“I'm a triathlete, I can eat anything I want.” It's the most common myth I hear. Many of us overestimate the calories burned in training, and underestimate the number in common foods. We think that running in the morning allows us to eat all day. In reality, just one Snickers bar replaces the calories burned in a 5 mile run.
In contrast, talk to the leanest, fittest, and fastest athletes. Almost all pay great attention to what they eat. They monitor portion size, grams of protein, and types of fat. They know if they're getting enough calcium, iron and fiber. They time their meals to complement their training. They likely have some indulgences, but they're careful about how much and when. They maintain a steady weight throughout the year. And they certainly do not eat anything they want.Eat Smarter, Race Faster
Carrying excess fat slows you down. A rule of thumb is that every extra pound slows you down by 3 seconds per mile while running. Lose 20 pounds, and you might run 1 minute per mile faster. You'll see similar gains on the bike, especially climbing hills. Plus, you can tuck into a more aero position, which gives you free speed even on the flats.
In addition, being properly fueled means having the energy for the long and intense workouts you see your friends doing. Eat right and you can avoid exhaustion for the entire day after a long run.
And imagine the pride you'll feel when you wear your tight tri top, or the confidence that comes with running on the beach shirtless or in a jog bra. Picture walking into a clothing store and buying the outfits that look amazing on you because you're lean, toned and confident.Take Control of Your Eating
Everything we do at Triathlon Lifestyle Coaching involves individual attention, customized strategies to suit your needs, and fantastic feedback and support to help you. We'll use the same methods that have helped our team of triathletes meet their racing goals.
Just like in swimming, biking and running, we'll make small, incremental improvements that add up to huge changes over time. We won't put you on a crash diet, make you eat kale and seaweed, or tell you to give up desserts. You didn't create your bad habits overnight, so you shouldn't expect to change them overnight.
Rather, we'll incrementally introduce changes to your eating habits. Slowly reducing portion sizes, and gradually replacing low-nutrient unhealthy foods with nutritionally packed, tasty food that you'll learn to easily prepare and enjoy. We'll start with the easiest, most effective changes so you see big improvements quickly and with a minimum of effort.Thinking Long Term
Best of all, there are no fad foods and no rapid weight loss schemes, and we don't lock you into a weekly menu plan. Rather, we teach you habits that will last a lifetime. Just like triathlon training, adaptating to new eating habits takes time. We'll take baby steps that are relatively painless. By the end of our program, you'll have all of the tools, knowledge and desire to keep eating healthy for the rest of your life.Here's How it Works