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Mike Dolce says Ronda Rousey's 'fringe approach' to healthy eating will eventually catch up to her

Food fight!

Yesterday, I posted the daily eating regimen of Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, who only consumes one meal each day as part of her mixed martial arts (MMA) training and lifestyle. Not surprisingly, some of you weren't a fan of her one-and-done approach.

Neither is Mike Dolce.

The creator of "The Dolce Diet," who's worked with top Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters such as Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen, among others, tells Bloody Elbow that her "Rowdy" approach to eating will eventually catch up to her.

Those comments, after the jump.

"What Ronda is doing, like I said, works very well for her right now, but she became an Olympian, the highest level an athlete can achieve, doing something different, and as far as I know, very few Olympians in 2012 competed on that type of diet. Id say almost none. I'm certainly not bashing the diet, but it's just a very fringe approach to an overall healthy eating regimen... I think for a high level athlete like Ronda Rousey or any elite mixed martial arts practitioner that's training twice a day, in my opinion, it's impossible to sustain the level of performance in training necessary on just one meal a day. There's overwhelming scientific data and practical data that supports this. Athletes in the gym need to replenish glycogen delivery and restore insulin levels immediately prior to training. If you're training twice a day, but only eating once a day, you're at a deficit. An elite athlete like Ronda Rousey genetically and through her work effort might be able to outpace some of those issues, but eventually, it will catch up. It always does."

Rousey, who puts her 135-pound title on the line against Sarah Kaufman tomorrow night (Aug. 18, 2012) in San Diego, California, has yet to experience any difficulties inside the cage. No matter what she's eating or when, she continues to win.

And judging by these nude pics, look good in the process.

Alright health nuts, let's get some feedback. Is Dolce trying to promote his own diet at the expense of the Olympian? Or does he have a legitimate criticism of what many fans feel is an extreme approach to maintaining a healthy weight?

Sound off!

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