Why don't yall go to the bodybuilding forum? Great ways to get cut and get tha abz like other bros. And full of useful broscience.
Well, one could do that, but I see where you're going. In reality normal "diets" or weightloss plans won't work for endurance athletes, as we need a lot more carbs in our diet to actually perform on the bike - even in the offseason. I know plenty BB guys that keep the carbs to a minimum, and lose weight that way. IMO, and probably yours as well, this won't be the answer for an endurance athlete.
The reason I'm bringing this thread back up, is because science/math really isn't helping me at the moment. Everybody knows that if you're in a 500 calorie deficit every day throughout a week, you'll lose 500 grams. That's what science has taught us. But my theory is that our bodies and brains are not so straightforward. Let's look at an example.
Rider A needs 2500 calories a day to keep his weight. He wants to lose some of that weight, so he changes his diet so that he eats 500 calories less everyday. It's not like he has a lot excess weight, but there's maybe 3-4 kgs. The first month he loses 1000 grams, but then all of a sudden it stops. He even tries reducing his caloric intake further with 100 calories, but nothing happens. My theory, as well with others, is that the body/brain reacts to this deficit by holding on to the mass/fat that it actually has, and actually reduces the BMR. This makes it even harder for Rider A to lose more weight. How do we actually go about this problem?
One of the ideas I've come across from others is to eat more on certain days during the week, to let the body/brain now that it's actually getting the fuel it needs, and then after a couple of days going into a deficit to use science to lose weight. Will this work for endurance athletes? I have no idea - but it's an interesting idea. I'd like your take on it as well.
It makes sense for me at least. It's easy to draw parallels to fat loss by not eating fat. Logically if we don't eat fat, we lose the fat that we have. In reality by not eating fat the body holds on to it because we need fat. By eating the right fats we are actually more likely to lose fat.
But again, I'd love to hear your take on it all. I'd like to consider my diet as being very healthy compared to most standards. 4 grams of carbs per kg bodyweight, mostly coming from wholegrain foods, a decent amount of protein, good amount of veggies and healthy fats. Not so much white flour, white rice, white pasta etc. Seldomly a soda. More or less no alcohol.
I'm very conscious about my food, because I find it interesting.