Amateur wrestling, high school and college, besides being a sport extremely dependent on physical strength and skill, is a game of weight. Possessing the strength of a 160 pound person, but physically facing, wrestling, a person with the strength of a 145 pound person, losing weight to match his opponent, is normal practice. There is nothing illegal about it, we are not talking about steroids or a physique enhancing drug. We are talking about controlling your body to achieve the goals your mind has set for itself.
In addition, there is a science to losing weight. Do it badly or too quickly and you will not only lose your advantage, but you will give your opponent a huge advantage by getting dehydrated and losing strength. You will enter the game tired and lazy, the exact opposite effect you were looking for.
Let’s get one thing clear before we start, you can’t lose 3 pounds of body fat in 1 hour unless you cut an appendix and that’s not an option. However, you can lose 3 lbs of total body weight by losing water weight. Remember Biology 101, the body can be 75% water, depending on the physical makeup of the person. The bigger the person, the greater the difference in water weight compared to a muscular person, for example.
So what we are really trying to do is rid the body of water (fluid), which will result in decreased body weight. So how can we do this safely?
The first issue we need to address is our diet, and I’m not just talking about eating healthy, I’m talking about eating sodium free. Salt is the main reason a healthy person retains water. There are other health reasons that cause water retention, but these do not apply in our case.
Therefore, if we remove as much salt from the body as possible, the body’s resistance to fluid loss decreases, which makes it easier to transmit water weight through sweat.
Sweating, if you remember, is the body’s natural function to cool itself down when temperatures rise above normal. Therefore, we have to create heat to raise the body temperature and force it to cool down by sweating.
There are probably many different methods, some complex such as water pills that cause a person to urinate continuously, to rid the body of fluid, but we will use an old proven method. Sweat.
Dress in warm clothing such as sweatshirts and sweatpants. You notice that I use the plural of shirts and pants because you are going to put on layers of these clothes, at least two layers and three if possible.
Make sure you wear some sort of hat, preferably a winter sock hat, as the body gets rid of a tremendous amount of heat through the head. We don’t want that to happen in this situation. We want to conserve as much internal heat as possible.
Exercise vigorously for at least 10 minutes. It can be jogging, whether in place or around the gym, jumping jacks, whatever you find comfortable, but which will make you sweat well.
After you’ve created a good sweat, lie down and have someone wrap you in a wrestling blanket or mat. This will ensure that the body temperature remains elevated after exercise, which will continue to extract fluid through perspiration.
After 20 minutes, undress and weigh. You’ve probably lost more than three pounds, but if not, you still have time to straighten up, with dry clothes, and repeat the procedure.
As with any drastic or sudden body change, there are dangers associated with this procedure. Never perform this procedure alone. Always have a trainer or wrestler with quick access to the trainer, with you at all times. After you gain weight, rehydrate with drinks such as Gatorade which are high in electrolytes.
Source by Jim Bain