Book Review – Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance

How to Get Lean for Peak Performance
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As a life long athlete, and distance runner, who has gone from running at 14 years old to running at 31 years old I’ve noticed many changes in my body with not all of them being so welcome. One that recently struck me was that I am now at the heaviest I have ever been. While I am by no means overweight or someone that you would see at the beach and say should lose a few pounds, I am weighing in at around 155 lb. ±3 lb. and I am 5’7″. It is also worth noting that I lift weights regularly so I’m not a typical distance runner.

Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance Intro

With all of that in mind I wasn’t finding what I wanted to know about active athletes losing weight by using google as my primary research tool. Mostly what you find is a few random articles that state all people lose weight the same which is consuming less calories than you burn. It really is that simple, even at the highest level of debate and in this book the bottom line is don’t eat more than you burn.

But as a knowledge seeking individual that I am I could not accept that it was that simple.  Someone out there must know more about this topic of losing weight while not losing your fitness edge. So I bought Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance.

If what you are trying to figure by reading this review is if this book will tell you something besides the fact that you will have to restrict calories by changing your diet in some way or another – it won’t. What this book will tell you outside of the obvious is some ways to improve your diet quality. I’ll go through the three parts of the book to give you a quick idea of what you are getting into.


Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance – Part 1

To further what I just said above, you can really do yourself a favor and skip Part 1 of this book. Is is just stories and advice but nothing that you can act upon. After reading through Part 1 as soon as the book was delivered to my Kindle I almost stopped reading the book. I’m glad I didn’t because despite my general dislike for the Part 1 there is still some information that can help you in the later parts.

Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance – Part 2

Part 2 is where the book starts to come alive; this section is – 6 Steps To Peak Performance. The DQS (Diet quality Score) is one of the very useful features of the book. I am very aware of what I consume but to many athletes that are not this would be a huge help. The next 4 Steps are pretty close to what you will find in many diet books with a slight nod to athletes until the last step. Step 6 – Training For Racing Weight –  is very rich with information that you won’t find outside of this book.

Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance – Part 3

The final section of the book covers more on how this is a lifestyle change and not a diet. Which again is very good for the an athlete that is looking for a resource to learn more about life as distance runner. There are many examples of recipes and specific athletes daily food intake that are good suggestions for you to base your own consumption off of.

Most Highlighted Passages

I always find it very interesting to see what are the most highlighted passages in a book and thanks to Amazon Kindles Highlighters feature it’s easy to see. Check out a few of the most highlighted passages in the book:

377 Highlighters – “The best results come from a program in which roughly 80 percent of training is easy, 10 percent is moderate, and 10 percent is hard.” (p. 9). VeloPress. Kindle Edition.

330 Highlighters – I recommend that everyone, regardless of how much fish he or she eats, take a daily essential fat supplement. The two most important omega-3 fats are DHA and EPA. A daily dosage of 2 to 3 grams of EPA and DHA (combined) is recommended. (p. 105). VeloPress. Kindle

295 Highlighters  – “You will perform best and attain your racing weight quickest by maintaining a high training volume relative to your personal limits and by doing most of your training at lower intensities. ” (p. 144). VeloPress. Kindle Edition.

273 Highlighters  –  “Here’s the good news: Dark chocolate does not count as a sweet if it’s at least 80 percent cacao and eaten in small amounts (no more than 100 calories’ worth at a time). One serving a day of dark chocolate need not be scored because it contains less sugar than most sweets and is rich in heart-healthy antioxidants.”  (p. 69). VeloPress. Kindle Edition.

Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance Verdict

Despite what I said at the beginning of the review I ended up being a bit more sold on the book by part 3 of it. “How to Get Lean for Peak Performance” is for most athletes looking to learn more about functional fitness weight management. But I can’t stress this enough, if you are someone that is well read and understands food this book won’t be of as much help to you. It has useful in depth knowledge that doesn’t exist in any other book to date; besides his previous book on the topic – “Racing Weight”. If purchased along with some of Matt’s other books with recipes and the like it can be even more helpful to get you on your way to your ideal racing weight.

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Dario is a long time distance runner and OCR athlete. When not on the roads and trails logging miles he can be found drinking coffee while reading bad science fiction books.
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