I love chocolate and everything with chocolate. Unfortunately I was working a lot on contracts for various chocolate factories. So, after several months of another delegation and fighting against it and gaining a few kilos I quit and found another job. One problem solved - when I eat only what I buy it is much less, no sweet delicious stocks around me.
What I find most useful is calorie counting. Not only because I can control my intake this way but also because I am not that keen of eating anything I can not count. I sometimes know that I can eat that piece of cake but… I cant weight it, I can’t count its calories, I don’t know what to write down in my notes so I do not want to eat it anymore. Stupid thing but it works!
I am also very small so my BMR is little, my calorie expenditure is little and I should eat small portions - but this means I could go hungry all the time! So what I do? I eat as little calories and as much volume as possible for breakfast (huge salads for example), nothing at work - if you are occupied you don’t feel that hungry. Some fit dinner after work if possible, then train and then something that everybody would say I shouldn’t do - I eat in the evening a lot more than I need if I have some “spare calories” to use that day. And I go to bed full and happy. I can lose weight that way even when I eat a lot of sweets before going asleep - as long as I am on a calorie deficit. It is a simple math. Now I am trying just to maintain my weight and if it is possible lose it really slowly, like 0,1kg per week - but I have some final 2-3kg to loose or so, no more. For next season. After my last chocolate factory adventure I am still less than a kilo heavier than in winter months so this one kilo is enough to achieve this summer.
Fueling during trainings I find useless for losing weight. I fuel only when it is a race, and only long one - over 3h or so, when it is just important to be as full of energy as possible. Or sometimes I eat something in the mountains - I don’t want to bonk and miss another climb or just ride through it instead of smashing it. For endurance work I would rather ride for 5 or 6 hours on water and then eat more - it is then a real pleasure. During training eating is not a pleasure, it is some kind of obligation. Why should I spend some of my calorie limit on obligation rather than on a slow pleasure afterwards? I want to feel the taste, not just chew and swallow quickly whatever it is.
PS: Pepsi zero is a game changer. I don’t care what is included in it, no calories, a lot of CO2 = full stomach for some time. And tastes sweet
And all that effort just to become that 60kg mountain goat mentioned earlier. In fact around 51kg mountain goat for now. Should be <50kg mountain goat. Deal with it the same way I have to deal with you big boys during windy days on flats