Just to get my main question out of the way first, is there any general consensus on the best way to approach weight loss while training so as to not avoid burnout/injury/hampering performance?
I’ve had really good success in the past using a cyclic keto diet for weight loss (after gaining a bunch of weight after I started working night shift and stopped hiking I lost 100 lbs with diet alone and then lost another 30 over one summer getting ready for a 130 mile backpacking trip). I was able to handle 20+ mile days backpacking in the Olympics/Cascades while keeping carbs to less than 20g/day without even coming close to bonking but I’m wary of trying to do that following the plan laid out in TftNA. I have no problem doing fasted workouts but I’m not sure how to eat afterwards to recover well without overdoing it. I know I’ve seen the 50/25/25 ratio recommended a lot so would the best approach be to just stick to that ratio daily (keeping the Zone 1/2 fasted) and cut back on calories on the easier days? I feel like years of keto have made me a little carb-phobic which was fine as a weekday couch potato that went hiking on the weekends but maybe not so much with 5-6 days a week of training.
I’m about 20 weeks into training for a Rainier attempt in early July and guessing I’m about 30-40 lbs overweight currently (male, 5’11”, ~200lbs). I’m definitely not going to hit my goal weight before my trip but whatever I can lose without burning out will obviously make the trip easier. Long term I’m planning on taking a month off after Rainier and then I’ll start training for a 50k next spring. I’m planning on doing a nutrition consultation to help get as light as possible for that in a smart way.
Thanks for any advice.