Racing Weight Cookbook: Lean, Light Recipes For Athletes

Paperback | January 8, 2014

byMatt Fitzgerald, georgie fear

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Racing Weight Cookbookdelivers more than 100 flavorful, easy recipes for athletes that will help you hit your ideal weight without compromising your performance.

Whatever your training demands,Racing Weightmeals make it simple to dial in the right mix of carbs, fat, and protein and satisfy your appetite. Put high-quality, well-balanced meals on your table in as little as 15 minutes with time-saving tips for food preparation and grocery shopping.

Discover the best foods for athletes:
• 100+ healthy recipes for any athlete, from reluctant cook to cooking enthusiast
• Whole grains, fiber, and lean protein to elevate diet quality
• Fresh, energy-dense meals that help runners, triathletes, and cyclists train harder
• Nutrient-rich bars and smoothies to promote fast recovery

WithRacing Weight Cookbook, you'll take control of your diet with the provenRacing Weightapproach, practiced by the world's best endurance athletes and backed by scientific research. The fastest athletes tend to be the leanest, but every athlete needs to eat well to perform well.Racing Weight Cookbookmakes it easy for you to eat and train for weight loss at the same time.

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Racing Weight Cookbookdelivers more than 100 flavorful, easy recipes for athletes that will help you hit your ideal weight without compromising your performance.Whatever your training demands,Racing Weightmeals make it simple to dial in the right mix of carbs, fat, and protein and satisfy your appetite. Put high-quality, well-balanced ...

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LEANER, LIGHTER, FASTERRacing Weight Cookbookdelivers more than 100 flavorful, easy recipes for athletes that will help you hit your ideal weight without compromising performance.Whatever your training demands,Racing Weightmeals make it simple to dial in the right mix of carbs, fat, and protein and satisfy your appetite. Put high-quali...

Matt Fitzgerald is a certified sports nutritionist and the author of numerous books on running, triathlon, nutrition, and weight loss. His most recent books areRacing Weight Cookbook, Racing Weight Quick Start Guide, RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel, Racing Weight, Brain Training for Runners,andThe Runner's Diary. Matt is a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 7.38 × 0.75 inPublished:January 8, 2014Publisher:VeloPressLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent cookbook This is an excellent cookbook and we have not yet come across a recipe we didn't fully enjoy. Lots of flavour in all of the recipes and the whole family enjoys them!
Date published: 2016-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect First Paleo Cookbook! I bought this a while ago just to decide if we wanted to go the paleo route and it has been amazing!! The recipes are simple i have had no troubles with any of them and they all come out amazing! I find myself reaching for it time and time again, which i did not expect to happen! I was prepared to love a few recipes but i have loved everyone we have made so far!! Some ingredients I had troubles finding but found it super easy to substitute with other variations(mushrooms and fats for exampl). Some of the best money I have spent on a cookbook!
Date published: 2016-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to follow with great tasting recipes I bought this ~2 months ago and it is great. The layout is fantastic with recipes grouped into three categories: 1) Those with little cooking experience 2) Those with some cooking experience 3) Those who love to cook. Many of the recipes are extremely tasty and easy to make.
Date published: 2015-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for athletes...and moms of athletes. This book was very informative and well written. I enjoyed the recipes and the reasoning behind the recipes. Great for anyone that needs to feed an athlete.
Date published: 2015-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book! Love this cookbook! Recipes are easy and not at all time consuming. Once you have all the ingredients in your stock pantry, you are good to go. Great for those just starting out with the Paleo lifestyle.
Date published: 2014-12-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nice pictures not so good recipes Bought this a couple of weeks ago and tried a few recipes. Followed all the ingredients and instructions and things did not turn out well. Recommend trying some recipes online before purchasing this book.
Date published: 2014-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great recipes and gorgeous photos! I just started following their blog and was excited to find out they published a cookbook. Like their blog, the book has gorgeous photos and the recipes are fantastic. As an introduction to Paleo, it's a great starting point.
Date published: 2014-03-11

