Great article on losing weight for climbing

I've linked to this picture before from GymJones but it's just so good. At least two of the topics in the article below are mentioned here.

I've linked to this picture before from GymJones but it's just so good. At least two of the topics in the article below are mentioned here.

I've been very very wary of linking to a post on weight and climbing as it's such as a dangerous topic/game to get into. I'll make an exception for this one, TrainingBeta.com has a great article up from it's owner and author, Neely Quinn, (who is a nutritionalist that works in her full-time job for another food-related site, and is also a grade-8 sport climber). Well worth a read if you're interested on the topic. It's well thought out, well written and concise, I've listed the main titles below which should give an idea:

#1. Stop eating so much

#2. Eat Whole, Real Foods

#3. Carbs (and Protein and Fat)

#4. Weed Out Food Sensitivities

#5. Don’t Exercise Too Much

#6. Get Enough Sleep

#7. Drink Lots of Water

Of those, I've always been pretty good with #1 (I've even used MyFitnessPal for a fortnight as described to get an idea of the balance of foods I was eating at one point a year or two ago - showing I was terrible at getting protein intake) , am always learning more in #2, #3 is tricky, #4 is one I've learned a lot about in the past couple of years, #5 is the eternal problem of almost all climbers(!) especially those early to the sport, #6 I was terrible at but fixed several years ago and #7 I'm good and bad at it in equal measure (yesterday being a great example of a bad day and a ton of exercise meaning a hand that was almost starting to cramp shut....). Always more to improve at! The main thing is to be sensible - climbing is largely a technique and strength-based sport so eating enough to keep your muscles fed, your body healthy seems like a good idea! It's also good for general health issues so there's no excuse....

Where do you fit into these topics?

Neal McQuaid