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I have started cycling to and from the station for the past week, approximately 26km each day
One thing that i have noticed is that i’m eating ALOT more than usual!
I guess this is normal as the body is burning off energy, which then needs to be replaced.
Did you guys notice the same thing when you started cycling regualry?
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A good thing to do is to try eat foods which are more nourishing and better for you. More fruit, vegies, nuts and seeds. Less chips & choc.
A low GI breakfast (oats) usually carries me through to lunch. It gets harder after that, but I find that a couple of pieces of fruit in the mid-afternoon helps.
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It isn't uncommon for you to feel that your hungry when in fact a drink will suffice (apparently the signals to the brain for hunger and thirst are similar).
Particularly when I ride to work (36km each way), I try and drink heaps of water throughout the day which means I am visiting the little boys room every 45-60 mins and when I do it comes out looking like lemonade, not like lemon squash
That way on the ride home I feel great and usually eat a banana or similar about 30mins prior to the ride home for a bit of an energy boost.
More exercise will require more fuel for the body but as already advised, more nutritious foods are the key, not necessarily more food in size or weight.....particularly if weight loss is one of your objectives. Once you find the right balance you'll be fine.
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Re the protein, I'm not a big meat eater, but have heard people talk about protein shakes, & wonder if this might be a good option, anyone got the tip?
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Lizzy wrote:I swear to dog I'm actually getting fatter
might be related to
Lizzy wrote:Also keep getting busted with my hand in the biscuit jar no matter how much fruit / rice cakes / birdseed I try to distract myself with.
Sorry, just being silly as I'm in pretty much the same boat. I find that my weight has stayed the same, though I eat lunch at a cafe more often. On those weeks when I focus on what I'm eating, I shed the weight fairly quickly. I've always had a pretty decent metabolism but my appetite and sweet tooth is usually more than a match for it
Lizzy wrote:Re the protein, I'm not a big meat eater, but have heard people talk about protein shakes, & wonder if this might be a good option, anyone got the tip?
They do help, but beware that some contain an awful lot of carbs and will not help at all. Pure protein ones seem to be ok though they still require a lot of will power to keep the eating in check. I have one which is almost all protein that I used to use for gym recovery which is good, but it's still some 150-odd calories/600kj when made up - not a lot, but not so little as to be ignored.
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Ozkaban wrote:Lizzy wrote:I swear to dog I'm actually getting fatter
might be related toLizzy wrote:Also keep getting busted with my hand in the biscuit jar no matter how much fruit / rice cakes / birdseed I try to distract myself with.
Sorry, just being silly as I'm in pretty much the same boat.
Ha - yeah, pretty spot-on there I'd say! It's just that rotten early afternoon crash & crave, hence wondering if upping the protein might help address it ... but yeah, a little suspicious of the shakes idea due to sugar content etc.
Ozkaban wrote:... they still require a lot of will power to keep the eating in check.
Aha Cool, where can I buy some of that?
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If you need to eat more due to your cycling habit, then eat more carbs but good ones - rice, pasta, beans, lentils, whole grain bread. These are bulky and mostly long lasting. Its what you put with them that is the problem. So long as you keep all the cheesy oily, meaty type things out of it, then the meal should be low fat and low calorie. Beans are good because they are high in protein. But you don't want to just be getting all your protein from meat.
Maybe you need to increase your dinner size at night time so you've got more fuel in the tank come time to go riding.
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Being able to eat more is a small part of why I do ride because my mum cooks great food (ex-chef) and being a 70kg 6'1 15 year old the the nutritious food the better.
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KonaCommuter wrote:I’ve found that eating oats (with berries, banana and raisins.. NO MILK) for breakfast has made a huge difference. I’m not feeling hungry until smoko and even then the hunger isn’t in the famished category.
I need to eat first thing in the morning, and it needs to be high in carbohydrates. Muesli with soy milk works for me, ideally eaten around 30mins before exercising. This means on morning commutes I have breakfast around 0600. I'm certainly ready to eat again, although not completely ravenous by midday. Eat a decent lunch but don't usually have anything more in the afternoon before the ride home.
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