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High-Protein Diet Spurs Safer Weight Loss Among “Combative” Athletes

April 5, 2010: 09:31 AM EST
Athletes who participate in so-called “combative” sports often resort to harmful weight-loss measures to reach weight class goals, including starvation diets, sauna suits, etc. But new US research has found that participants in mixed martial arts, wrestling and boxing can lose weight quickly without jeopardizing their health. The key is eating a high-protein diet customized for a person’s weight class, and eating several meals a day, rather than one meal, which can be hazardous to health. The high-protein diet technique was tested among soldiers and Air Force cadets who trained at Kansas State University in combatives, which combine submission wrestling with elements of kickboxing and mixed martial arts. The protein diet sparked weight loss, did not negatively affect athletic performance and helped increase lean muscle mass.
Jen Case & Mark Haub, "High-Protein Diet Can Help Athletes in Sports Like Mixed Martial Arts Meet Weight Class Goals without Endangering Health", News release, Kansas State University, April 05, 2010, via Newswise, © Kansas State University
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