Nutrition Tips for Youth Wrestlers

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    Weight management is a hotly debated topic in sports nutrition. Everyone will tell you that they have their own strategy that’s time-tested and proven to be the best way to approach a cut. Fair enough, there are many ways to skin a cat that’s for sure, but what’s really going on behind the scenes? What are these strategies and their powerful secrets hiding?


    The bottom line is that weight loss has a few basics around it that are universal and found in almost every diet-plan out there. The difference comes in the way the plan is executed and adjusted along the way. The athlete’s success with a diet can be greatly improved if they are undergoing the process in a controlled environment that is monitored by a coach or nutritionist.

    Having a second set of eyes on the situation allows for rapid critique and adjustment to the diet plan and training regimen to keep the progression of the athlete continuing perpetually. Wrestlers want to be as lean and as strong as possible, being overly muscular even if you are lean, may not offer advantages, in fact it may become a disadvantage if you end up in a higher weight class, wrestling in matches with opponents that have six to eight inches on your height and reach.


    Similarly, you do not want to be carrying around unwanted weight that prevents you from competing in the incorrect weight class. If you have a body fat percentage of 15% or more, then it might be time to consider getting lean before you resort to dehydration cut techniques or adding more muscle.

    Nutrition really can unlock the powers of your body and make it function at optimal levels. We take for granted everything that we throw down our necks every day and if we don’t monitor that, then there’s a high chance that today’s modern food sources will lead to in-effective nutrition and unwanted fat gain.


    There are three common body types to human beings, endo-morphs (people that are inclined to store body fat and are prone to obesity) Meso-morphs (people that are heavily set, but do not carry to much excess body fat) and ectomorphs (people that are naturally lean) People will be one of these 3 types or blends of them like an meso-ecto-morph (someone that is lean but can acquire good muscle mass)


    Adhering to a diet that is nutritious and balanced is important no matter where you are on the body type scale and executing it, is not as hard as it sounds. As long as you are clear on the reason for your actions, that is; achieving your ideal weight for wrestling that allows you to compete effectively in a weight-class that suits your body type.

    The key is to understand what your body needs in terms of fuel requirements everyday (calories) and the best fuel to feed it (food quality). Everyone’s requirements are different, so it is best to start things off right and visit a nutritionist that specialises in sports nutrition. The nutritionist will give you valuable guidance on understanding your metabolic rate and how training and activity levels impact your food requirements.


    Nutritionists will also be able to provide you with a solid diet plan, that is adjusted to your personal needs, not cookie-cutter type diets that everyone reads about in forums and websites online. This article isn’t intended to provide diet plans or food choices, but more to convince you of another valuable point that all successful people have in common, that is; working with the right people.


    Your nutritionist should be a valuable asset to you during you training career and if you really want to excel in the sport, then adopting one as early as you can in your career is the best idea possible. The foods you eat in and around competition may vary greatly as some foods are designed to retain water.

    For example; Carbohydrates make the body hold onto 4 grams of water for every 1 gram of carbs you ingest. So if you are going into meet week and want to lose a little water weight, then eating carbs that you don’t need, might not be such a good idea. That being said, you would still need carbs after a workout in order to keep you muscles dehydrated and refueled with glycogen. It’s this knowledge that allows a nutritionist to help the youth wrestler in their weight management and helping them perform better in training and competitive environments.


    We are not saying that kids don’t deserve ice-cream and candy. Everything has its place in a well-balanced diet but taking a hap-hazard, touch & feel approach is not the best way to go about things either. Kids need the right nutrition to develop correctly and perform well in the class-room and on the wrestling mats, so ensure that you are giving them the right foods and presenting them with the right food choices to ensure their success in the sport.


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