Here at Venture Martial Arts, we know that To be at your best you must eat food that helps fuel your body! The better you eat, the better you will feel! This will improve all areas of your life! But it will especially help you in improving your martial arts skills! Here are some things you can add to or increase in your diet to improve your martial arts fitness:
Green Tea: The Japanese have this one right, and it’s probably a huge reason for their longevity and health. In Japan, “ocha” as it’s called is served everywhere, all the time. Studies show green tea can reduce the size of your fat cells and make your muscle cells more active. Its many positive weight management attributes include the following: The ability to increase metabolism resulting in the burning of body fat. The ability to suppress the absorption of fat. High levels of an important polyphenol antioxidant, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is believed to be responsible for much of green tea’s promise in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, obesity, Alzheimer’s, cancer, periodontal disease and dental cavities. Some studies say that consuming five cups of green tea a day can burn around 80 calories. Consuming green tea also enhances your mood.
Eggs: Eggs are the ultimate food and nature’s most powerful protein source. In the not-too-distant past, however, eggs had a bad rap due to cholesterol claims. Thankfully, however, the clout has been lifted and there are now several studies that show dietary cholesterol has a very little effect on blood cholesterol levels. Your body’s cholesterol levels are typically a result of high arterial inflammation caused by processed carbohydrates. Free-range eggs are packed with essential fatty acids and protein – definitely a great combination for a fat-burning food. Loads of research has been done that supports the notion of those who start their day with eggs not only eat fewer calories throughout the day but also lose significantly more body fat.
Avocados & Fish: The mono-unsaturated fats found in avocados are burned readily for fuel during exercise and actually encourage fat burning. Avocados also contain a very interesting carb called mannoheptulose, a sugar that actually blunts insulin release and enhances calcium absorption, both of which are critical for encouraging fat loss. The fats in fish oil activate proteins in your body that increase fat-burning for energy. Eat fish like salmon and halibut. Our bodies usually convert alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) to DHA, at only about a 5% efficiency. This makes it difficult to get DHA from a plant-based diet. Fish is a great way to skip this conversion and get right to the end product – DHA. Fish also, of course, contains plenty of lean protein for building fat-burning muscles.
Water: Water is so key, so pivotal for many health triggers. Proper hydration can elevate your metabolism by 3 percent, helping you burn more fat. Contrary to popular belief, if someone is retaining “water weight,” their body probably needs more water in the first place! Drink water to flush out bloat and eliminate fluid retention.
Broccoli: This fibrous carb doesn’t provide many net carbs or calories, but it can make you feel full – one reason why it’s a great food for getting lean. Not only is it packed full of fiber which aids your metabolism and gastrointestinal system, it’s insanely nutrient packed as well. No other food has such a drastic nutrient-to-calorie ratio. Broccoli contains phytochemicals that also help enhance fat loss.