Racing Weight Quick Start Guide

A 4-Week Weight-Loss Plan for Endurance Athletes


Racing Weight Quick Start Guide applies all the principles of his best-selling book Racing Weight in a detailed set of weight-loss training plans. You will devote 4 to 8 weeks to starting a weight loss of 5, 10, or 20+ pounds.

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Matt Fitzgerald’s Racing Weight Quick Start Guide applies all the principles of his best-selling book Racing Weight in a detailed set of weight-loss training plans. You will devote 4 to 8 weeks to starting a weight loss of 5, 10, or 20+ pounds.

Lose weight quickly by following a schedule of high-intensity workouts and strength training as well as a menu of calorie-restricted, high-protein meals and snacks. Low-volume and high-volume plans make it possible for cyclists, runners, and triathletes with a wide range of experience to maintain their training levels. Replace fat with muscle while keeping your appetite in check.

Once you’ve hit your quick start weight-loss goals, you will continue dropping unwanted pounds using the proven strategies of the Racing Weight program. Zero in on your racing weight through improved diet quality, balanced macronutrient levels, proper timing of meals and snacks, appetite management, and training for lean body composition.

The Racing Weight Quick Start Guide will accelerate your season goals so you’ll be racing leaner and faster than ever before.

Read excerpts from Racing Weight and try sample recipes from Racing Weight Cookbook on the VeloPress Racing Weight Page.

Try the Racing Weight estimator and DQS calculator at

Racing Weight Quick Start Guide: A 4-Week Weight-Loss Plan for Endurance Athletes
Matt Fitzgerald
Paperback 2-color interior with charts and tables throughout.
6″ x 9″, 288 pp., $18.95, 9781934030721

Racing Weight Quick Start Guide: A 4-Week Weight-Loss Plan for Endurance Athletes

Shipping Dimensions: 6.32in x 9.00in x 0.70in pp $18.95, Inventory 9781934030721, Shipping 1.00lbs



1 Targeting Your Racing Weight
2 The Racing Weight System
3 Quick Start Plan Overview
4 Quick Start Meals and Snacks
5 Quick Start Meal Plans
6 Quick Start Training
7 Training Plans for Cyclists (Low-Volume, High-Volume)
8 Training Plans for Runners (Low-Volume, High-Volume)
9 Training Plans for Triathletes (Low-Volume, High-Volume)
10 Putting It All Together

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“This companion to Matt Fitzgerald’s Racing Weight offers a detailed set of integrated nutrition, training, and weight-loss plans geard to help you lose weight quickly.” — Canadian Running magazine

Racing Weight Quick Start Guide offers a fast, safe, and thoughtful way to lose weight and still maintain your base level of fitness. ” — Tri Juice

“I highly recommend reading Racing Weight even if you don’t need to lose any excess poundage. You’ll come away with a better understanding of your physiology and also of food.” — Joe Friel, founder of TrainingBible Coaching and author of The Triathlete’s Training Bible and The Cyclist’s Training Bible

“Racing Weight is the first book written exclusively about an issue that is very important to runners—eating and training properly to get to the start line of the peak race with the right body composition for running fast.” —

“Reaching an ideal weight for endurance sports is important, but doing it the right way is even more important. Matt Fitzgerald provides scientific and sound advice for anyone trying to achieve their racing weight.” — Scott Jurek, 7-time winner of the Western States Endurance Run and 2-time winner of the Badwater Ultramarathon

“Fitzgerald is a fountain of information on current research studies and findings from the sciences of healthy nutrition and exercise performance.” — Ultrarunning magazine

“Sports nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald lets us in on his no-diet secrets that can help endurance athletes get leaner, stronger, and faster.” — Men’s Fitness

“Fitzgerald is going to go down as one of the most competent and prolific authors of books for serious runners covering just about every legitimate aspect of the all-important runner’s lifestyle.” —

“Racing Weight answers the difficult questions athletes often have about dieting, including how to handle the off-season. The book gives readers a scientifically backed system to discover your optimum race weight, as well as five steps to achieve it.” — Triathlete magazine

“A crash course on how endurance athletes should think about food.” — LAVA magazine

“Even if you are already a lean machine, you’ll likely still learn something from Racing Weight. From how to determine your optimum weight, to improving your diet and training around it, to controlling your appetite and making your own fuel—it’s all in this book.” — BikeRadar

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