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Old 07-03-07, 06:55 PM   #1
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Low carb Century riders?

Are there any low carb lifestyle Century riders in this forum?

I would like to get some insight into some experiences of low carb nutrition before, during, and after the ride.



Background info on myself: I switched to a low carb lifestyle 4 years ago and lost 50lbs. I am 43 years old and I am 6'4" and maintain 190 +/- 5 lbs. I have done a few long distance rides in the past prior to switching my eating habits and I would like to start doing them again, but I would like to do it without switching to carbs. I currently ride my mountain bike (Trek 820) on 35 mile rides with plenty of energy.
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Old 07-03-07, 08:02 PM   #2
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Man I'm sorry but eating steak for every meal is not a lifestyle it is a diet.
life·style –noun the habits, attitudes, tastes, moral standards, economic level, etc., that together constitute the mode of living of an individual or group.
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Old 07-03-07, 10:13 PM   #3
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Man I'm sorry but eating steak for every meal is not a lifestyle it is a diet.
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+1

Here is my experience with centuries, I would do fine for the first 60 miles, eating snacks and stuff about every hour. Then it would be luch time, or breakfast if I went crazy early, and it was downhill from there, at mile 75 I was crawling along sore and low on energy, then usually I would pick back up and feel better for the last 10-15 miles.

What does this have to do with low carb diets? I don't know.
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I've got a friend who developed diabetes and went relatively low carb and started riding his bike. He lost a ton of weight. His carb intake is limited when he's off the bike ( think south beach, not atkins ) and the diabetes is basically gone now.

However, when he does seriously long rides, he's been known to drink sodas.

You should definitely build up the miles and experiment with different fueling techniques along the way. Maybe something like endurox, accelerade or perpetum would do the trick for you. They're endurance drinks which do have carbs and protein. You'll burn those off on the ride and recovery, so weight gain wouldn't be an issue. Report back if you get something working for you. You might also get some good responses on Training & Nutrition forum.

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I typically avoid carbs on a day to day basis but all bets are off on centuries or other longer rides. I drink energy drinks, eat gels, rest stop food, etc without hesitation, and I find this keeps my energy level up throughout the day. Can you keep the same energy level without carbs? Maybe, I don't know, but as long as you end up a century with a caloric deficit (which you will unless you really pig out) I don't see how the short term ingestion of carbs will hurt your diet in the long run.
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Thanks for the replies.

I will continue to experiment with different fueling techniques as I increase my distances. I am not familiar with endurox, accelerade or perpetum so I will look into them.

I want to find out if I can maintain a lengthy energy output without switching to a fuel source primarily of simple carbs. I do eat a fair amount of carbs, just from complex types and in a lower proportion to my protien and fat intake.
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They are Maltodextrin base and give a longer sustain on burn time ands don't stimulate an insulin spike. That's their chief advantage.

You do need some carbs when on a long ride.
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I really like accelerade as a sports drink for long rides, the lack of simpler sugars keeps it from making me sick to my stomach, and I think the protein helps keep me feeling better as well. Keep in mind that endurox (made by the same company) is really intended to be used as a recovery drink post ride, it'd be awfully heavy to drink on the ride.

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I really like accelerade as a sports drink for long rides, the lack of simpler sugars keeps it from making me sick to my stomach, and I think the protein helps keep me feeling better as well. Keep in mind that endurox (made by the same company) is really intended to be used as a recovery drink post ride, it'd be awfully heavy to drink on the ride.

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The sick feeling is what I want to avoid. My body has gotten so used to not getting strong doses of simple sugars that when it happens I feel ill. Normally when I take in some simple sugars I ensure I have some protien/fat in my stomach which seems to keep it under control and seems to block some of the absobtion. I also want to be able to get sodium, magnesium and potassium into my system without a bunch of sugar. Where do you buy these sports drinks?

About 20 years ago I used to weight train and I maintained a low fat diet. I would have the same problem back then if I came across something fatty.
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I'd experiment with some of the protein/carb drink mixes.

I understand your reluctance to go the carb-lite/free route day-to-day, but there is no way I'd consider doing that on a long ride, especially a century. If it helps you get over the mental hurdle, the carbs you'd eat would get expended almost entirely during your ride. Stay towards the long burning complex carbs and you will thank yourself.
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You need carbs on a century ride to have enough fuel. You could pass out from not having enough.
Don't worry about gaining weight from eating carbs on a century ride.
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The sick feeling is what I want to avoid. My body has gotten so used to not getting strong doses of simple sugars that when it happens I feel ill. Normally when I take in some simple sugars I ensure I have some protien/fat in my stomach which seems to keep it under control and seems to block some of the absobtion. I also want to be able to get sodium, magnesium and potassium into my system without a bunch of sugar. Where do you buy these sports drinks?

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I avoid carbs too and get sick when I eat simple refined junk or no fiber breads...

fresh fruit does not bother me. as for getting a miniral hit without all the suger try using NUUN tablets in your water (works like alka seltzer )or camelback ELIXER , both will deliver potassium, magnesium, sodim... without suger , it does have a small bit of sorbitol to make it taste better.

I like the NUUN .

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Thanks all. The assistance is appreciated.

John, the NUUN sports drink looks to be the thing for me. I placed an order for all of their flavors. I can then add in carbs via fruits etc. instead of simple sugars during long rides. I will experiment with the carbs as I build up the miles to see what works best for me. I also play hockey and I am excited about using the NUUN tablets it in my water bottle for that as well.
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