What To Eat The Day Before Weigh-Ins

In the past few posts I’ve made a lot of suggestions on adjustments you can make in an effort to make weight easier.

However, I haven’t shared many “concrete” meals. So I decided to bug my wife, Laura, for a couple of the recipes she’d make me if I were cutting weight.

So below are her top 2 choices if you are less than 2 days away from your next weigh-in.

Weight Cutting “Chili con Carne”

…On a completely different topic, the name of this made me think of the Scott Tennorman South Park episode (I’m a huge South Park fan), thus the picture above.


1lb Ground Beef (85% lean, or leaner)

1 Can (No Salt added Diced Tomatoes

1 Tsp Black Pepper

1 Tsp Smoked Paprika

1 Tsp Cumin

Cayenne Pepper to taste


1) Cook beef in non-stick pan over Medium heat, stirring frequently, until meat has changed from pink to brown. Drain any fat from pan.

2) Add all other ingredients to pan, mix together, and cook over low heat for 3-5 minutes, still stirring frequently.

Laura thinking she can tap me out in the middle of the gym. …silly woman.

Pulled Pork


3/4 cup apple cider vinegar

4 Tbsp Worchestershire Sauce

1/2 cup whole-grain mustard (brown or yellow mustard work well too)

6-8oz tomato paste (I can’t remember what size the can is, but I just use a can)

1 canned chipotle pepper in Adobo sauce

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons paprika (I like smoked paprika)

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

4 pounds pork (butt, or whatever you have) trimmed of MOST visible fat

2 medium yellow onions, diced (or you can use a cheese grater and grate them so they’re even more fine)

***When not cutting weight, you can add 4 Tbsp Molasses or Honey or Brown Sugar for a flavor closer to BBQ sauce


1) In a crock pot, mix all of the wet ingredients together until they have an even consistency, then add all spices and mix thoroughly.

2) Add onions and pork (I like to cut the pork into strips so it has more surface area to absorb flavor) and mix together to cover pork with sauce.

3) Cook on low for 6-7 hours. Remove pork from crock pot and use 2 forks to shred it. Put the shredded pork back into the crock pot, and stir until all pork is coated in sauce.


So there you go, 2 recipes that will provide you with some fuel without promoting water retention before your next weigh-in.

If you want more sample recipes or tips on how to improve meals you like to eat, leave me a comment below and I’ll be sure to pass them on to Laura.

Finally, since you’re reading this post, you’re probably in the market for some info on how to make weight for wrestling. If that is in fact the case, check out some of these posts:

Wrestling Nutrition– This is a very detailed post that I first direct people to when they ask me nutrition related questions. It’s a great starting place as it focuses on building a solid nutritional foundation from which to work from. For instance, if you’re wondering what protein powder you should be drinking after a workout and you eat fast food once a day, you should be reading this post to better address strategies on how to work on your foundation, before worrying about little things like post-workout supplementation.

Cutting 101– This post builds off of the Wrestling Nutrition post above by detailing three strategies on how to better design your nutrition plan around your workouts to maximize your energy throughout the day and recovery after your training sessions.

Cutting 102– Finally, this post goes into things to eat/drink and what to avoid the last couple of days before you weigh in. It also covers one of my favorite new ways to make weight, and the best part, it won’t get you in trouble like running in a rubber suit.

Other Helpful Posts:

How To Ace Your Certification

Certification Plan

Refueling Post Weigh-Ins

Best Way To Rehydrate Post Weigh-Ins

How To Maintain Muscle When Making Weight

6 Responses to What To Eat The Day Before Weigh-Ins

  1. Lynn P. December 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    I have 2 sons who are wrestlers plus am active in their Club wrestling. I share your articles with their coach and he is very interested in more information on specific meal plans, weekly menus, etc. I like your apporach to nutrition and keeping it safe and realistic. Thanks for the information.

    • Dickie December 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

      Thanks for the feedback. I’ll definitely pass this along to Laura. Is there anything specific you’d like me to address in future posts?

  2. Shawn Whitecotton December 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Great recipes would live to see more of yours. I have a son wrestling and is allergic to a lot of foods so this was a big help.

    • Dickie December 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

      What foods is he allergic too?

  3. Lynn P. December 13, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    Info for young wrestlers. Mine are 9 & 14. Staying strong but not over training at a young age. It’s all good stuff though. Thank you!

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