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Weight Loss for Athletes

Many people come to me looking for coaching to do two seemingly opposing things:

1) to perform better and 2) to lose weight.

So the question becomes, can you perform well while actively trying to lose weight?

The answer is: it depends.

With the right expectations and strategy in place, I do believe it is possible to perform well while actively trying to lose weight. It is a tricky balance for sure, but if you're patient and willing to view your goals through the lens of the "long game," you should be able to balance the two goals simultaneously.

Here's what you need to know about being a runner, training for races and actively trying to lose weight:

  1. Recognize that weight loss and fat loss are not the same thing. When you are a runner or athlete who has performance goals in mind, focusing on fat loss will serve you much better than just losing weight at all costs.

  2. Slashing calories will not be the answer--you will need to dive much deeper than this!

  3. Fat loss and building/maintaining muscle (i.e. body recomposition) is a slow process. Merely slashing calories could set you up for failure as a runner.

  4. Optimizing protein intake and dedication to a strength training routine will be vital for maintaining muscle mass while losing fat.

  5. Fueling your training will become one of the most important skills that you must master.

  6. You will need to understand how much energy you expend on a daily basis and how much energy you are taking in from food.

  7. Fat loss/weight loss might be a slow process if you are also focusing on performance goals.

  8. Sleep will be one of the most important tools for reaching your goals.

This process looks different for everyone. But with the right plan, I have seen first-hand many athletes who are able to perform their best while undergoing body recomposition.

Need help with your weight loss goals? Book a chat today and let's get started!

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