Season 2 Episode 46, Dr. Bubbs sits down with nutrition expert Dr. Doug Kalman PhD to talk about the physical demands of mixed-martial arts, boxing and other combat sports, the pre-camp testing Doug likes to use to assess his athletes, how far out from competition is ideal to start cutting weight, the reality of making weight on short notice, the dangers of old-school weight-making strategies during weigh-in week as well as Doug’s preferred methods to achieve the target weight. Doug also shares how a fighter's nutrition changes from weigh-in to fight night, factors to consider when traveling, and explains how combat sports are “chess with consequences”. Great stuff here from Dr. Kalman!
Summary of This Episode
1:00 – How Doug got interested in nutrition
3:00 – What are the demands of combat sports?
5:45 – Pre-camp testing for combat sports
11:50 – Body composition assessment in fighters
14:45 – How far out from weigh-in is ideal in combat sports?
17:30 – Target weekly calorie deficits and bodyweight loss
19:00 – Meal frequency and weight-cutting
21:20 – Resting metabolic rate over a season with weight-cutting
23:10 – Acute old-school vs. evidence-based strategies during weigh-in week.
28:20 – Post-weigh in nutrition to perform on fight night
36:45 – Pre-fight meal – factors to consider
43:00 – Combat sports = “chess with consequences”
45:15 – Doug’s one piece of advice for fighters
Links to Research Papers
About Dr. Doug Kalman PhD
Dr. Doug Kalman PhD is the co-founder of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), Vice President of Scientific Affairs at Nutrasource, Adjunct Professor of Sports Nutrition at Nova Southeastern University, Sports Nutritionist for Hardknocks 365 (MMA training facility) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA), as well as a consultant to numerous professional and elite athletes. Follow Doug on Twitter @dougkalmanphdrd and Instagram @dougkalman.