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Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance (The Racing Weight Series) [Kindle Edition]

Matt Fitzgerald
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Book Description

Racing Weight is a proven weight-management program designed specifically for endurance athletes.

Revealing new research and drawing from the best practices of elite athletes, coach and nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald lays out six easy steps to help cyclists, triathletes, and runners lose weight without harming their training.

This comprehensive and science-based program shows athletes the best ways to lose weight and avoid the common lifestyle and training hang-ups that keep new PRs out of reach.

The updated Racing Weight program helps athletes:

  • Improve diet quality
  • Manage appetite
  • Balance energy sources
  • Easily monitor weight and performance
  • Time nutrition throughout the day
  • Train to get—and stay—lean

Racing Weight offers practical tools to make weight management easy. Fitzgerald’s no-nonsense Diet Quality Score improves diet without counting calories. Racing Weight superfoods are diet foods high in the nutrients athletes need for training. Supplemental strength training workouts can accelerate changes in body composition. Daily food diaries from 18 pro athletes reveal how the elites maintain an athletic diet while managing appetite.

Athletes know that every extra pound wastes energy and hurts performance. With Racing Weight, cyclists, triathletes, and runners have a simple program and practical tools to hit their target numbers on both the race course and the scale.

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"I highly recommend reading "Racing Weight" even if you don't need to lose any excess poundage. You'll come away with a better understanding of your physiology and also of food." -- Joe Friel, founder of TrainingBible Coaching and author of "The Triathlete's Training Bible" and "The Cyclist's Training Bible" "Sports nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald lets us in on his no-diet secrets that can help endurance athletes get leaner, stronger, and faster." -- "Men's Fitness" "Even if you are already a lean machine, you'll likely still learn something from "Racing Weight." From how to determine your optimum weight, to improving your diet and training around it, to controlling your appetite and making your own fuel--it's all in this book." -- Bike Radar "The mysteries of weight and its relationship to performance are unlocked in Matt Fitzgerald's "Racing Weight." If you've got a basic handle on both training and nutrition, this book offers the means to improve both your diet and athletic performance." -- Daily Peloton "Fitzgerald is going to go down as one of the most competent and prolific authors of books for serious runners covering just about every legitimate aspect of the all-important runner's lifestyle." -- "It's not too hard to convince cyclists that they can improve their performance if they drop their weight to an optimum level. However, that's generally as useful as a physician telling a client they need to lose weight and then sending them out the office door. There are endless diet or nutrition books out there, but very few specifically catering to the endurance athlete. Into this void comes "Racing Weight" by Matt Fitzgerald." -- Pezcyclingnews ""Racing Weight" answers the difficult questions athletes often have about dieting, including how to handle the off-season. The book gives readers a scientifically backed system to discover your optimum race weight, as well as five steps to achieve it." -- "Triathlete" magazine "Reach

About the Author

Matt Fitzgerald is the author of numerous books on running, triathlon, nutrition, and weight loss. His most recent books are "Iron War," "Racing Weight Quick Start Guide," "RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel," "Racing Weight," "Brain Training for Runners," and "The Runner's Diary." Matt is a freelance sports journalist and has contributed to many national health/fitness and endurance sports magazines including "Outside, Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Runner's World, Bicycling, Running Times, Women's Running, Triathlete, "and "Competitor." Fitzgerald is a featured coach on Training Peaks and He is a certified sports nutritionist (CISSN) licensed by the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5926 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1934030996
  • Publisher: VeloPress; 2 edition (27 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C3MFR2O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,500 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Getting older and slower I was looking for ways to slow the decline of my run performance. Following the guidelines in this book I cut out simple sugars (cake, cookies, cereals loaded with sugars, etc.) and over a period of 6 months I lost 6kgs. The rest of my diet was already pretty much in line with the book's guidelines but going 'cold turkey' on the simple sugars was a revelation. My run performances are now back to what I was doing 10 years ago and my cycling has actually improved (I'm now 53 years of age). Lots of good advice here not only about food quality but also quantity and timing (i.e. WHEN to eat and how frequently to optimise your training, racing, recovery and body composition). I thoroughly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for athletes! 4 May 2013
By Jools
Format:Kindle Edition
A really fresh view on training which I found inspiring even though I'm not an athlete. I was really interested in the relationship between body fat and performance. At 38pc body fat I was almost off the scale but since reading this book I have already got down to 35pc and taken 3 minutes off my slow but static Parkrun time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Resonated more than other diet books 27 Jun. 2015
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Despite being an endurance runner, I struggle to control my weight - I have a poor relationship with food, often using it to binge on when I am feeling emotional or tired. This behaviour pre-dates my interest in running (about 5 years), and also explains why I was about 25-30kg heavier back in my non-running days.

