I recently wrote up a post in the “Looking Good Nekkid” section about trying to lose a lot of weight for wrestling season. Because the amount of weight was so severe (about 12-13lbs in a matter of weeks), I would obviously be resorting to a lot of water/glycogen loss, as opposed to actual fat. I have fat to lose, I got 6 point caliper tested at 9.6%, but I imagine I’m significantly higher (probably around 12, and I hold it all in my chest/ab area, so I look even chubbier).
A lot of people I know think what I’m doing is unhealthy, and that teenagers shouldn’t put themselves through workouts in rubber suits and nights sitting in saunas to “make weight”, yet the practice continues. “You’ll wrestle like crap if you dehydrate yourself” people tell me, yet whenever I drop to a lower weight class, I win a lot more often! And my teammates all cut weight, too. My coach cut weight, his coach cut weight, and his coach before him cut weight… and all were successful wrestlers.
I know it’s not the best thing to do, but it’s my only option if I want to be varsity. I’m willing to lose a pound or two of muscle, some actual fat, and a lot of water to get down to 145. I have 9 months a year to build muscle the smart way, so if for 3 months I have to sacrifice a month or 2 of hard work in the offseason (losing a bit of muscle), so be it! I’m willing to make that sacrifice.
I don’t know where I’m going with this, but if anyone wants to respond, please do so here, and ont in my other post where I am looking for help in losing the weight. If you have serious issues, I’m willing to listen to them, but constructive criticism and advice are far different than mere flaming/bashing.