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#1 User is offline   Otter 

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 09:42 PM

Hi all, i'm a young judoka with growing curiosity for everything judo. Just wondering if there is a a ideal (or specific) diet for the judo lifestyle.
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Posted 09 July 2011 - 10:25 PM

as a young judoka, the best diet is a balanced diet with plenty of calcium, protein, and the other building blocks necessary for growth. Eat healthy and sensible, and let your body grow. And, a pizza now and again, or a milk shake is perfectly acceptable, especially as your metabolism is in high gear.

Don't worry about weight if you're under 22. Playing with your weight can have serious detrimental effects, so just be natural, play natural, and only worry about weight if you get to the point where you want to try to make an Olympic team.

Oh, and make sure you stay hydrated. Can't stress that enough - a lot of judoka don't drink enough water.
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Posted 10 July 2011 - 04:38 PM

Here's a link to a lively forum discussion about milk from last year that you might enjoy...

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 05:48 PM

This is what I take after every judo training:

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+ some fresh milk.

Mmmm...damn..I'd like to have one now..but I don't have any..so sad.

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 06:46 PM

View Poststacey, on 09 July 2011 - 03:25 PM, said:

as a young judoka, the best diet is a balanced diet with plenty of calcium, protein, and the other building blocks necessary for growth. Eat healthy and sensible, and let your body grow. And, a pizza now and again, or a milk shake is perfectly acceptable, especially as your metabolism is in high gear.

Don't worry about weight if you're under 22. Playing with your weight can have serious detrimental effects, so just be natural, play natural, and only worry about weight if you get to the point where you want to try to make an Olympic team.

Oh, and make sure you stay hydrated. Can't stress that enough - a lot of judoka don't drink enough water.


Ms. Stacey ... ditto on your advice .... everything in moderation ... but you might want to connect the healthy eating and the healthy weight a bit more directly. Obesity among children is a worldwide epidemic. I think you were referring to targeting a specific weight for competition, cutting weight to meet an artificial target, were you not? I mention it because obesity has killed ... really and directly killed ... relatively young members of our dojo ... and because obesity is tolerated in judo.

Young Otter ... you know if you are a chubby tubby, right? Kids are more realistic and aware in that regard.

And because you are asking, you show your intelligence. So even if you are not a junior sumo type ... you know already what you should eat and what you should avoid.

Short answer ... no ... there is no special diet for judo any different than a proper diet for any other active young person.

Maybe you are asking because you've seen advertisements that say a particular product will make you better at sports? You already know, get rid of all that sugar that people are trying to sell you. Because you are smart enough, read labels, the boring part on the side, not the advertisement on the front. "Sports drinks" for example could be the biggest lie ever bottled. People are trying to sell you bad stuff at a big profit ... stuff full of cheap sugar and corn syrup that they tell you is fun ... or sometimes even things they tell you is good for sports ... you should be a little bit angry about that. Be equally skeptical about other stuff too ... protein bars for example ... read what's in stuff and make a decision about whether it is worth the money to pay for packaging when what you need is already in the fridge ... probably better to eat what's in the icebox in fact ... especially the produce drawer, right?

And yeah, share a pizza every now and then with your dojo buddies ... because when people make friends at the dojo and do other stuff together they miss workouts a whole lot less often. You won't feel pulled away from judo by your friends because the dojo will be where your friends are. The secret to judo? "Never miss practice."

Does that answer your question, or are you wondering about something else?

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 07:30 PM

Burger is not bad....

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 07:58 PM

Thanks for all the replies, useful and interesting stuff. To clarify i'm not overweight by any scale, and as for sports drinks, always been told by my instructer to opt for natural sugars in bananas.

Thanks again.
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Posted 10 July 2011 - 09:06 PM

View Postbillc, on 10 July 2011 - 01:46 PM, said:

Ms. Stacey ... ditto on your advice .... everything in moderation ... but you might want to connect the healthy eating and the healthy weight a bit more directly. Obesity among children is a worldwide epidemic. I think you were referring to targeting a specific weight for competition, cutting weight to meet an artificial target, were you not? I mention it because obesity has killed ... really and directly killed ... relatively young members of our dojo ... and because obesity is tolerated in judo.



We have a bingo. That's exactly what I meant.
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Posted 10 July 2011 - 09:17 PM

View PostOtter, on 10 July 2011 - 12:58 PM, said:

Thanks for all the replies, useful and interesting stuff. To clarify i'm not overweight by any scale, and as for sports drinks, always been told by my instructer to opt for natural sugars in bananas.

Thanks again.


Good, you listen to your sensei ...

... but ...

... you just touched on a pet peeve. There is no such thing as "natural sugar" ... sugar is sugar ... yes, there are different sugars ... monosaccharides and disaccharides ... and we probably have to include all starches because the body converts them to sugar, some of them more or less instantly on consumption.

Bananas contain three sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose ... but this is the same sucrose in cane sugar, the same fructose in the corn syrup in that sports drink, the same glucose as your body makes by enzymatic hydrolysis of starch. Chemically the same. Twelve grams of sugar is going to be twelve grams of sugar in a tall Coke, in a sports drink, in a piece of bread, or in a banana.

Yes, there are other things in bananas like vitamin C and potassium that are good, but no free rides on sugar just because it's in a banana, OK?

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 04:18 PM

View Poststacey, on 09 July 2011 - 05:25 PM, said:

And, a pizza now and again, or a milk shake is perfectly acceptable, especially as your metabolism is in high gear.


You misspelled 'mandatory.'
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Posted 21 July 2011 - 04:53 AM

View PostGant Grimes, on 11 July 2011 - 05:18 PM, said:

You misspelled 'mandatory.'


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Posted 21 July 2011 - 06:05 AM

View PostAgatsu, on 10 July 2011 - 12:30 PM, said:

Burger is not bad....


My son at a Lotteria in Harajuku ... ten patties and a dozen pieces of cheese ... NOT ideal ... but I guess that is what fuels those sets of 22 second 50s.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 06:41 AM

View PostAgatsu, on 11 July 2011 - 04:30 AM, said:

Burger is not bad....

Ahhh, Japan. Land of strong judo and big burgers. Coincidence? Hmmmm....

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 11:25 PM

Pfff. Amateurs, the lot of ya.

NO-one is mentioning THE single most important part of the judoka's diet....
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