The subject of losing and gaining weight - watts versus kilograms is old as cycling as sport itself.
As a professional rider, naturally there is no way to get away from all the discussion about diet and losing weight, although I’m personally very much against forcing my body losing weight in and excessive or abnormal way.
Don’t get me wrong, I do take care of what I eat, but at the same time I like my body to go thru somehow natural phases. Usually picking up couple of kilograms in winter time. Than using that extra mass in the spring period as a fuel for extremely long training and races. Eventually with the arrival of summer months loosing all the last bits of grams thanks to decreased appetite in hot weather.
However, if you really like to challenge yourself and lose some weight in shorter time frame, here are couple of my rules I follow when uncertain about my peak season race weight.