Question: I'm really in excellent shape, 5'6 and was 150lbs, trail run 10 miles 5 days a week and lift weights to keep toned another 3 or 4 days a week. Have abs and legs of steel! My problem is I recently started mountain biking and this added activity has me loosing weight like crazy. Over the past 2 months I've dropped down to 132 lbs and really hate it!! I'm burning muscle, no fat to burn; my body fat is 9%. I estimate I'm burning around 2000 to 2500 calories a day and consuming 2000 to 3000 calories a day maybe more, I should be maintaining not loosing. I only eat healthy foods, and lots of it. All I seem to be doing is eating, I'm eating so much I'm always feeling bloated and this is affecting my workouts.
Any suggestions on how or what to eat to gain weight yet not feel bloated?
Here's an example of a typical days workout & menu (I aim for at least 1 day a week off for recovery):
Workout: Morning 10 mile trail run, huge uphill sections. usually burn 1500+ calories.
Recovery (immediately following): 8oz water & whey, large bananna.
Breakfast: Huge bowl of Shredded Wheat w/lots of blueberries, almonds and walnuts mixed in with 2% milk. Glass of OJ. Bananna.
Snack: Fat free Yogurt w/fruit. Bananna, apple or other fruit. Granola bar.
Lunch: Love turkey hoagies & subs usually get 6" subs, Subway is great. Always on whole wheat. Large fruit cup.
Workout: 45 minute of weight training. Not sure of calorie burn.
Recovery (immediately following): 8oz water, whey & creatine.
Snack: Fruit of some sort. Large chocolate ice cream or milk shake - I love ice cream! Store bought smoothie.
Workout: Evening bike ride. Aim for 25 to 30 miles of really strenuous mountain biking. Try to maintain my heart rate in z3 & 4 for at least 2- 20 minute periods. Usually burn another 1500 to 2000 calories.
Recovery (immediately following): 8oz water & whey.
Supper: 3/4 pound lean steak, fish or chicken breast; baked potato; 1/2 lb asparagus or brocolli. Everything made on the charcoal barbecue grill. Large chocolate milk shake or ice cream.
Before bed snack: large bowl shredded wheat w/blueberries & 2% milk & bananna.
For hydration during the day I consume around 1/2 gallon Gatorade and 1/2 gallon water. I'm in the process of looking for a good blender so I can make my own smoothies. Within the next week I should be making them.
All this and I'm still loosing weight!!