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  1. Tim Starry
    March 10, 2012

    perhaps we also need to ask the question why you have a “goal” racing weight…

    • Kelli, RD
      March 16, 2012

      Hi Tim,
      Thanks for your comment.  With this particular question, you’re right, a full assessment of health/nutrition/cycling goals and eating habits would be a great idea – and something I would do with any client.  Usually, I provide guidance with weight goals as it is sometimes just not healthy or necessary to drop weight.  And, I find that many times, going too low doesn’t really provide a strength:weight benefit as overall health, strength, power, stamina, and even quality of life can decrease.  Risk of over-training and fatigue can increase.  On the other hand, many high level competitive clients and pro clients simply benefit from getting to a light weight as long as they stay healthy and strong.  And, lastly, I think all weight goals should be “moving targets” and adjusted as necessary.  Thanks again!  Kelli, RD

    • Kelli, RD
      March 16, 2012

      Hi Tim,
      Thanks for your comment.  With this particular question, you’re right, a full assessment of health/nutrition/cycling goals and eating habits would be a great idea – and something I would do with any client.  Usually, I provide guidance with weight goals as it is sometimes just not healthy or necessary to drop weight.  And, I find that many times, going too low doesn’t really provide a strength:weight benefit as overall health, strength, power, stamina, and even quality of life can decrease.  Risk of over-training and fatigue can increase.  On the other hand, many high level competitive clients and pro clients simply benefit from getting to a light weight as long as they stay healthy and strong.  And, lastly, I think all weight goals should be “moving targets” and adjusted as necessary.  Thanks again!  Kelli, RD

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