I'm going to attempt to help my partner lose weight through diet. Having just completed the Whole30 myself, I'm partial to going that route but I realize it might not be best for his needs. I do a mixture of cardio and weight training 5 or 6 days a week so dropping all the sugar, dairy and legumes was not that hard for me and I never felt depleted of energy. My partner, however, is a competitive road cyclist who rides an average of 150-200 miles per week. He is 5'9 and weighs 171. He wants to lose at least 10 lbs but hold onto lean muscle. He does not want to build upper body muscle, as clearly more top-mass could be detrimental to his speed.
His diet is currently decent as far as SADs go -- he eats Paleo when he's home with me but is less strict when he's out and about. He also drinks beer on the weekends...
Would the Whole30/Paleo be a good diet for him to consider to drop weight? What might his meal plan look like? Fwiw, he's extremely allergic to tree nuts and doesn't do all that great with dairy.
Or would something like Leangains/ESE be a more appropriate way to go? I have to admit I've only perused Martin's site after reading about it on here so I'm not well-versed. What struck me first was that he seems to be recommending a lot of supplementation (amino acid and speed-y type stuff if I remember correctly) and that he's pretty lax when it comes to eliminating alcohol. Is his diet VLC? Would VLC be recommended at all for an endurance athlete? Are those types of athletes able to achieve optimal speed and endurance? My partner seems uneasy about skipping meals, especially pre-rides. He uses those honey stinger gels now. They're organic and all but is that the smartest way to refuel?
Would love some feedback. Thanks in advance.