Cutting weight is a short-term weight loss process where an athlete loses fat mass rapidly. This weight loss is temporary and must be done safely. Chances are, you know someone who has cut weight for competition, or you have done it yourself. Sweet Science of Fighting put this in words perfectly: “If done correctly, the weight cut should be a planned, prepared, and easy process to perform which will result in a well-nourished, well-hydrated, and happy athlete in the ring, octagon, or on the mats.”
You should make sure you have a plan and are making safe decisions. If you are unsure or have never cut weight before, you should consult your physician and/or professionals. However, there are a few things you can consider to help you make weight without actually cutting weight at all.
1. Lightweight Gi: Is your gi the absolute lightest gi available that is also competition approved? Gis can weigh anywhere from 2.0 pounds to 6 pounds on the heavier end. If your gi is on the heavier side, you can shave off a pound or two just by wearing a lighter gi. For example, the Vulkan ESSENTIAL ND or the ULTRA Light NEO series weighs approximately 2.0 pounds in the small sizes (A00, A0, A1) The A2s, A3s, A4s weight more.
2. Belt: Like weighing your gi, you should know how much your belt weighs. Some belts are heavier and thicker than others. It might not take off as much as a pound but every ounce counts! Our Vulkan belts weight about 6 oz on the smallest size.
3. Hair: If you are down to the wire, feeling desperate and cannot seem to make those last few ounces drop, you can consider how much hair you have. Hair can weigh a few ounces at shorter lengths and up to a pound for those with longer, thicker locks.
These methods can only guarantee a set amount of weight as they are tangible pounds. Giving yourself enough time and proper planning will always be the best method. Sweet Science Of Fighting’s full guide on weight cutting including scientific background is a great starting point. Access the article here.