The things I eat are changing around the following principles:
1. The less weight I have to carry, the greater my power to weight ratio will be on those hills.
I’m trying to lose a few pounds and make sure my weight is functional, not just luggage. This is a fine balance to strike, and I have some strategies on how to keep developing, without eating excessively.
2. Post-workout calories are not a bad thing.
In fact, to make serious fitness gains after working out intensively, they are essential. I am assured that in order to build myself back up after each workout, my metabolism cannot run short of the nutrients it needs for repair or else I’ll put a cap on my progress. I’m eating/drinking something to help me recover within an hour of the conclusion of my workout.
3. Pre-workout nutrition.
I know I said I wanted to lose a few pounds, but exercising without the right available store of energy as fuel before the workout is not going to allow me to make fitness gains either. A small snack about 1.5 hours before working out should allow me to push myself to the point where development will occur, while still losing weight gradually.
4. I don’t have to rely on just whey protein.
Aside from trying imaginative new ways to make the amino acids in my shakes a little harder to taste, I’m trying to focus on eating real food. Specifically more high quality sources like lean meat, cottage cheese, low fat Greek yoghurt, porridge, fish and eggs.
5. Portion control.
I’m not weighing everything, but I’m using certain rules of thumb about portion control. As a guide half the plate should be vegetables, 1/4 meat/protein and 1/4 carbs on a reasonably sized plate.