Racing Weight Cookbook
By Matt Fitzgerald and Georgie Fear VeloPress
R egardless of whether we’re looking to lose weight or not, most of us could benefit from an improved nutrition regimen. In Racing Weight, Fitzgerald uses a formula to determine an athlete’s optimum weight. Once established, simply follow his plan to lean down. If you need to lose weight (i.e. fat) the plan focuses on increasing your protein intake (30 per cent of your diet), scoring your diet quality ( dqs), eating lean meat and whole grains and ensuring you’re eating regular meals with snacks to control hunger.
The Racing Weight Cookbook is a great companion to Racing Weight. Co-authored by Georgie Fear, the book can be used on its own or in conjunction with Fitzgerald’s weight loss plan. Recipes are broken down into three main categories: recipes for athletes with no cooking experience, those with some cooking experience and those who love to cook. These are then subdivided into meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner) along with snacks. Each recipe provides nutritional information along with a diet quality score. The authors signal key features about each dish with notations such as “HP” for high in protein, “V” for vegetarian, “HC” for high carbohydrate and “R” for recovery. The book contains great tips for sourcing food and stocking a kitchen.
Most of the ingredients are easily found at your local supermarket but you may need to make a trip to a specialty health food store for items such as wheat berry or millet. Cooking can be time-consuming for busy athletes, but the Racing Weight Cookbook offers some quick and easy recipes such as Toast with Cottage Cheese and Raspberry Preserves ( high in protein and good for recovery) or Cashew-Crusted Salmon (also high in protein). The book offers a large variety of dishes, is well-illustrated and easy to follow. See p.67 for a great breakfast recipe shared from the Racing Weight Cookbook.– CL