During the holiday season, there are a lot of opportunities to eat high-calorie treats and drink at parties.
This could cause people to gain some unwanted weight, which in turn prompts them to make a new year’s resolution to shed the excess kilograms.
Fortunately, the heroes of ONE Championship are here to help.
Our athletes consistently train and adhere to strict diets to keep their bodies in peak physical condition. They, too, partake in the celebrations that come along with the holiday season, but they also know how to avoid the season’s pitfalls.
With that in mind, here is some valuable advice from our Japanese martial artists during this festive time of year.
“I have started to tackle this possible issue since the beginning of December. It is a ‘dangerous’ season since a lot of end-of-the-year parties are planned.
“I eat whatever I want once a day, even if it’s fried stuff. But other than that treat, I keep other meals lighter such as eating steamed vegetables. Also, I avoid taking in too much fat, and I do a lot of cardio and take a bath for an hour every day.
“I just cut veggies bite-size and microwave them to make steamed vegetables. I eat them with dashi (Japanese style soup stock) flavored salt and garlic-flavored olive oil. It is very filling, more than you think.
“In October 2019, I participated in ONE: CENTURY PART II, but I only gained one kilogram since then. I thought the end of the year might be a ‘dangerous’ season, so I have tried to keep the weight off.”
“You can put on a little weight during the holiday season. If you worry too much, you cannot fully enjoy it. Once the holiday season is over, get back to training and burn what you eat. When you have to enjoy, then enjoy!
“I haven’t enjoyed the holiday season in the past few years because I had bouts at the end of the year and had to prepare for those.”
“Does everyone gain weight? I think that’s just a temporary thing from swelling due to fluid retention.
“If you get back to a normal routine and start exercising again after the holidays, you will get back to your normal weight, so you shouldn’t worry too much.
“And I cannot drink alcohol at all since I don’t have a tolerance. That’s why in my long career as a professional athlete, nobody said I gained weight. I think the main enemy is alcohol. Alcohol causes poor judgment and makes you eat more.”
“I don’t really recommend anyone to go on a diet. I have a hard time cutting weight, and if you are not a professional athlete, then you don’t need this hard work.
“I think you can enjoy the food since it is a once-a-year opportunity. Of course, you cannot eat too much. Besides, don’t keep eating meat, but have some veggies. I also eat like this.
“Also, I chew more than 30 times per bite, imagining ‘let the nutrition be part of my body.’ If you chew a lot, it slows you down and you will eat less.”
“If you eat, move. This is the best. It’s a basic rule.
“I also love eating. Eating properly enables me to move more. So even when I cut weight, I eat a full meal four times a day. I cut junk food and improve the quality of the diet, though.
“As an athlete, if I don’t eat properly and cannot perform well, then I cannot do effective training.”
“I think everyone already knows, but don’t overeat, and if you eat, move.”
“During the holiday season, I think the key is to make exercise a daily habit around this time of the year. It is better to tackle the weight issue before you gain.”
“I also put on weight during the holiday season. Eating delicious food is mentally beneficial, so let’s enjoy.
“But as an athlete, I think it is bad to keep indulging yourself. After the bouts are over, I can eat whatever I want. But I need to get back to a normal routine once the indulgent period is over.”
“When you overeat, just get exercise and make it ‘zero.’ During the winter, your body is trying to maintain heat and your metabolism is better than in the summer. It’s the ideal situation for burning fat.”
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“Everyone gathers around during the holiday season, and just avoiding the delicious feasts is not reasonable. For breakfast and lunch, eat until you really feel ‘I cannot eat anymore,’ and at night, play hard and go to bed earlier. And start again from early in the following morning.
“Just being an early riser will enable you to take this strategy. If you play like children at full power, then you cannot keep partying. If you spend a day lazily, your day will be longer and you will eat again at night.
“You won’t work anyway during the holiday season, so play hard until you doze off like kids.”
“I often give this advice to my wife, but going on a diet without eating is the worst thing. I tell her to eat well and move a lot. This is the best strategy to get fit. If you gain weight from the holiday season, then change your way of thinking, like, ‘It is the best chance to start exercising.’
“Thinking like this, it is better than stressing out by cutting food. Of course, you cannot keep eating foods that are higher in fat. If you feel weak from cutting food, then you cannot be stronger even if you do weight training or exercise.”