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Fighting Fit :: The Rite Way For A Professional Athlete to Diet

Professional mixed martial artist Damien Rooney has released a guide as to the best way for a professional athlete to keep your diet in check.

By John Balfe - 11 Jul 2017

The most common debate circulating the health and fitness industry is without a doubt, which “diet” is best to follow?

There are countless diets promoted by many different people in the nutritional field. Specialists in every area will try and tell you why what they believe in, is the best one to follow. There are benefits to the most popular diet methods but in case you know nothing about any of them, below is an introduction written by the book’s author Damien Rooney.

Paleo – “The Caveman Diet” as it is more commonly termed, is based on the ideology of when we were hunter-gatherers thousands of years ago. The primary recommended foods for this diet would be lean meats, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables primarily. The argument held is that these are all natural, unprocessed foods.

Intermittent Fasting – This has become especially popular in the last 12 months with a number of MMA fighters and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors becoming public advocates of this approach. In short, while there are many different breakdowns (timing, portions etc) the most common would be termed the 16/8 approach. This means you would have an 8 hour window to eat your calorie intake for the day and the remaining 16 would be spent fasting.

Ketogenic, is defined as a high fat, moderate protein, low carb dietary approach where your main source of calorie intake comes from dietary fat. Supporters of this diet follow the approach that when you use this method, the low carb intake forces your body to rely on fat burning for energy as opposed to carbs being the primary fuel source.

IIFYM – Short for “If it Fits Your Macros”, this system follows the idea that you need to take in a set amount of macros per day. Depending on body type, weight, gender and training goals, your macronutrient values are calculated and you can fill those values with whatever food source you like as long as it falls within the ranges.

All of these methods are only a small number of dietary approaches taken by the fitness community. All have a very strong argument as to why it is best to follow their approach. However, same as with a lot of things, it’s entirely down to a personal preference. Due to variables in a lot of peoples personal lives, i.e time constraints, work, kids etc, certain dietary approaches may not suit certain lifestyles.

With this in mind, Damien Rooney, a ten year professional mixed martial arts veteran and personal trainer has released The RITE Diet Cookbook.

This cookbook is designed to cater for everyone, no matter what nutritional protocol you are currently following there will be recipes to suit your needs. If you are following any of the dietary approaches mentioned in this article, you will be covered to make a variety of tasty breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, snacks and juice. With over 100 recipes in the book, as well as a comprehensive breakdown of calories, macronutrient content, and listings for meals that are low calorie, low carb, high carb and high protein.

So no matter what your current nutritional protocol, and training regime, there will be meal ideas to cater for everyone.

A lot general focus within the fitness community is geared towards either weight loss or weight gain depending on current training protocols. I feel while this book does take all of this into account , it also gives the consumer all of the information to make a detailed informed decision regarding their nutrition. So as well as being able to tailor your plan to your individual needs, there is also a huge focus placed on overall health and well being……the RITE way!

Words by Damien Rooney.

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Damien Rooney has been a professional MMA fighter since 2008 and has faced the likes of Tom Duquesnoy, Neil Seery, Alan Philpott and Paddy Holohan throughout his career.

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