Is it unhealthy to cut 20lb in 24 hours? v. theultimatefighter

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  1. Bush77

    Bush77 New Member

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    I was watching that show and for some of the matches, the fighters were forced to cut down to their weight class restrictions in as little as 24 hours.

    A couple of guys cut from 190lb to 170lb in a day! i thought this was ridiculous, it seems unbelievable. They often just sat in a sauna with layers of clothing on, then got on a treadmill. how unhealthy is this?
     
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    Heating up your internal organs, dehydrating yourself, starving yourself, pretty unhealthy. It won't do much (permanent) damage if it's only done every once in awhile I suppose.
     
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    jackjohnson simple as something nobody knows OT Supporter

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    its pretty safe. i got to 145 and knew it was time to cut. ive been knocking off arond 12 pounds a day for the past 4 days
     
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    :rofl:
    so you're down to 97 pounds?
     
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    ah ok that makes a lot of sense. After they lose the 20lbs, will it come back right after they start eating/drinking again? Is it mostly fat that's lost? how come f&ners dont do it?
     
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    it's water.
     
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    ThenameT Guitar Player/Food Enthusiast

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    That's not even possible. I don't care what you say...
     
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    he was only 5 lbs short of reaching his weigh in goal... the trainers were sayin he coulda done it easy but he gave up.
     
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    It really is. It isn't easy, one guy quit because he couldn't handle it. A few in the first season had to cut from 185-195 to 170 to be able to fight in the middleweight division. it's instense what they go through though
     
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    ThenameT Guitar Player/Food Enthusiast

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    In 24 hours cut 20lbs?! Give me a break...
     
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    it's possible, it's called WATERWEIGHT
     
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    They did that last season too, they always have to hold the door closed so the guy can't get out. I'm waiting for someone to pass out while the cameraman is taping them locked inside. The guys know what weight they are going to need to be at, why they don't start preparing a little beforehand I'm not sure.
     
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    it isn't that unrealistic if you think about it. They spend a large amount of time in saunas without eating or drinking. They just lose alot of water in their system so they can fight, it isn't like cutting fat or anything.
     
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    ThenameT Guitar Player/Food Enthusiast

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    Use CAPS all you want, I STILL DON'T BELIEVE IT.
     
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    ThenameT Guitar Player/Food Enthusiast

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    I understand that, but come on man... 20 lbs in water? Nuh uh.
     
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    the body is made up of about 70% water. That means that theoretically there is 140lb of water in a 200lb person correct? or am i dead wrong...

    regardless, they fucking do it numerous times on the show...
     
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    ThenameT Guitar Player/Food Enthusiast

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    Whatever... who ever would do that (if it is possible) is a douchebag.
     
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    They have to do it.... you can't fight unless you weigh a certain ammount, they'd be disqualified. They do what they have to fight... and like someone said earlier it isn't that unhealthy.
     
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    I think it means 70% of the space of the body is water, not the weight.
     
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    ThenameT Guitar Player/Food Enthusiast

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    I'll give you that it might, might, MIGHT, be possible... but you think this is not that unhealthy? Please...
     
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    But you need most of the water to maintain a fluid balance. It's the same reason you can't live off sea water. (You'd die if you just drank sea water, and dehydrating yourself like that amounts to the same thing.)
     
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    i'm not a doctor, i have no idea how healthy or unhealthy it is. I'm just basing it on what people said earlier.

    You should watch the show tonight. 11pm est on spiketv. There's a fight every week and in many cases they have to drop a bunch of water for the weigh in. it's really an interesting show.
     
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    Some people appear to not understand what waterweight is.
     
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    ThenameT Guitar Player/Food Enthusiast

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    Ok confucius... explain what the fuck happens during the release of water weight...
     
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    Water leaves the body through the bladder and pores, and is not replenished. It's not healthy but the long term damage is very minimal if it is not sustained. If you don't eat or drink, the body will go into fat storing mode and shut down processes it doesn't need to survive, starting with your reproduction system (I think) and eventually eyesight, consciousness, etc. Try sweating for 24 hours and not drinking anything, you'll see just how possible it is.

    Hell, I fluctuate well over 10lbs in just 1 night of drinking, all waterweight.
     
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