Diet is important. It’s important if you take Muay Thai lessons in Singapore (or anywhere else), want to step inside the ring or just enjoy Muay Thai boxing. You’ll be missing out on some serious results if you don’t pay attention to your diet. You’re already putting in the hard work, so reward your body and open the gate for the results that you’ve already worked for.
The Foundation: Calories
It’s unavoidable – Calories do count. We know, nobody wants to measure their food, order salad instead of fries or be the guy to track every single gram of sugar. We’re not suggesting that, so don’t panic!
Muay Thai is a sport that involves very intense training and the potential for a huge number of calories to be burned. It’s vital that you fuel your body with enough Calories to work hard, but if you want to lose a few pounds, that doesn’t mean you get to eat everything in sight.
Where to begin?
There are loads of great calculators online, but our favourite is over at this link– it’ll give you a good idea of how much you can eat a day.
The Building Blocks: The Right Foods
We’re not talking brown rice and chicken seven times a day. That’s not sustainable or practical. If you ever want to step inside the ring while living a life outside of your training – flexibility is important.
Eat a diet that rich in protein from quality sources:
- Lean meats: chicken, turkey, pork, beef (leaner cuts)
- Dairy: Greek yoghurt is an exceptional source of protein that tastes pretty good when combined with fruit
Fuel Your Workouts with carbohydrate rich foods that come from unprocessed sources. Starchy vegetables like potatoes are a good start – rice and pasta are excellent sources too. Just err on the side of caution with portions as they are very easy to overeat.
Fats: Often ignored
Fats are demonised and often ignored but having an adequate amount of fat in your diet with help you recover and perform well in your Muay Thai classes. Nuts, meat and fish all contain fat that has an important role to play in your diet.
Portions are the hardest thing to get right. Thanks for the guys over at Precision Nutrition we’ve got a great guide to share with you, to make sure you get your portions right, check it out here.
These tips along with our Muay Thai classes in Singapore will help you make the most of your Thai boxing. You’ll be shedding those extra pounds and recovering so you can perform your best. Diet is often over complicated and if you get the basics right – you’ll be well on your way to achieving the results you want.