When people talk to me about starting to train in Jiu-Jitsu, some say that they want to “get in shape before starting.” I always respond with “Jiu-Jitsu will take you as you are” and then share my experience from when I started Jiu-Jitsu. I was 25 pounds heavier and at about 20% body fat. As I started training I realized that if I ate poorly, I felt worse during class and I was not able to train as long during the “rolling” part of class that always followed technical instruction. So, I began to eat healthier, which allowed me to “roll” longer. Long story short is, I lost on the average about one pound per week for the first 20 weeks. I felt a lot better and my friends began to mention that they could tell I had lost the weight.
If you want to get the most out of any physical training then you need to treat your body right to enable it’s best performance. This includes getting the right amount of sleep and changing your thoughts about food. Think of food’s purpose as “fuel” not “fun”.
Try to shop the outside edge at the supermarket and supplement your fuel intake as needed.