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Get Shredded With This Lightweight Fighting Meal Plan

Who says bigger is better? UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier has a routine that packs a punch.

UFC fighter Dustin Poirier's Lightweight Diet

Former UFC featherweight fighter, Dustin Poirier, will take his talents to the lightweight division after a four-plus year absence. Poirier will face-off with jiu-jitsu ace, Carlos Diego Ferreira, on April 4 at UFC Fight Night 63. 

The 26-year-old Louisiana native has compiled an 8-3 Octagon record at 145 pounds, but it’s the steep weight cut that had Poirier thinking about his long-term health

Poirier has worked with well-known nutritionist, George Lockhart, for all of his weight-cuts at featherweight. The 32-year-old Lockhart is a former marine and mixed martial arts fighter, who’s worked with some of the best in the business like Jon Jones and new lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos. 

As of the time this article was released, “The Diamond” was checking in at roughly 170 pounds each morning. Below is a detailed description of what a day of dieting entails for Poirier. 

Meal Plan

Breakfast/Snack

  • 2.5 fl. oz ​low-fat, plain kefir 
  • 0.5 oz (medium) banana 
  • 1/2 tbsp peanut butter 
  • 1.5 oz oatmeal 
Totals: 119 calories, 18g protein, 63g carbs

Lunch

  • 21.4 oz water
  • 2.5 oz ground turkey breast - no skin
  • 4.5 eggs - egg whites 
  • 2.5 cups spinach 
  • 9.5 oz pineapple (9.5 oz) 
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil 
Totals: 475, 42g protein, 27g carbs

Snack 2

  • 21 oz water
  • 2.5 oz low-fat, plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup grapes 
  • 3 Brazil nuts 
Totals: 119 calories, 9g protein, 13g carbs

Dinner

  • 21 oz water
  • ​5.5 oz tilapia 
  • 1/2 medium lemon 
  • 2.5 cups collard greens 
  • 2 medium tomatoes 
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil 
Totals: 475 calories, 38g protein, 17g carbs

Snack 3

  • 21 oz water
  • 2.5 oz low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup blueberries 
  • 2.5 oz strawberries 
  • 3 Brazil nuts 
Totals: 119 calories, 10g protein, 31g carbs

Snack 4

  • 21 oz water
  • 2 fl. oz low-fat, plain kefir 
  • 1 cup blueberries 
  • 3 oz raspberries 
  • 1/2 tbsp flaxseed
Totals: 119 calories, 12g protein, 34g carbs

 

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