Why do I gain while he/she loses?

One of the common conundrums of Triathletes is maintaining weight. Two important areas to consider as part of that is what kinds of food should you be eating (which varies by individual) and when should you be eating (is it good to shed a few pounds before a big race?)

I came across two great articles that are well worth the time. This first article discusses the reasons behind why some people gain weight on a particular diet while others shed them like there’s no tomorrow. The article makes a great case for how you can match up to a diet that will help you specifically lose weight.

FAST Oxidizers. Oxidization rate refers to the rate at which cells convert food into energy. Some people are fast oxidizers, because they rapidly convert food into energy. In order to balance their systems, fast oxidizers need to eat heavier proteins and fats to that burn slowly, and restrict carbohydrate intake.

SLOW Oxidizers. Slow oxidizers convert food into energy at a slow rate. In order to balance their systems, it’s recommended that they eat mainly carbohydrates rather than protein and fat.

Check out the Full Article at Trifuel Here

Another great Trifuel article discussed when and what to eat during your training build up. While it is important to maintain a healthy weight, us triathletes have to be aware of how our training effects what we are eating.

Once we start thinking about food as fuel, it becomes clearer. When you are in your highest volume of training, your body needs extra fuel to give your body the energy it needs to get through your workouts. When in the offseason or a lower volume cycle, the goal should be eating clean foods and managing or losing any extra weight.

Check the full article out here.

Happy Training!
– Trihead


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