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 getand staylean
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.
About the Author
Matt Fitzgerald is a certified sports nutritionist and the author of numerous books on running, triathlon, nutrition, and weight loss. His most recent books are Racing Weight Cookbook , 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 regular contributor to Men's Fitness, Men's Health, Outside, Runner's World, Bicycling, Running Times, Women's Running, and other sports and fitness publications. Fitzgerald is a featured coach on TrainingPeaks, Pear Sports, and Active.com. He is a certified sports nutritionist (CISSN) licensed by the International Society of Sports Nutrition. He lives and trains near San Francisco, California.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Finding Your Racing Weight
Chapter 1: Get Leaner, Go Faster
Chapter 2: How Much Should You Weigh?
Chapter 3: Dieting vs. Performance Weight Management
Part 2: 6 Steps to Peak Performance
Chapter 4: Improving Your Diet Quality
Chapter 5: Managing Your Appetite
Chapter 6: Balancing Your Energy Sources
Chapter 7: Monitoring Yourself
Chapter 8: Nutrient Timing
Chapter 9: Training for Racing Weight
Part 3: Fine-Tuning Your Strategy
Chapter 10: The Racing Weight Journey
Chapter 11: Racing Weight Foods
Chapter 12: What the Pros Eat
Chapter 13: Racing Weight and You
Appendix: Strength Training Exercises for Endurance Athletes
About the Author
Also Available: Racing Weight Quick Start Guide
What People are Saying About This
“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
“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.” — BikeRadar.com
“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.” — DailyPeloton.com
“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.” — Letsrun.com
“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.com
“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
“Reaching an ideal weight for endurance sports is important, but doing it the right way is even more important. Matt Fitzgerald provides scientific and sound advice for anyone trying to achieve their racing weight.” — Scott Jurek, 7-time winner of the Western States Endurance Run and 2-time winner of the Badwater Ultramarathon
“Racing Weight is the first book written exclusively about an issue that is very important to runners—eating and training properly to get to the start line of the peak race with the right body composition for running fast.” — Letsrun.com
“Racing Weight offers endurance athletes a simple approach to dietary quality. The Diet Quality Score system is worth the price of the book alone. It’s easy to follow and makes sense. Amateur to professional athletes can optimize their potential with this book.” — BikeWorldNews.com
“Every now and then someone writes the giant-killer text, the volume that becomes the bible of a subject. Ten years from now most of us will be wondering how we managed before Racing Weight came along.” — RedKitePrayer.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The reviewer above was off base in their assessment. Using their logic, all diet books can be summed up as "Eat less, exercise more". There is nothing more to it than that. The trick is in the applicaion and knowledge of how our body works in relations to food and exercise. This book explains the unique weight loss issues faced by endurance cyclists and runners.
Great to hear about the psychology of eating in this very well documented book.
Even if you're just looking to clean up your diet, this is a good book and has a very common sense approach to food. If you like the DQS idea, there's an app you can grab for easy use.
This book was a terrible disappointment and waste of time and money (with the noted exception of the chapter which included Pip Taylor's recipes--which are very good). I can sum the book up as follows: It takes less energy to move less weight, i.e., the less you weigh, the less energy you expend to move. Duh. To find your optimal racing weight, get as fit as possible. Then compete in a race. If you do well, you are probably at your optimal racing weight--or maybe not. Then get your BMI and body fat tested. The end.