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Nutrition Strategies for Making Weight

Recommendations for how athletes can safely make weight.


An Evidence-Based resource from the Sports Dietetics - USA subunit of SCAN.

Athlete Scenario: I am a 153-lb. college sophomore trying out for the wrestling team. I gained weight over the summer, but my coach would like me to wrestle in the 145-lb. weight class. How can I safely cut weight for competition weigh-ins?

Length: 1 page, single-sided

Intended Audience: Patients/Clients, Public

Key Words: Athletes, Making Weight, Wrestling, Collegiate Athlete, Recovery, Weight Management


Written by SCAN registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) to provide nutrition guidance. The key to optimal meal planning is individualization. Contact a SCAN RDN or a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) for personalized nutrition plans. Access “Find a SCAN RDN” at or by phone at 800.249.2875.

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