First off let me tell you a little about myself. Over the past 3 years or so my weight has fallen from 275 to my current weight of 195 (I'm 6' tall). I have been as low as 180 but have put on a few pounds since last summer. I did this all on a low-carb diet (Atkins) with no exercise. I was not always faithful to the diet but have managed to keep most of the weight off.
In Jan. of this year I started biking and really enjoy exercising for the first time. I know the Atkins diet is probably not the best diet and I'm not here to debate all that....but it did work very well for me. I am wanting to move to more of a well balanced diet (lean meats, whole grains and unprocessed foods) that combined with the riding will help me loss the last few pounds and give me a good direction for eating for the rest of my life.
I have been reading old post from this (T & N) forum and there is a lot of good information but some of it is over my head. Do any of you have suggestions for a book detailing a training and nutrition program that I could get that would help give me some direction. Basically I want to build muscle and lose fat. I want to ride my bike and enjoy life to the fullest. I know I need to make some changes in my diet but sort of confussed by all the different programs/recovery drinks/protein powders/ect..ect. Suggestions on a good place to start?