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Pro Wrestling Diet

author image Martin Green
Based in London, Martin Green has written news, health and sport articles since 2008. His articles have appeared in “Essex Chronicle," “The Journal” and various regional British newspapers. Green holds a Master of Arts in creative writing from Newcastle University and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.
Pro Wrestling Diet
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A healthy, balanced diet is essential if you want to make it as a successful pro wrestler. Almost all pro wrestlers have muscular bodies that appear ripped. To achieve this, you need to combine exercise and intensive training with a diet that is low in fat and high in protein. Pro wrestling is a demanding sport, and to compete you need power, agility, strength, stamina and a nutritional diet.


The idea behind a pro wrestling diet is to burn off excess fat and maximize muscle mass. To do this, you need to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Aim to eat foods high in protein and low in fat, such as turkey, fish, skinless boneless chicken, egg whites and flank steak. Protein builds up your muscles and repairs them after training. You need fat in your diet, but avoid saturated fat. Fats found in olive oil, nuts, oily fish and avocados increase the size of vascular muscles. Yams, whole grains, brown bread, rice and pasta are good carbohydrates, which give you the energy to train for pro wrestling. Drink plenty of water to keep your muscles hydrated and eat lots of fruit and vegetables.


Diet is just as important as training for a pro wrestler. According to former Olympic gold medalist and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle, you need to stick to a strict diet if you want to achieve the type of brawny, toned body you need to be a pro wrestler. If you do not eat well, you will never muster the required energy levels. Angle eats 300 to 400 grams of protein, 150 to 200 grams of carbohydrates and roughly 55 grams of fat per day, and this keeps him looking good and energized.

Time Frame

Instead of eating three square meals per day, aim to eat around seven, smaller meals, the first at 7.30 a.m. and at 2 hour intervals thereafter. This speeds up your metabolism and you lose fat quicker. If you combine a healthy diet with training, you should notice a difference after a few weeks. If you keep it up for four to six months, you should see big changes.


If you maintain a healthy, balanced pro wrestling diet, the benefits are endless. Not only will you look good enough to compete with the best, you will feel healthy and revitalized. It benefits your skin, your breathing and the flow of blood through your body. It combats such diseases as diabetes, stroke, various cancers and heart disease. A balanced diet stimulates growth and development and maintains cells, tissues and organs, explains Linda Loma University, and this is what you get in a pro wrestling diet.


A pro wrestling diet will fail if you eat too much junk. Seriously cut back on foods high in saturated fat. It can be a challenge to get enough protein to make a pro wrestling diet work, so many pros drink protein shakes. There are many different kinds, and you should consult your doctor before use. Achieving the type of body you see in pro wrestling is hard work, and it can be tempting to cheat by taking steroids, but this is never recommended. Steroid use is linked to several deaths among pro wrestlers, and the side effects can be harmful if not fatal.

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