I'm a small-town Minnesota dietitian and triathlete.
I help endurance athletes reach their performance and body composition goals through a flexible eating style.
You’d think that with the amount of time and sweat equity you’re putting into your workouts and training that you’d maintain or lose weight easily, but you’re finding the opposite is actually happening. As the number on the scale climbs higher and higher, so does your frustration. It actually can be pretty commonly among athletes training heavily to see weight gain.
So let’s start with a few reasons why this may be happening:
What you can do to help prevent the weight gain:
6:00 a.m. – Wake up and pre-workout snack
7:30 a.m. – Post-workout breakfast (meal)
9 a.m. – Snack
11:30 a.m. – Lunch (meal)
1:30 p.m. – Snack
4 p.m. – Snack
6:00 p.m. – Dinner (meal)
8:30 p.m. – Snack
9:00 p.m. – Bedtime (goal of 9 hours of sleep)
Plan ahead so you know what you’re going to eat throughout the day. I know this is easier said than done. However, having an arsenal of food pre-planned will ensure that you’re not only keeping your body satisfied, but you’ll be more likely to be providing it the right nutrition it needs.
Take home message: You’re not alone. This happens to a lot of athletes. Instead of getting frustrated, put together a plan in place to take care of your body and enjoy the journey and the work you’re putting into your training.
Want help? I’m here as a resource. I’ve got services that are designed to help you specifically with these types of concerns, to make your life easier and to see results faster. Reach out at email@example.com.