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Old 04-09-13, 10:12 PM   #1
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Appetite Increasing

It seems the more I ride, the hungrier I get. I feel I could eat all the time. I go on 30-40 mile rides several times per week, with hills on my Hybrid Sirrus Elite Disc. I've probably gained 5 lbs in the last 6 months to 205lbs. It feels like when I was a swimmer in high school and ate a big meal after practices. Is this normal for a 64 yr old?

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Old 04-09-13, 10:22 PM   #2
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I ride 500km a week and find I eat twice as much and still main
tain a stable weight. More energy out needs to be balanced by more on.
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Old 04-09-13, 10:26 PM   #3
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Is that 500km a week come from dodging bullets coming from Kim Il Nun?
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Nah.. they are all hot air. 12 years and the same empty threats every year.
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The more energy you expend, the more you want to eat to replace that energy. If you exercise, you can also gain muscle mass. So unless you are able to cut down on the amount of food you eat, relative to how much energy you expend, you aren't going to lose weight through exercise.

Think of the phrase, "I'm working up an appetite."
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I'm experiencing the same thing myself and it find it very disturbing. i was doing fine when i was running (bcos for me somehow running acts as a natural appetite suppressant) but after a foot injury i started cycling more and altho i hv hit 100km and higher, and i hv tried to match the same level of intensity to that of my running, i still end up hungry. i wonder why?
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Try eating apples. Apples are relatively low cal and filling. Better to eat a couple of apples than a burger or other junk. Also, chewing sugar free gum is another way to help not eat. But, make sure you are eating. You need to eat. Don't think, "Okay, I just burned off 1000 calories and I'll make sure I only eat the 1800 calories that I'd need maintain weight without cycling." You need to eat some of those lost calories.

Bananas are good too, but not quite as filling as an apple--but bananas have some needed potassium. Make a fruit salad with an apple, a banana, and a few grapes, strawberries, or blueberries.
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I've always found I can eat enought to offset any amount of riding I do. When I avoid sugar, gluten, eggs, dairy, and focus on fish, lean red meats, fruits and vegetables, I do much better at feeling satiated without putting on the weight.
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I'm wondering if my artificial sweetener (Splenda) in my coffee every morning is what's causing my appetite increase as well. They are known to do this.
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So what's the problem?

If weight loss is one of your objectives then eating to compensate for the calories lost is a problem. I don't have this situation but one thing I do is eat while on long rides. Rarely get to the end of a ride feeling hungry but weight gain does depend on what I eat on the ride. Expend 1.000 cals and eat 1500 on the ride and then have a big meal afterwards and I WILL gain weight.

But a 2 hour ride and I rarely eat. May have an energy drink in the bottle and carry a gel for emergency but that is all. I have breakfast before hand that is high in carbs but not a big one. Lunch will be something light but Evening meal is something substantial.
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It seems the more I ride, the hungrier I get. I feel I could eat all the time. ....... Is this normal for a 64 yr old? Lars
Same for me @ 62. An hour after a long ride I consume waaay too many calories.
When the schedule & weather cooperate I try to split 1 long ride into shorter morning and evening rides.
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Amazingly my appetite has subsided! I think I was just overcompensating subconsciously for the increase of cycling activity. Whew! I ran across some interesting research on exercise, fasting and eating on two videos on the www.PBS.org website with Michael Mosely, a journalist and physician from London. Each video is an hour and streamed. Sound isn't synched perfectly but acceptable.

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