How Boxer Badou Jack’s Nutritionists Prep His Meals | The Assist | GQ Sports

it was what they called one of the worst cuts potentially in boxing history in the waning seconds of the 12th round my dear jack is chomping at the bit moving forward looking for more I lost a lot of blood probably to three liters of blood doctors ringside they said normally a regular person will pass out great nutrition and everything may maybe help me and that fight I feel younger don't feel like a 36 – I feel like a 26 year old lady my name is George Lockhart I'm co-founder from Lockhart & lief the performance-based nutrition company right here we're talking about the upcoming fight with body jack what we're gonna be doing as a company as a team to get him ready for the December 28th fight when I first started in the UFC they need help with weight cutting stuff like that and then you know I figured that boxing has been around for so long I figure they have it down pat and then actually started diving into it we realized like not these guys I needed to same amount of help in terms of nutrition and performance as well most boxers don't have nutritionist that's something that surprised me anything with a specialty sport like boxing and MMA you can constantly evolving constantly grow you're learning new techniques the longer that you're able to do that the longer you able to evolve the better you're gonna be so if you're eating properly you're recovering properly you're giving your body what it means when it needs it that's gonna give you longevity in your career most champions that think your UFC are like 36 37 so the longer that you can stay in the game and the longer you can you know recover the better you're gonna be my name is James Lachlan body of Jack's chef nutritionist for this world title fight camp my goal with him at this camp is to pull some weight off him half his energy levels remain very high have his muscle mass remain roughly what it is today so we're not losing anything and just have him feeling on fire by the time we get to fight week and fight day a big difference from my experience with UFC fighters and boxers UFC fighters want to step into the Octagon and be a little bit bigger so if they weigh in at 160 they want to read hydrate and then refuel and maybe they go in 15 pounds 18 pounds heavier than they were when they stepped on the scale that's gonna benefit them and when they're grinding and wrestling and jiu-jitsu as a boxer you want to be speed you're going 12 rounds so would you think about speed and agility you don't want to be carrying too much mass after you weigh in because then you your body might not quite be accustomed to it and you might fatigue boxers operate more around their fight weight than UFC fighters do in my opinion and from my experience but he was one of those guys that stays pretty straight year-round he calls James about eight weeks out and the thing is James went straight from triple G meets a couple of days off and then he came straight to by deal James is such a hot commodity that people are always calling from if we get six to eight weeks notice which is normal for a fight camp we're good to go what we're doing with Badou and every athlete that we have everything is very specific you know what our over Conor he's not getting the same nutrition as body they have different macronutrient needs their bodies are different they have different training schedules but also like one of them's more carbon active whereas one of them is more fat adapted by Conor I can factor literally load them up on carbs all day long this bike that serves it like that you know it's just why he's built this way is his body is and that's working with them time and time again you find out like okay what does he need for example when you're an aerobic meaning without oxygen your body's primary source of fuel is carbohydrates when you're aerobic your body's primary source of fuel is fact in terms of workouts we use something called metabolic equivalent right metabolic equivalent is a way that we measured the amount of calories an individual burns three point five is the bacterial amount of oxygen that somebody consumes and exhales permanent right so in do intensity times three point five divided by their overall kilograms and weight divide that and by 200 and multiply that by the duration of the workout so the higher the intensity and the longer the duration of the workout the higher obviously the the caloric intake is gonna be you burn a thousand calories jogging and you burn a thousand calories lifting weights you burn a thousand calories for both of those but you use different fuel sources if you're jogging to remember your aerobic when you're jogging so you burn more fat if you're lifting weights you burn more carbohydrates and what we do timing is everything I don't believe all calories are created equal it's not always about what ingredient is good or bad for you it's more about when is it good or bad for you so when we start camp together we live together I make it a point to live with my athletes whenever possible because I want to be glued to the hip to be able to make sure that my guy is drinking just the right amount of water and make sure that when his schedule changes on a dime the food can change on the dime I have snack balls that I prepare I have juices that I prepare ahead of time so everything is an on-the-go I love to take into account where that person comes from in the world and what their cultural cuisine is like so I'll do jack being Gambian and Swedish I do a lot of West African dishes a lot of spices herbs I even communicate with his mom and say hey how did you make this and she sends me recipes and then I'll put my twist on it by the end of camp I can tell when they're sad when they're happy when they're angry when they're hangry living with my guy is what it's all about I've been with Madhu for about almost three weeks now breakfast is always a very important part of what we do in this camp because it's an opportunity for us to get a lot of vitamins minerals digestive enzymes and nutrients into his system while he's on a fairly empty stomach every single morning I start with a fresh pressed juice today's juice we have mint basil dandelion jalapeno some citrus tumeric root and ginger roots they're highly anti-inflammatory so when he goes to Train and he beats his body up we're already set up to fight that inflammation that occurs we're going to help remove free radicals we're gonna improve his metabolism and have him fired up so when he does come time ready to eat lunch it's not like he hasn't had anything he'll be ready to burn that fuel quickly and then go into a rest state so that's the first portion of our breakfast some people that go to work cuz they have to James doesn't have to and he'd love this he loves working with people he genuinely wants them to succeed I'm the first time I went to his house he's got rosemary growing he's got sage growing he's got basil growing so like when he's at home he'll just come out his front yard just cut everything up so you cook it you know James says there's no cheat days but who needs to cheat when you're eating your food bro like it's 5-star meals every day the fighters I mean they're like yeah I don't cheat I'm like I wouldn't say that because it's so much discipline as to my sis is James is amazing cook what is this so the smoothie today we have blue-green algae in the form of spirulina it's anti-inflammatory we put mango a little blueberry maca root for energy support and just a little flax oil thank you honey little honey yes yes that's wrong so we've got the juice we've got the superfood smoothie going down the next and final course we're gonna do is just 21 green organic bread with an avocado spread over the top of it so it's fresh avocado it's coconut oil a little bit of sea salt a little bit of black pepper freshly cracked black pepper has an ingredient called Piper in and that helps the body absorb nutrients from food so we cut a lot of cracked pepper so he's absorbing more nutrients than say without and then I'll put some microcell on it some fresh tomato and I'll just hit it one last time with a little citrus this will cover everything that he needs going into a workout you can train as hard as he can he'll have a post-workout smoothie immediately after he's done training then he'll come home and we'll address his needs for lunch and can we add onion oh no yes we can how about green onion I absolutely have food see how that works for most part most fighters don't they'll start taking France to the fight cam comes to an end you'll probably do two days until about two weeks out and then you'll start tapering out two weeks out you probably do one a day and then fight week you you want to do as little as possible two weeks out is nutrition doesn't change at all you know same principles give the body what it means when it needs it so he starts working out let's guess what we start feeding them less if we do our job perfectly James does his job perfectly he's just gonna wake up Friday morning walk to the scale weigh in and that's all she wrote we want my new drinking at least a gallon of water so I have a gallon we have a purified water system I fill this to the beginning of the day and by the time he goes to bed it's empty this is not including his post-workout beverage it's not including his juice it's not including his smoothie it's not including his pre run coffee this is outside of that as we get into the fight week we'll start to increase his water potentially up to two gallons or more a day but only for a short amount of time he'll continually try to get back to homeostasis which is like an even water amount so he'll flush fluids out of his system it'll also pull a little sodium out of his systems and that just makes it easier for him to stand on the scale and make weight if he were to drink a gallon of water over the course of a day that's about 8.