Running has provided me with 'automatic' weight loss, a side-effect that I never really anticipated, but I am grateful for. But still I behave badly with food. I've read, and tried, several diet approaches - most recently, Paul McKenna's "I Can Make You Slim" - but nothing has impacted my thinking like Matt's Racing Weight book.

Simply, it talks in terms that I can relate to - how it feels when I train, when I race, when I'm recovering. Rather than focussing on weight, it focuses on performance, and in so doing it has led me to actively reconsider the composition of my meals. It hasn't resolved my tendency to "binge", but it has given me to the tools to get back to high-quality foods at the next opportunity - rather than thinking, "ok, I've blown my calorie/other target, so I might as well eat what I want".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I devoured this book :-) I really liked the fact it was based on real research, not someone's pet theory. I will be re-reading it, and kick starting my goal of hitting my racing weight, based on fat percentage. I would recommend this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars helpful for a 'heavy' triathlete 11 May 2014
By Zram
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Framework to get focused on body fat % vs total weight and diet quality vs calories. Workable with some effort.
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As an experienced endurance athlete of 40 years I have read a lot of stuff and developed my own ideas. However as times slow as I close on 60 I find myself coming back to this book again and again for info on diet and timing of nutrition. I have read and re read it and have now bought this latest edition . I have even biught Tanta 'fat' scales so I have a clearer idea of wat is going on. Now I've followed the advice, fat is at the 95 centile, training quality has improved and times are also creeping down.
Thoroughly recommend.
Very readable and I have found many of his strategys to work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 18 Jan. 2014
By emma
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Informative and easy reading! Highly recommend for amateurs and pros alike. Good scientific backup to each suggestion and covers nutrition as well as training!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars very obvious & nothing new 6 Oct. 2014
By G
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Learnt very little. Found it increasingly obvious. Slightly disappointed at the level and depth of writing and information given by MF. A very average read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars with useful tips!
Really interesting read, with useful tips!
Published 5 days ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for athletes looking to get leaner
Fantastic book on how to get leaner the smart way instead of trying to follow a diet for a non athlete.
Published 29 days ago by Ms. C. Power
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book full of seemingly obvious no nonsense guidance.
Published 1 month ago by jj collins
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much new in here
If you are already conscious about what you eat, then there isn't much in this book for you. Eat healthy, don't eat when you're not hungry and get enough carbs for your workouts... Read more
Published 1 month ago by stubnitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - encapsulates a lot of smart though about ...
Great book - encapsulates a lot of smart though about how to get motivated and stay motivated to loose the weight I need to in order to race faster. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephen Moffatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As described, promptly delivered no problems whatsoever
Published 3 months ago by Coopersboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Some brilliant Gems
Based on science an explaining all his findings with science its a book for athletes and nit those wanting to lose weight for vanity. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Legohead
5.0 out of 5 stars I really love this
My "bible", I really love this book
Published 4 months ago by Louise Andersen
2.0 out of 5 stars No easy to understand
A very long winded complicated hard read with no real information or help unless you are part of the elite and have access to high tech expensive equipment.
Published 4 months ago by Deborah White
2.0 out of 5 stars ... so much waffle and repetitive statements it be becomes tedious to
One or two bits of interesting info but there is so much waffle and repetitive statements it be becomes tedious to read
Published 5 months ago by kenand
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