I'm a newbie who ran his 1st race 2 weeks ago and I'm looking to lose some weight (meaning 15/20 pounds). I've done numerous diets in the past and they all worked for me when I combined them with light exercise. Then, as soon as my life style changed and I couldn't go to the gym for a while I gained what I had lost.
But now, I'm training for triathlons so I'm afraid about just cutting calories and carbs. In fact I've read a lot about not cutting carbs while training. I know I need a balanced diet and cut calories in general to generate a deficiency in daily calories that will make me drop some pounds....but I can;t find that "balanced diet or plan" and the dietician that I asked about had no clue about sports diets.
Also, I'd like to ask your opinion about protein shakes or other supplements. Does everybody need them? If they are recommended, what do you use? I'm afraid of picking the wrong one and I can't trust those body builders from the stores....I want to get leaner and faster, not bulkier ;-)
Thank you in advance to all of you guys.