Training & Nutrition - Help?
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Hi! I'm a pretty new cyclist and I don't know a lot about it but I enjoy it. I ride about 6 hours per week, which I know isn't that much... but my question is, how can I stop weight loss from cycling? I know its a strange question, but I'm 5'7" and I only weighed 115 when I started and in about four weeks I have lost 10 pounds. I eat as much as I am hungry for but apperantly it is not enough... here is what I might eat in a day: oatmeal with soy nuts for breakfast, a peabutter sandwich and carrots for lunch, a frozen dinner for dinner and maybe more oatmeal before bed. I am also very active in other sports including about 8 hours a week playing hockey, and I walk tons. anyway, if anyone could share some tips for maintaining your weight that would be awesome! thank you all in advance.
10-24-06, 04:42 PM
Riding 6 hours a week would burn about 4000 Calories. To maintain your current weight, you need to add 600 Calories per day to your diet.
I get enough calories by eating some extra pasta at dinner, in addition to my meal. I may also have something to eat right before bed.
10-25-06, 08:18 AM
Wow, that isn't much food. Like Terry said....eat more
10-25-06, 10:40 AM
Im pretty skinny and can lose weight by blinking. I find that you have to pay attention to the quality of food as well as quantity. Frozen or ready prepared meals seem to be lacking in some way, too many additives, not enough food. I prefer to have more protein and less carb than your current diet.
Try working out some real meals that you can cook in 20mins , eg grilled fish with rice, steak and potatoes, seafood pasta, chicken stirfry and noodles.
If you can cook some stews you can freeze portions for later use.
Oil and fat is a good way to increase calories. I know we are suposed to be anti-fat these days but the cholesterol police are working on obscelete data. It is the quality of the fats that is important. Olive oil is good for you, processed transfats (as found in processed food) are bad. Even duck fat-rich food has no particular ill effects when consumed with a glass of red wine.
Thanks for all the advice... I forgot about teh chocolate bar I also usually eat during the day - bad, I know. So more protein, eh? And also, someone told me that eating bananas and milk would help... is that true?
10-25-06, 03:42 PM
Check out some book on sports nutrition. The nutritional requirements of athletes are different from sedintary people. You need to be taking in good quality protiens and complex carbs, eating five or six meals a day.
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