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Avoid Putting The Pounds On This Christmas!

December 10th, 2014 | by Events Staff
Avoid Putting The Pounds On This Christmas!

There is a common misconception that weight gained during the off-season will come off naturally when exercise volume goes up in the spring. Indeed, the widely held and little critiqued belief that triathlon training naturally leads to weight loss is so pervasive that many people believe it even when their own experience proves otherwise. Recent attention has been given to the topic of exercise and weight loss in the popular press over the past year, and the new line of thought reflects the experience of many triathletes: exercise has many benefits, but weight loss isn’t one of them.

What does this mean for dealing with off-season weight gain? Primarily it means you shouldn’t rely on an increase in training volume to lose weight. Second, it means that the best time for you to lose weight may be during the off-season when exercise volume is lower, not the beginning of the training season when volume goes up. When training volume goes up, your body automatically adapts and your hunger goes up, too. If you are trying to create a calorie deficit to lose weight, it can help to keep exercise to a moderate level so hunger stays in check.

Additionally, your diet should be periodized just like your swim, bike and run training. Your nutrition needs vary a great deal based on where in the season you are, and failure to adjust calories and macronutrient ratios is a primary cause of that dreaded 10–20 pound off-season gain.


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