Diet is known to be one of the most important habits next to training itself. Boxers find themselves exhausted quickly, or find their muscles not recovering fast enough. As the saying goes, you are what you eat. If you do not eat right, you will not be right.
There are a lot more useful articles about diets out in the internet than I can write. Hence, instead of writing what would likely end up as a regurgitation from really great articles, I thought I’d briefly pen down some of my thoughts, and recommend some really detailed and useful articles that are already on the internet.
You are what you eat
Most will agree on four main types: carbohydrates (for energy), protein (for muscle repair and growth), fats (to properly absorb vitamins), and of course, water (our body is mostly made of water). When we work out or fight, we lose a lot of water… you already know the importance of water).
What we would want to avoid are certainly obvious foods like processed food, saturated fats, deep fried (or fried) stuff, and generally food you know that makes you feel sick and/or sluggish. An unfortunate clue that we are not eating right often starts from the fact that they taste good.
While there will be boxers who completely avoid bad foods, I would suggest to eat even the fun stuff in moderation. Then again, boxers who have certain conditions should know better what they can or cannot touch at all. Exercise discretion (no pun intended).
You are what you read
Before I sign off this post, here are two articles I thought were helpful to me:
- Boxing Training Diet by Dr Rick Kattouf II, at Livestrong.com
- Boxers Diet: The importance of a good diet, at talkboxing.co.uk
If it helps, the following book might be of good use too:
|Extract from Amazon.com:
Along with the many benefits of leisure-class living comes obesity and its attendant ailments. In The Warrior Diet, Ori Hofmekler looks not forward but backward for a solution–to the primal habits of early cultures such as nomads and hunter-gatherers, the Greeks, and the Romans. Based on survival science, this book proposes not ordinary dietary changes but rather a radical yet surprisingly simple lifestyle overhaul.Kindle and other editions available at Amazon.com.