Having a proper diet is essential not just to your health and life in general, but to how good you’ll perform in your BJJ training as well. In other words: what you eat before Jiu-Jitsu class will greatly determine the quality of your training!
So, what should you eat before BJJ?
THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE
Before we take a look into what you’re supposed to eat, it’s a good idea to understand what you want to achieve first.
That is, you want to eat in such a manner that you’ll have enough energy for the entire training session. Drilling and rolling for one or two hours is no joke, so you want to make sure that the meal supports your energy levels for the time being.
However, you also want to feel comfortable with the food you ate. There isn’t much use in eating meals that will pack you with energy, if they will make you feel bloated, sick; or if they end up with you rushing to the bathroom. So, you need to eat something that’s simultaneously easy on the stomach, but rich in terms of acquired energy.
Additionally, you want to make it simple. Don’t turn eating before Jiu-Jitsu into a complicated matter. As you’ll see, it’s pretty easy to understand and follow; if you make it too complex, it’s going to be way easier to fall off the wagon.
SO, WHAT SHOULD YOU EAT BEFORE JIU-JITSU TRAINING?
With those few basic tenants out of the way, let’s consider what you should eat before training. Mike Dolce explains that it’s a wise idea to eat a bit of simple sugar and essential fat; it’s a combination that will set you up for lasting throughout the entire training session with no loss of energy. The simple sugar from an orange will get you going, while the avocado’s essential fats will keep your energy at a high level.
For example, you could eat an orange and a bit of avocado, as Mike proposes. You could do it about 30 minutes before training, or even 45 or 60 minutes… You’ll need to experiment with the time frame – and find what works best for you!
Now, if you want to take it a step further with the stuff you eat – Mike explains – you can take a bit of almond spread on whole-grain bread, and then eat a bit of honey. However, make sure to eat this meal a bit further away from when you’d eat the avocado and orange; around a hour to an hour and a half before training, that is.
If you wish to take it even further, then you can grab a sweet potato with some chicken. This you should eat at least an hour and a half before training.
In other words, as Mike explains it: the more complex the meal, the further way you should eat it before training.
This is important to follow, in order to achieve the adequate balance between possessing enough energy and not feeling bloated prior to your Jiu-Jitsu practice.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
See – it isn’t so complicated! You just have to follow a couple of basic tenants, eat a combination of simple sugars and essential fats, within an adequate time frame… And you’re set for an awesome training session!
Keep it simple like this. It’s the same thing as with BJJ; the moment you forego the simplicity it entails, is the moment when you will start getting tapped out more frequently.
Watch the video below, where Mike Dulce explains what you should eat before your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training in much more detail:
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