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Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance (The Racing Weight Series) Paperback – December 1, 2012
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"I highly recommend reading Racing Weight even if you don't need to lose any excess poundage. You'll come away with a better understanding of your physiology and also of food." ― Joe Friel, founder of TrainingBible Coaching and author of The Triathlete's Training Bible and The Cyclist's Training Bible
"Racing Weight is the first book written exclusively about an issue that is very important to runners―eating and training properly to get to the start line of the peak race with the right body composition for running fast." ― Letsrun.com
"Reaching an ideal weight for endurance sports is important, but doing it the right way is even more important. Matt Fitzgerald provides scientific and sound advice for anyone trying to achieve their racing weight." ― Scott Jurek, 7-time winner of the Western States Endurance Run and 2-time winner of the Badwater Ultramarathon
"Fitzgerald is a fountain of information on current research studies and findings from the sciences of healthy nutrition and exercise performance." ― Ultrarunning magazine
"Sports nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald lets us in on his no-diet secrets that can help endurance athletes get leaner, stronger, and faster." ― Men’s Fitness
"Fitzgerald is going to go down as one of the most competent and prolific authors of books for serious runners covering just about every legitimate aspect of the all-important runner’s lifestyle." ― Letsrun.com
"Racing Weight answers the difficult questions athletes often have about dieting, including how to handle the off-season. The book gives readers a scientifically backed system to discover your optimum race weight, as well as five steps to achieve it." ― Triathlete magazine
"A crash course on how endurance athletes should think about food." ― LAVA magazine
"Even if you are already a lean machine, you'll likely still learn something from Racing Weight. From how to determine your optimum weight, to improving your diet and training around it, to controlling your appetite and making your own fuel―it's all in this book." ― BikeRadar
From the Back Cover
A 6-Step Plan to a Leaner Body and Better Performance
Improve Your Diet Quality
Manage Your Appetite
Balance Your Energy Stores
Monitor Your Weight and Performance
Time Your Nutrition
Athletes know that every extra pound wastes energy and hurts performance. Racing Weight offers a proven weight management program exclusively designed for and endorsed by endurance athletes.
Revealing new research and drawing from the best practices of elite athletes, coach and nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald lays out six easy steps to get you lean for racing. You will find out how to avoid the common lifestyle and training hang-ups that keep your optimal weight―and your best race―just out of reach.
The Racing Weight program gets you to your fastest weight with practical tools that deliver results:
- Diet Quality Score, a simple approach to better eating
- Racing Weight superfoods to boost your diet quality
- Daily food diaries from 18 pro athletes
- Strength training for a leaner body in just 1 hour a week
Hit your target numbers on the stopwatch and on the scale with Racing Weight.
Top customer reviews
My motivation for buying this book was that I wanted to be able to keep fueled for my training without performance loss while losing body fat. Whenever I've successfully lost weight in the past, I have felt really sluggish and had a tough time getting through my workouts. So I was hoping this book would provide the solution to that.
As instructed in the book, I put a lot of work into counting calories (calories in), calculating my caloric needs (calories out) and determining my ideal weight, but these pieces of information are useless unless you know how to create a caloric deficit. This is where I really wanted guidance. How fast should I shoot to lose the weight? How many fewer calories can I consume without sacrificing performance? I know the standard line is that 2 lbs. per week is safe, but is that ideal? The book doesn't address any of these questions. I feel that it left me hanging right at the point when I almost had my answer.
Oddly, I haven't actually lost much weight, but put on a lot of muscle instead.
I do endurance rides on the weekend and am satisfied with the results. Incidentally, I stopped using Gatorade and commercial sports drinks and energy bars, preferring to start out with 4 bottles of coconut water/ fruit jusice and lots of bananas and other healthy things - which will hold out for 200-300 kilometers. As a result bonking is replaced by a gradual decline in power.
Racing Weight addresses the fact that most amateur racers have a few extra pounds and these few extra pounds prevent them from maximizing their results in competition. This book outlines a system for figuring out how much energy is coming in via food and how much is going out via activity and how you can translate that into fat loss. It's simple and the author backs his system up well with lots of peer-reviewed research on diet and exercise physiology. It's a diet and lifestyle book, not a training book.
The most important thing I did after reading was start a food journal. It's amazing how easy it is to pass on that late-night snack if you know you have to write it down. It's also really easy to use the web to figure out how many calories you are taking in throughout the day.
It's tempting to share data on what 3 weeks following the Racing Weight system has done for me but that's not the point of my review. The point is if you are serious about improving your cycling, running, or triathalon performance and you don't currently have sub-10% body fat, this book will help you get there. Even if you simply want to improve your overall health this book is filled with tons of information on smart diet choices and the recipes rock. My wife is a professional chef and she loved all the recipes.
So before you drop $5,000 on a superlight bike, buy this book and take a few pounds off the "engine."