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Myths versus reality: simple truths about weight loss for cyclists

Achieving peak performance and weight loss in cycling requires a balanced approach. By debunking the myths and embracing smart weight loss strategies, cyclists can enhance their performance and reach their goals effectively.

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Written by: The Athlete’s FoodCoach, on 21-4-2024
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Myth 1: Product X or diet Y makes weight loss easy

Reality: Losing weight smartly requires time and effort. There are no shortcuts. Avoid "fat burner" claims and quick-fix products like Carnitine. They're not supported by evidence and can be harmful.

Myth 2: Cutting out carbs completely is best for weight loss

Reality: Carbs are your body's predominant and most efficient source of energy, especially for moderate- to high intensity activities. Cutting them out entirely is like training with flat tires – heavy and destroys your bike (body). Research shows no benefit to low-carb diets for energy or f at loss. Want to know more? Read this blog.

Myth 3: Skipping meals leads to faster weight loss

Reality: Skipping meals can harm your training and recovery. Limited research supports meal skipping for fat loss. It's not a smart approach for cyclists.

Myth 4: Extreme calorie restriction is the fastest way to lose weight

Reality: Extreme calorie deficits hurt performance and health. They can slow metabolism and lead to muscle loss, making them unsustainable for athletes.

Myth 5: Nutrition apps can't account for individual differences

Reality: Nutrition apps like FoodCoach don't consider every individual difference such as genetics, metabolism, or stress levels. Instead, FoodCoach focusses on the important individual differences like body measurements and training load to provide actionable guidelines, backed by science and refined through years of testing in (elite) cycling. While FoodCoach doesn't address all factors, it focuses on the basics that have real impact on your daily energy needs. These guidelines are valuable for (elite) cyclists in real-world scenarios. And always remember, these are just guidelines, so always trust your instincts and seek guidance from a FoodCoach when needed.

Myth 6: Training matters more than nutrition

Reality: While training is undeniably crucial for performance, this myth neglects the significant impact of nutrition. Ignoring proper nutrition can impede training progress and recovery. Achieving optimal results requires a balanced approach, investing in both training and nutrition.

In elite cycling, marginal gains reveal the true performance dilemma: more power and less weight. Smart weight loss addresses this dilemma with a science-based approach and practical tools to align meals with training, weight loss targets, and daily reality.

Myth 7: Tracking food with a barcode scanner is easy and effective

Tracking nutrition takes effort and is never easy. Despite the assistance of barcode scanner and apps like FoodCoach, it demands time and effort. More importantly, tracking is not merely about knowing your daily intake, but consistently adjusting your next meal to adapt to your daily reality and meet your daily energy needs. Always remember, performance is never improved by knowledge alone but only by consistent action.

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