Can I cut 25 lbs in 7 1/2 weeks?

Nickuraba

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Hey guys, I was hoping some of you could offer my some advice on this one. I'm 24, 5'9 198 and I'm looking to enter my first submission grappling tournament on September 25,th. Honestly, I'm a good grappler, but I don't have that super human bench press kind of power. I'm just not THAT strong for my weight. So, to give myself a half of a chance to have some success in this tournament, I'm wanting to cut down to the 174.9 class. I know the 190 guys would eat me alive, so I've got to cut down to 174.9 just to make a good showing. So my question is, should I just wait for the next toruney to come around, or can I really drop this much weight and still feel good and retain my current strength? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks
 
Nickuraba said:
Hey guys, I was hoping some of you could offer my some advice on this one. I'm 24, 5'9 198 and I'm looking to enter my first submission grappling tournament on September 25,th. Honestly, I'm a good grappler, but I don't have that super human bench press kind of power. I'm just not THAT strong for my weight. So, to give myself a half of a chance to have some success in this tournament, I'm wanting to cut down to the 174.9 class. I know the 190 guys would eat me alive, so I've got to cut down to 174.9 just to make a good showing. So my question is, should I just wait for the next toruney to come around, or can I really drop this much weight and still feel good and retain my current strength? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks
One of my clients did. In fact he was within his weight class within six weeks and cruised his last two. It all is up to how determinded you are and how bad you want it. It would have to be a diet followed to a T. Also no cheating and making every single workout count. In can be done, it is really up to you.
 
combatjujitsu said:

Keep in mind this is weighing in on the day of the event. So the cutting 20 pounds in the sauna doesn't work here. You have to REALLY LOSE the weight.
 
I already gave you a answer that has nothing to do with that.
 
I lost 40 lbs in 4 1/2 weeks. Not the healthiest thing I ever did, but it can be done, and 25 lbs in 2 months can be done and still maintain power and stamina. But, do not live in the Sauna.
 
Completely possible, and depends only on your will power. Try to cut alot soon, so you're not over working yourself the week leading up to your match.
 
Best thing to do is to get on a strick diet and workout plan but monitor your strenght carefully just incase you start loosing some muscle you may want to wait for the next torney so you can retain your str and dominate, but 20+ lbs in 2 months should be a cake walk.
 
Nickuraba said:
Hey guys, I was hoping some of you could offer my some advice on this one. I'm 24, 5'9 198 and I'm looking to enter my first submission grappling tournament on September 25,th. Honestly, I'm a good grappler, but I don't have that super human bench press kind of power. I'm just not THAT strong for my weight. So, to give myself a half of a chance to have some success in this tournament, I'm wanting to cut down to the 174.9 class. I know the 190 guys would eat me alive, so I've got to cut down to 174.9 just to make a good showing. So my question is, should I just wait for the next toruney to come around, or can I really drop this much weight and still feel good and retain my current strength? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks

I'd be concerned about your strength loss if you crashed like this, anyway.

It seems like a double-edged sword: stay where you're at and be weak at a heavier weight, or crash weight (probably resulting in a strength diminishment) and be weak at a lighter weight.

The person you always listen to is your manager, of course, but if it were up to me (and I'm a HW, so this isn't my thing) I would do a lean cut over a longer period of time and enter the next tournament.
 
It can easily be done without losing strength if done correctly.
 
I lost 40 in 12 on GArden of Life Super Seed and Country Life greens.
 
Should be do-able. I've just shifted 10lb in 3 weeks to get under 170lb for my first BJJ tournament. You need to lose about 3lb a week. I did the same by removing 1,000 kcal's a day from my diet and adding an extra 500 kcal cardo session to my training (20mins). Each 500 kcal per day is 1lb of bodyweight, either way each week.

The weight just dropped off me, but I did keep the calorie intake steady and do the extra cardo. Shouldn't be too difficult as long as you're strict.
 
biggest thing i would say in increase protien and decrease carbs.
 
So soft drinks whatsoever, as yomon said increase protein and decrease carbs. Run like you are being chased bye Jason, Friday the 13th. Lift weights as much as possible, until you can lift them anymore. Try lifting twice a day, eat alot of leafy green vegetables and no carbs means no bread, no potatoes none of that trash. I dropped 90 pounds in 3 months bye doing all of this, so it may work for you. In the end its about your will to loose the weight. It wont magically fall off of you, you have to pay the price if you want to loose that weight.
 
its difficult to say without knowing your exact situation.
you didnt give any details like your current body fat etc
i was the same waight as you and i droped about what you wanna drop
in 3 months easily (could have done it in 2) but i was soft(fat) so its not such a big deal.

are you pretty dry for your wieght ?
maybe spend 50 bucks and see a dietian
 
I lost 36 pounds on a low carb diet in 6 weeks,but my strenght was low. For some reason when I do low carb diets I bleed very easy when I shave, anyone know why?
 
It can be done, I went from 215 to 184 in 12 weeks and was plenty strong for my touney last April in Orlando. I took gold also.
 
oh you can defintely lose that kind of weight in 7 1/2 weeks. but it depends on your discipline and whether you have the body composition(i.e. body fat% and overall muscle mass at 198) I suggest you take a book out of Sean Sherk's book and do a test cut about 2 weeks before the weigh in. And then assess your strength and endurance at 175. This means cut to about 180 in 5 weeks, leave the last 1/2 week to cut remaining 7. Assess strength and endurance. Then you have a week to maintain around the 180-185 area. Cut remaining in last week.
 
neosamurai1979 said:
Bobby Southworth did it in a day...7 1/2 weeks should be no problem.


Dam, you stole my thunder....
And look at Bobby now, he's fighting for a HW title w/ some small mma association.
Guess he couldn't keep the weight off, or maybe he just fights better heavy?
 
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