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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 02-15-10, 03:16 PM   #1
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Dealing with Carb Cravings?

I have been losing weight for the last 7 months since I finished my masters' degree and got a job that allows me to be more active. Lately I've kicked the weight loss into high gear by starting to commute by bike. Right now while my body gets used to the trip the weight is really dropping off. I'm now lighter than I was when I began my masters'. However, when I get home I am having HUGE carb and protein (but especially carb) cravings and have been cleaning out the kitchen in the evenings. It hasn't stopped my weight loss, but I know that later on it might. My body is mostly pretty good at causing me to crave things I need (I get cravings for foods I don't even like), and I know that my consumption will go up with more intense exercise, but does anyone have any tips for dealing with the whole get home and just want to eat a loaf of bread thing?
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Old 02-15-10, 03:28 PM   #2
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Have you tried stocking up on some carbs before your biking and exercise, maybe afterwards you won't such a huge craving and a protein shake will fill your needs when you get back. Have you cut out carbs from your normal diet if so maybe adding some may help.

I know I keep my carb intake low but keep them in my diet.

Grats on the weight loss bro.

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Water. Lots of water. And go ahead and satisfy the protein cravings (cheese sticks are fairly easy to keep on hand).
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For what it's worth I hear chocolate milk is one of the best recovery foods out there. By carbs do you mean sugar (simple) or bread (complex)?
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My body is mostly pretty good at causing me to crave things I need (I get cravings for foods I don't even like), and I know that my consumption will go up with more intense exercise, but does anyone have any tips for dealing with the whole get home and just want to eat a loaf of bread thing?
Eat food with a lower glycemic index (e.g. not bread). Eat more protein and fat.

Are you diabetic or do you have hypoglycemia? I'm an insulin-dependent diabetic. When I get done with a big ride, my body wants protein. When my body craves carbs, it's generally because my blood sugar is low. YMMV...
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I know if I don't eat enough during the day, I tend to eat more in the evening. Two other things I try is plenty of water and eating something and then taking a shower or doing something for a few mintues to give my body the chance to feel full. Doesn't always work. I sometimes find after a real intense ride I'm not hungry.
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I suffer from the same thing. I find a handful of raw almonds tends to satisfy those cravings nicely. I know they aren't really a "carb-rich" food, but they have protein, which takes longer to digest, and that seems to work for me. True, they have fat, but it's one of those "good fats" so I don't worry about it...
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Eat food with a lower glycemic index (e.g. not bread). Eat more protein and fat.

Are you diabetic or do you have hypoglycemia? I'm an insulin-dependent diabetic. When I get done with a big ride, my body wants protein. When my body craves carbs, it's generally because my blood sugar is low. YMMV...
I am diabetic, but marginally so (half an hour of walking each day keeps my A1C in check, and I have never had any sort of problem with LOW blood sugar.

I just seem to crave any sort of carb I can lay my hands on from whole wheat pasta to a chocolate bar.

Cosmo, thanks for the suggestion, I love nuts and they do usually kill cravings for me (not to mention all the good fats in almonds), I just almost never think of them, time for a Costco run!
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COSTCO is a good source for cyclists. They stock EAS Protein powder, nuts and dried fruit. The dried pears and mangos held me fight the carb and sugar battles.
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