Yes, with that much exercise you do need to plan to eat nearly non-stop, it's just that you'll have to have the plan in place to eat the right things. Planning not to eat means you're only planning on delaying it. My feeling is that at this point, since you don't have an established routine already in place and in practice, doing all that exercise and then planning to use will power to just eat less is inviting disaster. My recommendation would be to dial back the riding for a while, get a good eating routine in place, then if you feel like it, ratchet up the miles and double down on the eating plan. Come up with a solid plan, stick to it, think longer term.
Ok, so I don't want to become the board's diet know-it-all or anything, but I did go through significant weight loss in 2004 (in Atlanta, actually -- lost 120lbs in about 8 months), a process that cost a good amount of money but taught me a lot. So if you don't mind some unsolicited advice, I would suggest that a more stable routine would work really well for you (and I suspect for a lot of posters here). Reading your posts it seems that you are the victim of your diet being taken wherever the wind may blow.
Jamming up on tons of exercise sends your appetite into the stratosphere, and in the absence of a solid diet plan you eat whatever may be in your environment. The danger is that you are easily able to eat far more calories than you can work off. Case in point, I bet I can fit 5000 or even 10,000 calories of food onto three normal-sized dinner plates. Now consider how much exercise it takes to work off 5000 calories.
When I lost all that weight in 2004 I was riding...a whopping 35 miles per week. That's it. Yet I consistently dropped 4.5lbs per week. I think the key for anyone struggling to reign in their diet should be routine...come up with a moderate riding schedule. Come up with a daily eating plan that you can stick to, that doesn't let you get hungry. Written, specific planning is key, and until your plan becomes routine that you know by heart, having it written down is really the only way to stick to it. I always considered my daily eating plan my "safe haven", and when I found myself getting really hungry I would almost literally run to it, stuff some food (from my plan) in my face and keep the hunger away. Plan on eating every 2 hours. In 2004, my co-workers joked that I was perpetually taking lunch at my desk, because I was always eating something. Think "high volume(or mass)/low calorie" -- it's an extremely effective diet.
So goals for the week:
Drink more water. Eat less. Eat a smaller breakfast - no bagels/bacon.
OK - let's see how I do..
I think a better plan would have specific actions, something like:
- Get carafe to keep water at desk, fill carafe every morning and at lunch. Get a designated water bottle not used for riding, that will be my constant companion.
- Eat a better
breakfast, not smaller: 1 cup yogurt, 1 fruit cup, 1 serving of oatmeal (the Weight Control stuff is my favorite). If you're still hungry, increase the volume. Bagels and bacon are two of the most calorie-dense foods I can think of, they shouldn't even be in thousand-mile-orbit of your eating plan.
- Menu for Monday: (literally write down what you plan to eat)
- Menu for Tuesday: (same)
- Menu for...
Tues Eve - Step Class
Wed Eve - combat or meet with friends
Friday - Gym/Bike 30 miles
Sat & Sun Bike 30 each day. (Save money - no charity ride. Read at the pool and relax....Just do not eat non-stop!)