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 keto 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.