DDOORN: Couldn't agree more re: high fat, greasy stuff when cycling...what a non-starter!
Depends on the mileage. When I was a competitive cyclist I started out eating what most of us ate; lots of pizza and beer. Then I decided to eat better and ate low fat mostly veggies and whole grains and limiting myself to the occasional beer. My weight dropped percipitiously and people started to say I looked like I came out of a concentration camp. I started to do well on longer road races but I lacked the power I needed to accelerate out of every corner of criteriums. I simply couldn't keep up with my caloric needs without fatty foods. I started to feel weak and lethargic.
When I went back to my earlier post-ride meal of a whole large pizza and a pitcher of beer I started to ride and feel better.
Gosh I wish I still had the problem of having to get more calories. Now it seems like if I go over my target calories by a little I stop loosing weight.
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Good article. I find that I'm not hungry immediately after exercise, but when the hunger hits 2-3 hours later, it hits hard. I have a difficult time balancing calories in & calories out. I actually lost weight during my down times due to injury--I just wasn't as hungry and found myself eating less.
We had quite a bit of snow (yay!) over the Christmas break. Haven't been out on the bike yet, but got in lots of x-country skiing. Ran today and the roads are clear of ice & snow, and if that's still the case next weekend, I'll get the bike out. Having a blast with friends as we all ride on trainers Thursday evenings. It gets very competitive.
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Thanks for the great link. I agree with the "blunting of appetite". However, after a hard ride I develop a powerful thirst that only a good beer can quench! I would say, in general, exercise helps you control your appetite.
Also, when I am riding my bike the last thing I want on my stomach is a greasy hamburger and fries.
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I actually eat more when I'm cycling several times a week but for me it's a good thing. I tend to skip eating but when I'm riding a lot I need fuel to keep going. So I eat more but lose weight at the same time. I've been on a break since July due to an injury and have not gained anything but i've stopped losing. I finally got some colder weather gear so I'm going to get back out there. I miss all the good feelings I was getting from riding :)
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If I can get outside on my bicycle from March to November, that is pretty much the season.
Can you ride too much? Yes, you can if you don't pay attention to your body. You need to spend as much time off the bike stretching and doing strength work. The more you ride the more you need to work on stretching, lumbar, core, and a little upper body tone.
After about 45 years of doing a good amount of mile, 2500 to 13,000 you start to get the big picture. Some people ride to eat! In the 70's I knew people that would ride 100 miles twice a week so they could eat. Each off season they gained 50 lbs.
Stretching, cycling position can strengthen certain muscles and neglect others, do your core and lumbar work, as well as, stretching.
For me winter is regroup. Stretch, strength, aerobics (wave, elliptical, other, some spinning but very carefully) and as I get closer to March I change my routine. More reps less weight and no rest in between. I also get out the rollers and Computrainer, backing off on spinning.
Nice article. It depends on the type of cycling I do whether I'm ravenous or not after a ride. If I'm getting after it and really pushing then I'm starving and will eat a bit more. If I'm on a slow recovery ride I don't tend to get that hungry even during the ride.
You could probably change out cycling for any physical activity and get the same benefits. It's about moving your body and getting healthier no matter the activity.
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