Lazy keto post-Ironman … not so much

3 months post-Ironman and my less-than-strict approach to low-carb, lazy keto, is just not working. I don’t really want to get on the scale but I can tell from my clothes and the way I feel that I’m adding fat. I got a reminder email from Finisherpix and looked at my race photos online: I looked better then than I do now. Carbs are a little like alcohol for me in that I can’t just cheat a little. Some people are able to easily control their intake whereas once I add a little in all bets are off.

I’ve kept training after this Ironman which is a big change from previous ones where I just kicked back. That has helped my weight from really ballooning, but that’s not really the point. Where I want to be is in that place where my hormones and fat metabolism 1 are working well to support both my workouts but fat loss as well. I felt like my race weight was still about 15 lbs over my goal of ‘near athlete levels of body fat’, say 14-15%.

As an endurance athlete, you understand that it can take rigor to achieve your goals and that discipline can be a stress in and of itself. When it comes to off-season it’s easy and expected to lapse a little and give yourself a break when it comes to your way of eating. I think for me that’s where the difficulty comes: I don’t want to put myself in a position every off-season where I equate “cheating” and “giving myself a break” to “not sticking with keto”. That’s the road to back fat gain, inflammation, and dis-ease.

And I don’t want to play this game every off-season!

I think there needs to be a mental decoupling of my way of eating from my training. Of course, the food I eat is critical for my training, but I think my approach needs to be more one of fine-tuning┬áketo and calorie intake between heavy training and off-season. That’s in stark contrast to “training means strict keto, off-season means lazy keto”.

So, back to body measurements, food measuring, MyFitnessPal, and geeking out on numbers.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

  1. Check out ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’ by Gary Taubes

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