Fat, Fasting and Training Adaptation (Podcast #49)

Fat, Fasting and Training Adaptation (Podcast #49)

Getting fat.  That's the last thing anyone wants to hear over the off season, especially during the holidays.  The simple fact is that the holidays are notorious for being able to pack the pounds onto a cyclist.  There are parties aplenty, goodies in the office (usually in the form of high-calorie desserts), feasts with family and the ever-present alcoholic beverage, just begging for you to imbibe.

It's easy to overdo it during the off season and find yourself in a hole come January. But there is a way to start melting off those excess inches that doesn't involve giving up tasty meals of spending hours per day on the trainer. And that simple way involves putting a little more fat in your gullet.


You heard me right. If you understand the physiology of how our body processes the fuel it is given, you'll be able to make some smart dietary choices.  And if you stick with some of those changes for the long term, you'll realize some performance benefits as well.

In this episode of the Tailwind Coaching Podcast, I'll get into some of the science behind nutrition and exercise adaptation.  You'll find the following information discussed in this episode:

Butter and MCT Coffee@9:45 Mauro santambrogio positive for testosterone – faces lifetime ban

The effects of testosterone doping on long-term physical ability (actual paper HERE)

Planning your season podcast and worksheet

@19:14 – Myths about fat, discussion of carbohydrate and fat metabolism (and how “low-fat diets” have caused spikes in mortality rates, diabetes and coronary disease.)

Biohacking Your Energy Systems

@38:41 – How a high fat diet increases fat burning.

@48:49 – Description of and optimal high fat diet, ketogenic diet, where in the threshold “scale” you burn fat or carbs, what bonking is, how to use fasted training to increase fat burning.

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With the (not so) off season in full swing, you should think about planning your next season and getting your training started!  If you're not following a training plan, why not check out my modular training plans in my online store and think about building some “Raw Strength” with my new 8 week strength training plan.  And keep a look out for my new Advanced Base Module, available soon!

Don't forget the discount code mentioned in this episode.

About the Author:

After graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science/Pharmacology, I continued my education with a doctorate of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College. As I progressed through my education, I was able to apply the concepts I learned in the lab to my own daily workouts and goals. At the time, I was following some of the principles of traditional coaching and getting mediocre results. Frustrated, I realized that if I could apply all my physiology, chemistry, nutrition and training knowledge, I could “build a better mousetrap” not just for my own training, but for other athletes. With this goal in mind, I started Tailwind Coaching, to help cyclists [with busy lives and limited training time] become stronger, faster, fitter and healthier. And while I may not be a ex-ProTour rider, an Olympic Coach or even a prolific race winner, I am something that most coaches are not: a regular guy just like you who has a job, a family and a desire to be a stronger cyclist.