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This is Why Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is Good for Weight Loss

Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) can help you lose weight. It is a physically very exhausting sport, meaning you will use more energy compared to doing nothing or even compared to some other sports, since BJJ uses your whole body.

It is important to keep in mind that exercising, in this case BJJ is just one of the parts of the puzzle of losing weight. Eventually it all comes down to how many calories you use in a day and how much you eat.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a great and fun way to increase your calorie usage on a daily basis. BJJ can definitely help you lose weight if you eat right at the same time.

What makes Brazilian jiu-jitsu good for weight loss?

I have a few different reasons why I think BJJ is great for weight loss. Internet is full of success stories of how they lost X amount of weight and quit smoking after starting BJJ. Now, let’s get to the reasons.

1. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a physically very intensive sport

Like I mentioned before, BJJ uses your whole body. This way during the lesson you will use a lot of energy, of course, depending on your lesson and performance. But still, taking it a bit easier on the lesson will consume more energy than watching TV would.

More about Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a workout in this post.

2. Brazilian jiu-jitsu can change your mentality

BJJ has, in my opinion, a lot of mental benefits as well. I mentioned above that some people have even quit smoking after starting BJJ, after trying for several years, because they wanted to do more cardio to improve their BJJ performance.

Taking BJJ seriously and continuously wanting to develop yourself further is a byproduct of this great sport. Falling in love with BJJ, you are more likely to do things that improve your physical health, and stay on a healthy diet, because you know that it will improve your BJJ performance.

3. Brazilian jiu-jitsu can be very addictive (in a good way)

Once you get the hang of BJJ, you might get “hooked”. It is a lot of fun, and because of that, you are more likely to continue. We have all seen the stories, where someone tries to change their habits and starts to go to the gym. They go for a week, maybe two, but then they quit.

In BJJ, if you fall in love with the sport, you are more likely to continue for more than a week or two. Seeing yourself improving with your techniques as well as your overall physical condition, with all the fun you have training, I think it is harder to quit than going to the gym if you hate it.


Is Brazilian jiu-jitsu the best martial art for weight loss?

So, is BJJ the best sport for weight loss? I have to say, it depends on the person. The best sport for weight loss for you, is something you like to do. Something you are not likely to quit after a week or month.

When you like the sport you are doing, you are more likely to continue for months and years. Sticking to a healthier lifestyle overall, is they key to staying in shape. Losing 50 pounds in two months is great, but if you quit your healthy habits after that, it might come back even faster.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu, in my opinion, is great if you like it. Seeing yourself progress and achieve new belt colors over the years can be a nice motivator to move forward.

Should you start Brazilian jiu-jitsu for weight loss?

You could start BJJ for weight loss. There are no physical requirements for starting BJJ. However, I would recommend watching some videos about BJJ beforehand, so you will have some idea of what kind of sport it is.

If you are shy and don’t yet have the confidence to go to a BJJ class, you can start improving yourself at home to prepare for BJJ classes. I have a post on how to train BJJ at home, you can read it here.

Final thoughts

Starting Brazilian jiu-jitsu or any other sport is not a guarantee of losing weight. The purpose of sports is to increase your energy consumption, but in the end, it all comes down to how you eat. BJJ can definitely help, but it alone won’t get you in shape.

Another thing to keep in mind is that after you start BJJ, you might not see such a big drop in your weight. Weight is somewhat of a bad indicator of physical condition, since your fat might be turning into muscle. One way is to go to a body composition measurement when you start, and again after maybe six months or so, to see the changes.

Other BJJ-related posts can be found here.

Hopefully this was helpful to you, have a nice day.


What is Brazilian jiu-jitsu?

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art that focuses on ground fighting. This means it focuses on taking the fight to the ground and finishing the fight with joint locks or chokeholds. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was developed around 1920’s, and was modified from judo. Nowadays, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is an essential martial art for MMA.

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