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    How do you reduce weight without affecting strength/power?

    hi guys! It's me again. I'm asking for your thoughts on how to reduce weight without affecting strength/power? I started cycling last august and was 113kg before(6'1" tall). Now I'm 103-105kg (thanks to cycling), without doing any diet since i love to eat. I want to take cycling seriously this coming year. And I've read that I need to reduce weight in order to climb faster. The Problem is that reducing weight might reduce power production. Is there a technique for weight-loss without affecting power output? BTW, i was 103-105kg last november, and i have problems lowering it with the current lifestyle (weekend cyclist) it's like 103-105kg is my barrier right now.

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    Seriously, you can stand to loose a lot of weight without even coming close to loosing power.

    Now if you don't want to loose muscle as you drop in weight, make sure to eat enough protein and include resistance training.

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    Put simply: you could lose substantial weight. You're a centimeter shorter than I am and weigh 30 more kilograms. You are not in danger of slowing down as you trim down.

    Weight is more a matter of the kitchen than the bike. I lost 10 kilos over the spring and summer and pretty well all of it was by portion control.

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    I suggest you read through some of the articles on this site: Bodyrecomposition

    The site is focused a bit more on power lifting and bodybuilding than endurance activities, but there is plenty there that will be useful to you. The amount of information on the site is a bit overwhelming. If I have time later, I'll track down a couple articles that should have what you're looking for.
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    At 100kg or even probably at 90kg there's plenty to spare besides bone and muscle.

    My favorite gauge for body composition is how high I float (or fast I sink). Fat floats, muscle and bone sink. So if you're truly lean you'll tend to float low or sink. (the chest cavity keeps lean people from sinking like rocks).

    I'm also a scuba diver, and when I'm running to the lean side (haven't been really lean in 40 years) I dive with no or little weight. However when I run heavy I need to add 1# of lead for every 8#s or so of added body weight.

    So don't sweat losing power yet, but you may feel weaker while losing weight simply because you're on a calorie deficit diet. That leaves smaller energy reserves, but will resolve itself when you plateau.
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