Is it really possible to lose 30 pounds in 5 days? Yes.
Warning – This method of losing weight is not a sustainable approach and will not provide long term results. The method I’m about to share with you is dangerous and should not be attempted without supervision.
MMA Fighters will do pretty much anything to gain a competitive advantage and they put their bodies through some brutal methods to do so. They manipulate their bodies days before the fight in order to weigh in at a much lower weight than they normally walk around at, to gain most of it back before entering the ring to try and slap the heads of each other. This is the fight before the fight and can break any fighter both mentally and physically while potentially mess up inner organs and cause serious damage if taken too far.
So the average adult body actually consists of about 60 % water which is something the fighters use to their advantage when cutting weight. It’s that fluid they want to squeeze out and they dehydrate themselves to lose most of the weight. They are usually already in great shape and have low body fat percentages so they won’t really burn much fat of in the weight cutting process. It’s not calories in calories out here but more about manipulating your water and sodium levels and put your body in overdrive to flush that weight off.
So to start of the weight cut on day 5, they will drink a shitload of water, and a shitload equals at least 2 gallons or 8 liters of water. Drinking a lot more water than usual will not necessarily make you gain weight but will put your body into overdrive and trigger it to excrete and flush out more water than you take in and you might actually burn some extra calories from bouncing to the bathroom about 20 times a day.
They also cut their carbs out completely which means they only eat foods with proteins and fats along with their water. A popular diet is the ketogenic diet which also manipulates your body similarly to the water loading. So they hold carbs extremely low or skip it completely, eat about 70 % of their caloric intake in fat and the rest in protein and this diet is pretty easy to adhere to and is something they follow even when they don’t need to cut. When there is no carbs in the body, there is no glycogen or blood sugar to get energy from and the body instead turns to fat for energy which is super effective if you want to get ripped as fuck. Another huge benefit with this kind of diet is that 1 gram of carb pulls 2.7 grams of water, and getting rid of carbs will essentially flush even more water out.
So onto the micronutrients and the most important one when cutting weight – Sodium. The meals when cutting weight might not taste as good as usual because there’s basically no salt allowed. This is because the level of sodium in your blood rises when eating a meal rich in salt, and sodium attracts and holds onto water which in turn increases the blood volume. This is also what makes you feel bloated and should definitely be avoided when cutting. And the huge amounts of water they drink in the early stages will turn down aldosterone, which is a hormone that acts to conserve sodium and secrete potassium. Sodium and potassium are indirectly related so when potassium levels are high sodium levels are low and that’s why it’s beneficial to eat foods rich in potassium as a way of lowering the sodium levels.
As they get closer to weigh in they will decrease the amount of water they take in from 2 gallons the first day to 1 gallon on day 2 and 3, half a gallon on day 4 and only .25 gallons on the day before weigh ins. On the actual weigh in day, they sometimes cut water to only a few sips if they are still overweight.
However this is not the only method to cut weight as they also expose their bodies to heat as a way of extracting even more water out of the system.
One very popular and extremely effective way of doing just that is through hot baths. Hot baths are no biggie right? Try to say that after dehydrating and manipulating your body for 4 days straight being dry as a raisin. We sweat the most in hot humid environments and since water offers 100 % humidity and the water is really hot, it’s a jackpot. No more than 10-15 minutes at a time will do in the hot tub and they then move on to lighter versions of “sweating without moving”. Sauna and covering up in towels for are common methods here. They go through this cycle several times until they have extracted enough fluids.
A final push to get more fluids out of the body is to use natural diuretics. It’s not necessary but could very well be that last little step needed to make weight and they usually only turn to this option during the last two days if they are behind in the weight cutting. One of the most effective natural diuretics is dandelion root extract and can increase urination for 5 hours after consumption. This will result in more water being flushed out which is perfect and it’s very easy to gain the lost water weight back again after the weigh ins.
So they start of by drinking ridiculous amounts of water to trigger that overdrive and flush water out. Then they tighten that funnel of water supply as they get closer to weighing in for the fight and eventually stops it completely. They keep track of both macro and micronutrients to manipulate and throw the body off to their advantage with carb and sodium cutting. Hot baths, sauna and towel bathing are then used to extract more fluid and they can even throw in some exercises in the mix just to make it a little extra. Finish it of by forcing down some dandelion root extract and they are on their way to make weight and finally be able slap the heads of each other.
But guys again this is not a method for long term weight loss results and if you’re looking to shed fat you should look elsewhere. The best diet to follow is the one you can adhere to and I like the simplicity of intermittent fasting where you basically refrain from eating certain hours throughout the day. Ketogenic diet or flexible dieting are popular methods to stay lean for a longer period of time so definitely look into that.