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When is it advisable to conclude my weight loss intervention as an athlete?

Knowing when to end your weight loss journey as an athlete requires a careful evaluation of your weight goals, body composition, performance, health, and well-being, while considering long-term sustainability. It's crucial to prioritize both performance and health to successfully pursue your athletic goals.

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Written by: The Athlete’s FoodCoach, on 5-4-2024
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Why should I stop my weight loss intervention?

  1. Achievement of weight and/or body composition goal: Once you've hit your target weight or body composition goal, it's wise to take a break from weight loss efforts. This allows your body to stabilize and gives you time to reflect, reassess goals, prioritize your overall health and performance, and of course celebrate!
  2. Upcoming race season or intense training period: During race seasons or periods of intense training, focus on weight maintenance rather than weight loss to support optimal performance. Avoid calorie deficits or restrictive diets that could potentially compromise performance and hinder recovery during key races and events.
  3. Decline in performance: A significant decline in your performance metrics, such as strength, endurance, speed, or agility, may be a sign that weight loss efforts are negatively impacting your body and health. Continuing to pursue weight loss can hinder athletic success and increase the risk of injury.
  4. Compromised health and well-being: Stop your weight loss intervention when noticing signs of compromised health and well-being, such as decreased energy levels, nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, impaired recovery, and increased susceptibility to illness or injury.
  5. Long-term sustainability: Prioritize maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle over pursuing further weight loss if your current intervention is unsustainable or detrimental for your overall well-being.

How do I conclude my weight loss intervention properly?

  1. Evaluate your process: Evaluate your progress towards your weight loss goals, including changes in body composition, performance metrics, and overall well-being. Consider whether you have achieved your desired outcomes and whether further weight loss is necessary or advisable in the future.
  2. Consider connecting to a FoodCoach: When you are unsure about your process and progress, seek guidance from a certified FoodCoach. They can provide personalized advice based on your individual circumstances and help you determine the best course of action.
  3. Shift your focus to weight maintenance: Discover your new energy needs and take time to balance out your new eating pattern for maintaining weight, and supporting overall health and performance.
  4. Celebrate achievements: Take time to acknowledge and celebrate your achievements during the weight loss intervention, whether it's reaching specific goals, enhancing athletic performance or learning new lessons. Recognizing your progress can help reinforce positive habits and motivate you to continue pursuing your next goals.
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