Cut Week

Ah, the best part.  Cutting weight.  Some of you may have read my post about the actual weight cut from my last fight.  The week of the cut is almost as fun.

RULE #1:  Drink 2 gallons of distilled water a day.  The distillation process removes all of the dissolved minerals in the water.  The result is water that absorbs minerals in your body such as sodium and potassium, and makes you pee them out.  It also tastes like iron for some reason.  Very appetizing.  Some hippies use distilled water on their “cleanse” diets.

Distilled Water

RULE #2:  Low carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates in the food we eat are what give us energy.  Unfortunately, they also make you retain water.  The week of the cut the only carbohydrates I eat come from raw fruits and vegetables.  The result is a skinny, sluggish, grumpy Thunder.

RULE #3:  No sodium (hence the distilled water).  If you’re ever bored at the grocery store, take a look at the labels on all the food and beverages.  They will all have one thing in common — sodium.  That’s because sodium (and added sugar — see the low carbohydrate rule above) is what makes food taste good.  Pretty much the only things I eat during the week of the cut are plain cooked meats, fruits, and vegetables.  No Brothers BBQ.  No Chick-Fil-A.

When I travel for my fights, I always pack a George Foreman grill.  In case you didn’t know, the Foreman grill really knocks out the fat.  I usually head to the nearest grocery store, buy a pack of chicken breasts, some apples to snack on, and some broccoli or asparagus.  Then it’s onto Foreman-grilled chicken breasts and grilled broccoli for the rest of the week.  By the end of the week, I’m hungry as hell, but not inspired enough to make it through another bland meal.

Luckily, when I’m home, my wife (who is much more creative in the kitchen than me), hooks up some great low-sodium and low-carbohydrate meals.  I also have my smoker at home.  Although it doesn’t “knock out the fat”, the meat that comes out of it tastes much better than their grilled counterparts.

It's Fish

Smoked salmon with mango salsa and roasted garlic broccolettes.

So here I am, on the Thursday night before weigh ins, about to have my last meal before the cut.  At least I’m not as miserable as I would be if I were on the road.

See you guys Saturday night.

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