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URCC Global champ Mark Striegl on cheat meals: Don’t go beyond that

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Reigning URCC Global Featherweight World Champion Mark “Mugen” Striegl, 30, of the Philippines is one of the mixed martial artists with the best physique, which he developed without the help of steroid. A nutrition expert himself, he recently shared some advice on what to avoid when trying to lose weight.

“People get stuck on fads,” Striegl said in an exclusive interview at the Cove Manila at the Okada Manila in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 1, 2019. At the same venue on April 27, 2019, he will defend his URCC Global Featherweight World Championship title in the co-main event of “URCC Global: Raw Fury.”

“They try like some new diet fads, like some new thing and they get stuck on it and they think that it’s the cure, the miracle drug, the miracle diet,” Striegl continued.

“The miracle steroid,” I jokingly added. The reigning URCC Global Featherweight World Champion laughed. He was previously accused of taking steroids by his most recent opponent, former URCC Global Featherweight World Champion Do Gyeom “The Undead” Lee, 27, of South Korea.

“There is no quick fix for weight loss,” Striegl told me. “It’s just good old-fashioned hard work and consistency with the clean diets. Consistency is the key, you know, and when people wanna have a cheat meal because they’ve earned it and they lost like 5 lbs, you know, lost a few pounds, the cheat meal sometimes ends up as a cheat day, and then a cheat weekend, you know.”

It reminded me of January 25, 2018 when I was with Striegl at the mall in our home city, Baguio City. At the time, I did not understand why he was infuriated after catching a friend, a client he was trying to lose weight, having his cheat meal, which was the Filipino beef marrow stew called bulalo. For me at the time, it was not a big deal.

“It’s having that discipline,” Striegl said. “Just stick with your diet whatever type of diet it may be. Just stick with that diet day by day and when you have a cheat meal and you wanna break from it and you’ve earned it, just leave it at that cheat meal. Don’t go beyond that, you know. Set limits and stick to those limits.”

Weight cutting is something MMA fighters have to live with and sometimes, athletes even do it the unconventional way. For those who want to excel in sports, it is necessary to be very good with diets, Striegl noted.

“There’s no substitute for hard work and I take very  good care of my body,” the reigning URCC Global Featherweight World Champion shared. “Clean diets.  I’m in alkaline diet right now.”

Striegl’s challenger at “URCC Global: Raw Fury” is MMA veteran Shunichi “Rolling Star” Shimizu, 34, of Japan. Watch my full interview with the reigning URCC Global Featherweight World Champion here:

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