I started (seriously) adapting my nutrition to improve my metabolic efficiency at the beginning of 2011 when I began my Boston marathon training. How has it been working for me? So far, so good! Whether you are or are not a follower of metabolic efficiency training, I thought I would share with you my top 10 reasons I am liking (actually, loving) metabolic efficiency training.
- No energy level crash. By combining the right foods at meals and snacks, I have stable energy levels throughout the day. I get to choose the foods I like. No one dictates what I eat, how I prepare it or how much of it I eat.
- Feeling good in my clothes. My body weight has decreased by 7% and body fat percentage by approximately 4%. Forget about those numbers though... what I really enjoy is that I fit comfortably into a pant size that I haven’t worn for quite a while.
- I feel healthy. And my last blood draw in March to check my lipid panel showed improved cholesterol numbers. They weren’t that “bad” last year, but they’re even better now.
- I am free.... free from gobbling and goo’ing those various sports nutrition products every 30-45 minutes during training sessions. I consume electrolytes, water, and don’t need any calories for any workouts under 2.5 hours. I will continue to experiment with this as I undertake my longer triathlon training sessions this summer.
- GI distress gone during training sessions - because of #4 above. What a relief the GI monster doesn’t rear its ugly head and get in my way of quality training.
- No calorie counting. Unnecessary. I use Bob’s periodization plates™ as my primary guide for each time I eat.
- More color on my plate. Yes, I am a sport dietitian and yes, I am a vegetable lover. However, this nutrition adaptation has encouraged me to expand my “vegetable rotation” to include more variety and a willingness to experiment more.
- No grain, no pain. I took out grains, which was indeed a big change for me (I used to eat at least 5 servings daily). By changing the composition of my daily nutrition, I have been teaching my body to use its internal fat stores more efficiently for energy. This relates to almost all of the above points!
- Going faster. I have set new PRs in my marathon, half marathon, and 10K times this year and I am no spring chicken. Granted, my new coach has helped me get stronger and I do more high intensity training. But, I know my nutrition changes have had a significant impact.
- Role model. As a Fuel4mance sports dietitian, I walk the talk. I practice metabolic efficiency training and I am an athlete. I understand the challenges, but I will be able to help you get closer to your goals.