However, there are some key health-related things you can do now to stay healthy during this seasonal season.
Today, let's discuss Diet and Weight Management. Every athlete's favorite subject! Here are a few guidelines:
- Avoid skipping meals
- Eat Healthy
- Dehydration should be the very last resort thing you do
- Know your body and take a scientific approach to the scale
First, I would weight myself on the school scales. Then I'd go home and weight myself on my home scales. That way I'd have a baseline to compare to. Keep in mind, you have to be wearing exactly the same amount of clothes - whether that is some, or none at all - so your baseline is accurate. You also have to avoid eating or drinking anything between these weigh-ins. And, it goes without saying - the weigh-ins have to be close together in time.
Next I would weigh myself right before bed. I'd note the time. First thing in the morning, another weigh-in. Again, same level of clothing both times. From these two weigh-ins, I would calculate how much weight I would 'drift off' in a particular amount of time. Drifting is the amount of weight you will lose simply by existing, not counting working out.
By doing this I figured out that I would lose, on average, one pound every 8 hours. Then I'd go the math: If weigh-ins were 24 hours away, I could count on drifting about 3 lbs in that amount of time. Armed with this knowledge, I would know exactly how much weight I could gain through eating and drinking during the time I weighed, to the meet's weigh-ins. This allowed me to put together a consumption plan - what I would eat, and drink, during that time. Oftentimes that plan also included me working out at some point (I even had a scientific approach and a specific workout designed to lose weight, and I'd know exactly how much weight I was going to lose from that particular workout. But that's for another time.)