Eating for recovery and weight loss
July 2007 - Weighed in at 268 lbs (6'1")
July 2012 - Weighed in at 214 lbs (still 6'1")
(Right now paying for the holidays at 224)
So I've been able to drop some weight, but for the past 2 years I've been kinda stuck.
I'm good for a couple hundred miles a month most months on the road averaging ~15 mph, do organized spinning sessions a couple times a week during the dark months.
It's pretty clear your body adjusts to this and you need to keep adjusting your calories in/calories out but I'm about to get meself to a dietician to better manage my habits.
One thing specifically I'd like to know is how to optimize the calorie burning effect of exercise immediately following the exercise. Por ejemplo, I go out for an hour and a half, or two or even three hours eating a Clif Builder bar to ward off The Bonk. Then what? We know we continue to burn calories for up to an hour after exercise like this, and we also know (or at least my doctor tells me, and I read it on the interwebs) the body needs a protein/carb to facilitate this and to keep the body from feeding off itself to recover.
Or do we?
Trained athletes with less to spare may need that after exercise to keep from breaking down muscle tissue for recovery fuel, but do I with a BMI just south of obese need to worry about this? Would the body not feed off fat reserves for this?
I know most of us aren't professionals in athletic diets, but I wonder if anyone has addressed this themselves. How do we feed athletic recovery and still lose weight?