I'm thinking about trying to shed a few more pounds before I start competing in a few weeks.
My concern is that I certainly don't want to cut out too many calories because I'm also continuing to ramp up my training and I already sometimes feel like I don't have enough gas in the tank for hard workouts.
So my question is if anyone has any recommendations for ways to tailor a diet for weight loss without sacrificing energy. I try to focus on low-fat foods in general, but should I target specific types of foods? Is running a calorie defecit the only way to go?
I should also say that I'm not overweight, currently 142 +/- 2lb. My Tanita scale reports body fat of 8.5% (+/- 1.0) and a BMI calculator puts me at 22.2 (right in the middle of "normal"). I just know that last fall when I lost 10lbs my running improved significantly, and I feel like I could afford to go down to as little as 135 for the competitive season. I suppose the questions should also be asked: Is this assumption misguided?
I stood next to Levi in Solvang (!) and he was exactly my height but looked more slender. A bit of googling tells me he weighs almost 10lbs less and clearly he has much more muscle than I do.