- Series: The Racing Weight Series
- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: VeloPress; 2 edition (December 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934030996
- ISBN-13: 978-1934030998
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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A statement early on in the book immediately grabbed my attention, and that is that the book is not a diet book for the sole purpose of losing weight. It's a book about how to adjust your eating habits to get to your ideal racing weight for the purpose of maximizing your performance. A very important distinction to me.
There were two main ideas I found very useful about the book. The first was in how the author presents a method for generally assessing the quality of your diet. The second was that he provides guidelines on how much of what category of food to eat based on the unique needs of endurance athletes. The best part is that he doesn't get too specific (Day 1, Meal 1: eat this, etc.), but allows you to choose whatever you want as long as you're adhering to the guidelines.
After reading the book, I went through my kitchen and catalogued the nutritional values of everything I had been eating. I compared the results with what I should be eating, and then was able to make some adjustments to get things in the proper balance. It was a process that took the better part of a weekend day, but very informative and productive in the end.
I'm less than a month into the changes, but I have dropped a few pounds, am completing my workouts at a higher level, and recovering well between workouts.
If you recognize the importance of proper nutrition for race performance and are willing to make a change in your eating habits, I highly recommend this book.
About me: I am a serious runner in my mid 30's who averages about 100 miles per week. I mostly stick to 5k's and 10k's, but did my first marathon last year and came in at 2:59. I was a state runner at high school, but never quite fast enough to make the college grade. My 800m repeats are fast as are my miles, but I knew that in order to make serious PR gains I needed to drop weight in a healthy way. This book has been by blueprint for getting there. The book has proved to be so comprehensive, well-researched and insightful. It's principles are beautifully and artfully laid out. For the past 4 months I've been following closely the dietary quality score approach and managing my hunger and I've gone from 165 lbs to 155 (I hit my goal weight a few days ago!) The last 5 lbs were stubbornly difficult to shed, but I got there. This spring I'm going to see how my new racing weight will allow me perform at my 2nd marathon. Stay tuned!
The Dietary Quality Score is such a holistic, refreshing approach to eating. I found it so outstanding that I created a family DQS chart for our little boy with magnets on the refrigerator. We challenge him to get as high of a score as possible every day. Thanks Mr Fitzgerald for your comprehensive work!
After 4 weeks on the program I have dropped 10 pounds and feel MUCH stronger on the bike. I've also lost most of my desire for sweets and other junk food - the eating plan the author lays out is very satisfying and easy to follow (besides being super-healthy). It turned out I was seriously undercutting my calorie and carb needs as a lot of women do - I was training 10 hours a week on the bike and eating 1300 calories/day (with few carbs) and not losing weight. And I was getting seriously tired and frustrated. I decided to follow the Racing Weight plan (and the high-volume cyclist training plan in the Quick Start guide) since nothing else seemed to be working. I cleaned up my eating, added in another ~600 cal a day (mostly high quality carbs), and trained a little differently (added HIIT but kept hours on the bike the same). Wow, what a difference and after only 4 weeks!
I'm going to follow the plan through week 6 (at least) and possibly week 8 to see where that takes my weight. As the author states in the book, my best racing weight may actually be a bit lower than what I had thought.
My only wish - that the author would create additional training plans for cyclists as he has for runners. His Quick Start plan has worked so well that I'd like to continue using one of his plans after my 8 week weight loss cycle!
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