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Racing Weight Cookbook is not a typical cookbook.It is a cookbook for endurance athletes, who are as different from other categories of eaters as bicycle seats are different from recliners.Cyclists, cross-country skiers, rowers, runners, swimmers, and triathletes have special dietary goals and nutritional needs that are not shared by their nonathlete friends. These unique dietary requirements— especially as they relate to the goal of performance weight management—are thoroughly addressed in my book Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance. This cookbook presents original recipes that are consistent with the guidelines offered in that book. Of course, these recipes may also serve as healthy meals for any nonathletes in your household, but they were created especially for athletes like you.Most cookbooks are written for people who have a preexisting interest in cooking. The Racing Weight Cookbook does not presume such an interest because it is intended to enable all endurance athletes, regardless of cooking experience, to feed themselves in a way that conforms to the Racing Weight system. While there are plenty of recipes in the following pages that will appeal to experienced cooks, there are also many that require no special kitchen skills. My highest priority in putting together this book was to ensure that it was useful even to those athletes who generally would rather wash up after dinner than prepare it.In this regard, my own limited cooking abilities were an advantage. Never drawn to the kitchen, I managed to put off learning how to cook until after I graduated from college. I hadn’t been at it very long when I developed persistent stomach pains. Eventually I deduced that the discomfort was caused by pasta sauce. It wasn’t that my stomach was especially sensitive to the acids in tomatoes. The problem, rather, was that I was eating the same meal every single night: spaghetti with ground turkey mixed into Ragú Chunky Gardenstyle Primavera Sauce and a giant stalk of steamed broccoli on the side.I realized then that in order to be truly healthy, I needed to break out of my comfort zone and learn how to prepare some other kinds of meals. I did not exactly become Wolfgang Puck, but I very slowly added simple meals to my repertoire. I took shortcuts at every opportunity, such as buying canned soups and adding veggies to them instead of making my own soups from scratch. The one thing I refused to do was lower my nutritional standards. Through this combination of laziness and high standards I learned lots of little tricks that enabled me to fuel my body for maximum health and performance without spending more time than I could bear stirring the contents of saucepans. All of the tricks and shortcuts I’ve picked up over the years are shared in the Racing Weight Cookbook. If you can use a can opener, you can use this resource to take control of your diet and reach your optimal racing weight.Having said this, I hasten to add that cooking is like endurance training (and most other pursuits): The more you put into it, the more you get out of it. Many years ago I had the good fortune to marry a woman whose enthusiasm for cooking has proved infectious. Together we eat a wide variety of enjoyable, healthy meals. This experience has taught me that every endurance athlete should be encouraged to go beyond the basics and learn how to prepare some meals that offer as much pleasure as they do nutrition.That’s why I did not write this book alone. Georgie Fear is an outstanding cook who creates original meal recipes almost daily for her own enjoyment and to share with the clients she serves as a dietitian and nutrition coach. She is also a fitness fanatic (and a former triathlete and ultrarunner) who understands the special dietary needs of endurance athletes. I’ve known and admired Georgie for years, and when it came time to choose a collaborator for this book, my list of candidates had only one name on it: hers. All of these recipes were tested and perfected in her kitchen. Thanks to her contributions, the Racing Weight Cookbook has as much to offer foodies like her as five-minute cooks like me.If you’re like most people (including most endurance athletes), one of these three phrases accurately describes your relationship with cooking:1. I don’t cook.2. I have some cooking experience.3. I love to cook!The recipes in this book are categorized in three levels that align with these self-descriptions. Level 1 recipes are so simple that even folks who claim they don’t cook can put them together without acquiring new skills. Level 2 recipes are a bit more involved but still fall well within the comfort zone of those who have followed basic recipes before. Level 3 recipes are also simple enough to be followed by anyone who can read English but entail a few more steps and some less common ingredients that may be familiar mainly to those who enjoy spending time in the kitchen.If you haven’t cooked before, start with the Level 1 recipes. You can practice the Racing Weight system successfully with these meals alone. Once you’ve gained a little confidence, you can advance to Level 2 and ultimately to Level 3 recipes. If you’re already a little more comfortable in the kitchen, start by drawing from both the Level 1 and Level 2 recipes. You will be ready to advance to Level 3 in no time. And if you’re an experienced cook, there are no limitations on which recipes you can use to adhere to the Racing Weight system. Just don’t assume that the Level 1 recipes are “too basic” for you. These meals are no less wholesome than the more sophisticated ones, and even the most avid cook needs a break sometimes.Matt Fitzgerald Racing Weight Cookbook 72 dpi 600pwIf anyone had told me 20 years ago, when I was fighting stomach pain from eating too much pasta sauce, that one day I would coauthor a cookbook, I would have thought I was hallucinating. Then again, this is not your typical cookbook. It’s just the sort of cookbook that I would use (and will use) myself as a runner and triathlete who loves to eat; does not have a lot of time and energy to cook; and is always looking to get leaner, lighter, and faster. I believe that you will discover this to be the perfect cooking resource for you too.So what are we waiting for?Let’s eat! Matt Fitzgerald

Table of Contents

Preface
An Introduction to the Racing Weight Program
Practical Tips to Get You Started: Food Shopping, Simple Cooking, Precooking, Leftovers


Racing Weight Recipes
1 Recipes for the Athlete Who Doesn't Cook: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
2 Recipes for the Athlete with Some Cooking Experience: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3 Recipes for the Athlete Who Loves to Cook: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Acknowledgments
Credits
Diet Quality Score Tables
Conversions & Equivalents
Nutrient Content Guide to Recipes
Index
About the Authors

Editorial Reviews

“Sports nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald lets us in on his no-diet secrets that can help endurance athletes get leaner, stronger, and faster.” — Men’s Fitness “Racing Weight answers the difficult questions athletes often have about dieting, including how to handle the off-season. The book gives readers a scientifically backed system to discover your optimum race weight, as well as five steps to achieve it.” — Triathlete magazine “I highly recommend reading Racing Weight even if you don't need to lose any excess poundage. You'll come away with a better understanding of your physiology and also of food.” — Joe Friel, founder of TrainingBible Coaching and author of The Triathlete's Training Bible and The Cyclist’s Training Bible “Fitzgerald is a fountain of information on current research studies and findings from the sciences of healthy nutrition and exercise performance.” — Ultrarunning magazine “Fitzgerald is going to go down as one of the most competent and prolific authors of books for serious runners covering just about every legitimate aspect of the all-important runner’s lifestyle.” — Letsrun.com “Reaching an ideal weight for endurance sports is important, but doing it the right way is even more important. Matt Fitzgerald provides scientific and sound advice for anyone trying to achieve their racing weight.” — Scott Jurek, 7-time winner of the Western States Endurance Run and 2-time winner of the Badwater Ultramarathon “Racing Weight is the first book written exclusively about an issue that is very important to runners—eating and training properly to get to the start line of the peak race with the right body composition for running fast.” — Letsrun.com “A crash course on how endurance athletes should think about food.” — LAVA magazine “Even if you are already a lean machine, you'll likely still learn something from Racing Weight. From how to determine your optimum weight, to improving your diet and training around it, to controlling your appetite and making your own fuel—it's all in this book.” — BikeRadar