Nutrition

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.
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Naturally Increasing your HGH

A wonderful article was posted on Trifuel recently by Alun Woodward. The article highlights the importance of HGH for burning fat and improving recovery. In this article, he focuses specifically on the importance of HGH while you sleep. To increase HGH while we sleep, the key is to reduce the insulin prior to going to sleep. Read below to see how Alun recommends doing that as well as a link to the entire article. Well worth the read.

Quite simply, we want to cut carbohydrates from our evening meals. In order to do this we need to ensure that we are adequately fueled going into our evening training session. We need to consume carbs during this session if it is a long one and following the session we should have a SMALL carbohydrate-rich snack and then that’s it for carbs for the rest of the evening.

The evening meal should consist of protein and fat combined with a side of salad or vegetables. It is important to ensure that you get enough calories in this meal. Remember vegetables are not high-calorie foods, so the fat and protein content needs to be HIGH!

Trifuel Article by Alun Woodward

How Many Calories Do I Need?

Depending on your current body type and your level of activity, the recommended 2000 calories per day by USDA may be too few or too many.

I have now lost over 40 pounds since the holidays. I know this is an extreme fat loss and I’ve been doing it by eating healthy, exercising six days a week and keeping my calories to around 1500 per day. Now that I am getting close to my goal weight I began to wonder what my calorie intake should be to increase my energy levels, fuel the strenuous workouts I continue to do and maintain my weight (or at least slow down the weight loss).
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Knowing What Calories Look Like

I’ve always been interested in seeing what a portion size is based on calories. After a quick google search, I came up with a great blog post that is certainly worth sharing.

Wise Geek posted this great article entitled: What Does 200 Calories Look Like?
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Counting Counts

As I have begun this weight loss and training in 2009, I have begun the long journey of understanding what I put into my body and the impact this has on my performance and weight loss.

A few quick highlights to share with those that are also struggling with nutrition.

#1) First and foremost, you need to Count Your Calories. Period. This is not an easy task and many people have different techniques for how to do this but everything boils down to the calories you intake and the calories you burn.
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