While snacking throughout the day is completely acceptable while in training, keeping up the same habits and eating schedule during the offseason is a recipe for weight gain. Use these five tips to help get through the offseason with ease and make your return to racing next season easier than ever.
Decrease Energy Intake1 of 6
Cut out extra energy bars, sports drinks and other recovery fuel you'd typically take during the season. You no longer need these if you aren't training.
Focus on the Quality of Your Diet2 of 6
Eat foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, such as fruits and vegetables. Eat less refined carbohydrates and energy-dense foods that previously gave you energy to get through a workout but served few other benefits.
Listen to Your Hunger Cues3 of 6
During the season you probably spent a lot of time eating without even thinking about it—maybe when you weren't even hungry. Take time this offseason to listen to your body and only eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full.
Add in Old Favorites4 of 6
During the season you probably limited yourself or even completely eliminated some foods because they weren't healthy or beneficial to your training. But now that you aren't trying to stay in peak condition, it's OK to add back in some of your old favorites, such as pizza, alcohol and ice cream. Just remember, everything in moderation.
Try Something New5 of 6
We all know not to mix up our diet and try new nutrition close to or during a race. But the offseason is the perfect opportunity to tweak fueling and fine-tune what works without the repercussions of unexpected bathroom trips on race day or an upset stomach during an important workout.