If not for my U of MN test and Beth Zirbes’ recommended link, I would have embarked in a “some-what” vegan looking diet for this next year. I am in love with the recipes I’ve tried, and really enjoy trying to eat as much plant/bean/natural based food as possible. Truly.
But, based on my test last week, I am a very, very predominate carb-burner. Per Evan’s link, I know I can work on this via my long runs – not eating before my long runs and teaching my body to burn fats. But would there be benefits to changing things every day?
I know that my body fat percentage is higher than other endurance athletes (despite those 100 mile weeks!) and I have a MUCH harder time losing that weight. I’ve blamed it on my genetics previosuly (there are more than a few 300+, maybe 400+ pound people on my dad’s side…). Instead, should I look at my current daily diet and make changes? Beth gave me a link that seemed to ring true:
Go to about me, my nutrition journey.
A lot of this resonates with me – the fact that he’s working out 2-3 hours a day but still carrying excess fat,wondering why, etc. This sounds so similar to what I have found to be true about myself, but when I look at his nutriton story, I wonder. This would be a very, very abrupt change for me. I know I don’t want to make a huge change to my diet unless I’m sure that it’ll really help me to lower body fat/increase fat-free mass. I have a second Olympic Trials qualifier to pursue!! Plus, this would be a change I know would be difficult for me mentally – I love nothing more than my 100% carb days, filled with oatmeal, bagels, plain pasta, etc. 🙂
I’m just too uneducated now to make a dramatic change (although am very open to the idea if it would work). Please feel free to comment here/post links/etc!!