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Mixed martial artist Michelle Waterson competes in the UFC, and at one point was the top ranked female atomweight fighter in the world. It wasn't just her skill and passion that got her there, though; she said she takes her nutrition very seriously when in season.
During training camp, Michelle makes it a point to adjust her eating habits in a way that best fuels her body. "For me, it's mostly just eating all clean, whole foods and if I keep it that simple then it is a lot easier for me to follow," she said.
For breakfast before training, she'll eat eggs, turkey bacon, and toast with either peanut butter or avocado on top. She'll always have a cup of coffee to go along with this and a big glass of water to start getting hydrated before practice. "Along with that breakfast I’m having a cup of coffee to get me going for the day and also a huge glass of water or I just take a bottle of BODYARMOR with me," she said. Michelle counts her macros, so she likes to be aware of what proteins, fats, and carbs each of her meals is providing her.
For lunch, she'll often go for a plant-based protein shake so she's not too full before training: "I'm usually in-between practices so I don't want to eat anything too heavy," she said. If she is going to eat a full meal, it's often a lean grilled meat with veggies. Sometimes, she'll have a sweet potato, rice, or quinoa on the side for extra carbs.
Carbs are an important part of her training diet, and Michelle said she performs the best when eating things like fish, white rice, and asparagus. The carbs allow her bursts of energy in the 15-to-25 minute long fights she competes in.
Still, the lady loves a cheat meal just as much as the rest of us. Her celebration meal is a big burger with all the fixings and sauces, a side of fries, and a Coke or a beer. It's the best, she confirms.
...I'll take her word for it because, after all, she's one of the top-ranked women's UFC fighters out there. She knows what she's talking about!
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