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    People doing anerobic work - how much are you eating?

    I feel really crappy since yesterday - I haven't changed my sleeping or eating habits, but I started anerobic work yesterday. I couldn't shove pizza down my throat any faster right now - because I just feel completely drained, angry, and like getting into the fetal position.

    How are you guys changing your diets accordingly?
    Foods that help raise your pH? Just more carbs? Nothing at all?

    Should there be a need to increase my intake during my anerobic phase?

    For reference: 5'9, 68kg [I already lost 5 lbs from my aerobic phase the past two months]
    Daily intake: ~2000 - 2500 cal.

    Thanks

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    This could be alot of things, hydration, too much intense training, too much training overall ... I would guess, and it is just a guess, that your overall caloric intake at <2500 cal/day is a little low for a training diet, and your body is telling you to eat more.

    I'm about your size, even a little smaller, and when I keep track, I take in ~+/-3000 cal/day. But everyone is different so you might want to consider what you eat, when you eat especially relative to when you train, how often you eat, and how much. I like to use www.fitday.com to keep track of calories and really like the breakdown it gives for % of calories made up by carbs, fats, proteins and alcohol.

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    Of course we are all different, with different metabolisms, but I eat about 3500-4000 calories a day, more on race days. I'm 147 with 9% body fat right now. By April that should be around 145 with 8% BF. I've felt like you feel before, when I just feel like I could eat and eat and eat and never feel like I'm getting enough. When that happens I just go with it and eat. FWIW I eat very healthy, I don't really drink (maybe two or three beers a month), I'll have a piece of dark chocolate a couple of time a week but that's about it.

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    about 4000-5000 calories if I'm riding consistently(otherwise about 3500, basal is 2500), I'm at about 202lbs with 10-11ish% body fat. (I was 206 and 13% as tested, but I've lost weight and added muscle). I don't really change my diet based on aerobic/anaerobic, but I always end my rides with endurox and recently I've really tried to push the protein.

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    This year I've really tried to smarten up a bit. I'm trying to stay with nutrient rich foods, and increase my intake of complex carbohydrates. My body is really responding well. I usually take in some rolled oats or muesli in the morning with plain yoghurt and honey. For dinner I try to get some brown rice or brown rice pasta. And protein with every meal: you don't need a lot as an endurance athlete, but a little is necessary. I've also found a local bakery that makes muffins and cookies with spelt flour, so I do partake of that now and again as well.

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    I weigh 58 kgs, eat around 2000 calories every day. The number may change in the weekends due to drinking or too much chocolate.. Normally, I eat two big slices of bread in the morning, three if I've had a hard workout the day before, then four slices of bread for lunch and usually some pasta for carbs in the evening. A protein shake after excersice and then usually two slices of bread again or rolled oats and milk and a banana.
    It's important to drink water, especially on the trainer, 2 dl of water and up every 15 minutes is what I do on the trainer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stallionforce
    And protein with every meal: you don't need a lot as an endurance athlete, but a little is necessary.
    I was reading Friel's book(pg205) and the consensus from sports nutritionists/scientists is that endurance athletes need more protein than power athletes...as much as 1g per lean bodyweight per day. That's not easy to do. He also claims that a 1 hr criterium burns 30g of protein.
    Last edited by branman1986; 02-03-07 at 06:58 AM.

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    when i start anerobic work, i've found that using endurox as a recovery drink really helps. i also supplement with a protein drink about an 1 hour or so later. then i snack on almonds\raisens\etc. until lunch time.

    when i'm really doing hard workouts, i get crazy hungry throughout the day. no matter how much i eat, i'm always hungry about 1.5-2 hours later. i have to eat constantly throughout the day. it's annoying. even if i eat a huge meal for dinner, i'm extremely hungry when i wake up.

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    I went so hard so long a few weeks ago, when I got home, I sat on the bottom step with my head in my hands and tried not to cry for 10 minutes.. Then I woke up later, laying on the shower floor, sucking my thumb. After getting dressed, I had about 2500 calories, and went to bed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoothie104
    I went so hard so long a few weeks ago, when I got home, I sat on the bottom step with my head in my hands and tried not to cry for 10 minutes.. Then I woke up later, laying on the shower floor, sucking my thumb. After getting dressed, I had about 2500 calories, and went to bed
    Yeah that usually happens after a drunken cocaine high... you had some bad juju..

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