2 pounds in the body so when you think about increasing that water intake the weight yes may go up but then when we start to cut back on the water a day or potentially two days or day and a half before the weigh-ins he'll start to flush all that and you could potentially take off 10 12 pounds but it's also very specific to the athlete based on his muscle mass based on his lean tissue mass it's very scientific when we get to that part of the camp everything has to be spot-on perfect the rehydration is 10 times more important than actual cut itself three percent dehydration equates up to 30 percent deviation performance so if you're just a little dehydrated has a huge effect also you know I gotta find out okay how much glycogen does your body hold like again is basically the way our bodies store energy in terms of carbohydrates so I need to find out how much your body actually holds so I know how much to give you before no fight time it sucks to say like just this year alone just been three boxers that have been killed in the actual ring I'm not saying that dehydration had anything to do with that at all but if there's any chance that that has an effect and that's something we want to be on top of when the brain is dehydrated it is more susceptible to injury so you want to make sure that they're fully hydrated and make sure that they're not cutting a lot of weight like I said boxers they don't cut a lot of weight but what I've seen is because they don't cut they don't put a lot of energy into actual rehydration they don't care it's like as soon as they make weight they go and they eat whatever they want I've seen guys literally pound in soda and eating like fettuccine alfredo I'm sitting at like oh my god you're supposed to be a world-class athlete it's not over when you make weight you have to be very cautious on how you refuel first you have to rehydrate we have to get good amounts of water back into a system sodium potassium you know we give them all kinds of good stuff to make sure that that's the first thing we address then we get all the macronutrients into them we don't want to give him too much too quickly you know we all know that feeling when you eat too much you want to take a nap I mean that's not obviously a good scenario his last meal comes five hours before the fight all his stores will be full he'll have everything out of his digestive tract is not trying to break down food any more and we base that on what time he wakes up at fight day and then I do the calculations okay we're gonna give him X amount of meals with X amount of carbs and then we stopped five hours to the fight [Music] like I say we don't create champions this is gonna make you the best you you can be I think Badou he's still grown and him and James are like brothers like you become part of the family when you were gonna fight camp like when I worked with Conor I'm there with him the moment he wakes up to the moment he goes to bed like you become a huge part of their lives it's like lifelong bonds that we create and it doesn't end with the fight I know that everything I ate is 100% of the best it's a blessing I wish I had this opportunity earlier in my career what is boxing it's a jab cross uppercut hook those four punches but the combinations and the way you throw those four punches it takes people thirty years to try and master that one thing train those four punches has evolved so much over the years whereas the nutrition the way cutting I think has not it's still primitive it's all get up we're coming in we're gonna start introducing our program our system to everybody I think it's it's just like your ma is gonna catch on like wildfire because people go back you know what man this stuff works everybody's looking for that extra angst at that event and I'm where that advantage [Music].

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