Jamie McDonnell on training camp nutrition

Set to face Vusi Malinga on 20 October, we talked to the Sheffield bantamweight earlier this year about his diet leading up to fight night

15 October 2012    |    0 Comments

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To read Jamie McDonnell's full weight watcher interview, click here to get yourself a copy of issue 29 of Fighting Fit. To buy this edition via our app, please click here.

What do you typically eat and drink during training?
I get up and have a protein shake plus vitamins - CNP Pro Vital. I'll then have maybe two Weetabix. I do my gym session, and have a recovery drink straight after then go home and have say two slices of toast with scrambled eggs but when it gets to a few weeks before the fight it goes down to one slice of bread, then just the egg and some red sauce [ketchup]. For a dinner I’ll have rice, chicken or pasta - basic stuff - and a handful from one of those veg bags in the freezer. I'll start with a full breast of chicken, but later in the camp I'll just have half. For snacking throughout the day I'll have half a CNP bar when I’m peckish. Once every two weeks I'll have a KFC or something or the dieting does you in, mentally. It depends how close to the weight I am though. Every Saturday morning before training we get on the scales. I'll have a treat after that because then I've got the full week to hit my next target weight.

Is there anything you eat to prepare for a fight that you don’t like?
Not really, I don't eat fish or anything like that but the meals are more boring than something I don't like - when you have just a bowl of pasta or rice and a little squirt of red sauce. If it's getting boring after a week or two, you do think. 'I've got six or four weeks left of this!' So I'll have a little treat, feel guilty and then knuckle down again. Sometimes you need it because it gives you a boost to do your diet better again.

What foods do you miss when cutting?
Everything, me! Crisps, chocolate, cans of Coke, and I love Chinese food. For the first week after my last fight, I had Chinese or Indian takeaway every night for a week. Cans of coke are my favourite, I could drink it all day during training. If I start craving it during camp, I'll get some Coke Zero or Diet Coke [both sugar-free] and have maybe a quarter of the can, just enough to take the craving away - at most half.

To read Jamie McDonnell's full weight watcher interview, click here to get yourself a copy of issue 29 of Fighting Fit. To buy this edition via our app, please click here.



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