No huge change in body weight today. There is a point in prep when body fat hits a certain level and you start seeing all the negative consequences of that state. I came across a consensus statement from the International Olympic Committee that recognizes this state as being a syndrome called Relative Energy Deficiency Syndrome in Sport (RED-S). Basically when there is low energy availability and this does not meet the energy requirements of an athlete there as an array of health consequence that form and we identify all of these within contest prep. This model shows how integrated the system is when dieting and it can help you identify issues arising. Some issues are endocrine disruption, menstrual function loss, decreased RMR, GI system change, immune system decline, decreases in psychological well being, disordered eating, food focus, performance decrements. Some of these are just part of prep, but seeing it occur is when we need to do our best to manage fatigue and that comes through smart nutrition, training, and lifestyle approaches. Just a cool paper I came across. Here is the link:
Anyway changes are slowing for me, but I am tighter at this body weight. Pushing a little harder makes senses. I have plenty of fullness and strength is still there. So, decreasing 40g of carbs and I added in 10g of fat to the plan.
CARDIO:35 minutes AM Stairmaster and 10min dog walk