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    Weight loss and training

    Hi all!

    I am currently training for my very first race season (road cycling). I'm currently around 146lbs (I'm female and 5'5") and would like to lose about 10 lbs.

    Currently I am losing about 1 pound a week, which seems like a good rate. I track my food intake and activity and try to have a 500 calorie deficit each day to result in the 1lb per week weight loss.

    My concern is that, as the race season draws closer, this daily caloric deficit may keep me from training at my best. Should I be concerned about this? Is there a specific time it's not as bad to skimp on the calories? It seems like it's important to have enough before I ride but then also afterwards for recovery, so that leaves me wondering when I can take it easy on the food.

    Any advice?

    TIA
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    Quote Originally Posted by formicalinoleum
    Hi all!

    I am currently training for my very first race season (road cycling). I'm currently around 146lbs (I'm female and 5'5") and would like to lose about 10 lbs.

    Currently I am losing about 1 pound a week, which seems like a good rate. I track my food intake and activity and try to have a 500 calorie deficit each day to result in the 1lb per week weight loss.

    My concern is that, as the race season draws closer, this daily caloric deficit may keep me from training at my best. Should I be concerned about this? Is there a specific time it's not as bad to skimp on the calories? It seems like it's important to have enough before I ride but then also afterwards for recovery, so that leaves me wondering when I can take it easy on the food.

    Any advice?

    TIA
    generally, it is better to not have a calorie deficit when you're doing intensity, in my experience, at least. however, 500 calories doesn't sound like a whole lot. I'd probably just go with the trial and error way of things, ie, keep doing what your doing, and start intervals whenever you're going to start them, then if you feel awful, then eat a bit more to eliminate the calorie deficit.

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