Originally Posted by Chicago Performance
Thanks for the responses. Still working on my diet, but I've at least felt guilty when I eat shitty, so that's a start. I've also worked on not eating so much chocolate and ice cream and stuff, which helps with energy and weight too. My smoothies were already dialed in, they are delicious and healthy, but I get bored with them every day, so I alternate between those and 2 eggs and toast. I still need to work on a QUICK and EASILY PREPARED dinner, otherwise I'll eat a whole bag of potato chips or something equally as useless. I am finding out I just don't have the time to normally prepare healthy food after work, so it's been tough.
Despite all that, this morning I weighed 169, but I might be dehydrated from my long ride yesterday and 6 mile run this morning. I'll check again tomorrow and see where I'm at. Still down from the almost 180 earlier this year. I just can't get past the fact that 1 pound equals roughly 3 watts, and that is a huge difference from me versus a 140 pounder on the bicycle. Keeps me motivated though.
When I get down to what people consider "normal" weight levels, traditional calories in/calories out doesn't work for me. The only thing that works is cutting out all breads/cereals/sugar/alcahol out of my diet with the exception of natural sugars from fresh fruits. In addition to that, I try to do at least one workout per week, 1-2 hours in the morning before eating anything. Workouts are fueled only by water up to 3 hours. Over three hours I use either potatoes/small amounts of dark chocolate/peanut butter and natural chocolate almond butter.
The downfall to this is that you can forget about making any gains in FTP. Workouts can be quite unpleasant and energy levels suck. Especially in the first few weeks as your body adapts to burning mostly carbs/sugars for fuel to mostly fat. You may experience some headaches as well.
I'm on a 16 week cycle of doing this. During the first 8 I focus on base miles and forget about intensity. Most rides are done at 80% FTP (tempo). For short bike workouts I'll do 40-60 minutes at 80% after a 20 minute warmup. For longer workouts I do 3x40's at 80% with 10' rest intervals. After 8 weeks I'll start introducing healthy/natural carbs and some intensity to get back to building FTP, but still focus on whole/natural foods.
This is the only thing that seems to work for me when I need to get abnormally skinny!
Breakfast: 2 eggs/fruit/handfull of almonds
Lunch: Chicken breast/vege's with or without peanut butter/ 1 egg
snack: fruit/handfull of almonds or scoop of peanut butter/ 1 egg
dinner: Salmon filet/vege's
desert: small pieces of dark chocolate