The dreaded off-season… or is it? It’s the time of year that the weather changes and the schedule of training and racing are over, besides CX or mountain riding, but we all know that is conducive to eating waffles and drinking beer! Because of these things, the most common questions I get as a dietitian are about weight control. Some of us tend to gain weight over the holidays, some try to maintain “race weight,” while others strive to lose some lbs or improve power:weight. All of these things are valid, and all of them require specific calculations. So, how do you determine the amounts and types of foods to eat to accomplish your goals? You come and see me of course!
As a sport dietitian, the coolest part of my job is that I get to work with all types of people on their nutrition plans. Everyone has individual needs, food preferences, metabolic rates, amounts of lean muscle mass, treats they like to eat/drink, sleep patterns, etc. etc. It takes a considerable amount of math as well as recipe writing to create meal plans to fit individual needs. Now, I have the luxury of calculating those needs all the way to the exact calorie.
At PLAN7 we now have the KORR Medical Technologies CardioCoach machine. This machine can do VO2 max tests, but I mostly use it to measure basal metabolic rate (BMR). This is also referred to as resting metabolic rate (RMR) or resting energy expenditure (REE). Basically, it determines the amount of energy, measured in calories, your body burns at rest. I use this information to determine the amount of food energy that is required to maintain basic body functions such as heartbeat, breathing, and digestion if you are sedentary all day. Then we add the calories you exert during exercise and training and adapt an appropriate meal plan to keep you on track to accomplish your health and fitness goals.
My job is to teach you exactly what to eat to fuel your body for optimal perfomance. So it’s not just calories, but the carbohydrates, fats, and proteins that are appropriate for you and your training plan. Let’s use this “off-season” to keep you on track and dialed… braaap!