Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Dancing in Lansing
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What kind of training are you doing? How much time, how many miles and how fast? How often are you riding? To figure it out, you need to first define your goals. It sounds like you have 2 goals: Lose weight and be fit enough to finish a 150 mile ride. Of course you can do both, but the question is do you have enough time before the charity ride? It is possible to train a lot and lose weight at the same time, but you probably shouldn't try to set any speed records yet. "Slow and steady wins the race." I've lost 40 pounds in the last year while riding an average of 90 minutes a day. But of course you want to ride much more than that, so it will be harder than what I've done.
To lose weight, you have to ride a lot and you have to eat a little less. That means you will have to be very careful about the quality of the food you eat. Make every bite count with nutritious food. Also watch the timing of your meals. Pigging out with a single high fat meal is very bad.
Here's what I do: Eat a big breakfast of whole grains and fruit and skim milk or yogurt. Right after your big ride, eat a good meal of carbohydrates (like oatmeal, bread, rice, pasta) and lean protein (like chicken, fish, eggs, lowfat cottage cheese). Eat until you're just starting to feel full, then stop. In the evening, eat a light supper. If you get hungry eat salad and vegetables with very little dressing or butter. If you must eat dessert, eat only a normal serving, like one cookie or one scoop of ice cream. Weigh yourself every week to see how you're doing. You probably shouldn't lose more than 1 pound a week (average) while you're training. (That's just a guess--I really don't know for sure.)
I recommend that you not eat on the bike unless you are riding for more than 90 minutes. Energy bars and drinks have a lot of calories, and you don't need the extra calories unless you are on a long ride. When you are doing longer rides, there are a lot of threads here about the food and supplements you should use before, during and after the ride.