Hello all. I have a question and wanted to get your opinion. I have been cycling to lose weight for about 5 months now. I have lost about 26 lbs! But a very funny thing happened. I got addicted to cycling! So now I ride all the time and a question has come up. I try to ride on an empty stomach in order to burn fat and not what I have ingested. I think this is pretty sound on short rides but what about longer (2+ hrs) rides? I definitely don't want to bonk so I have been thinking about using energy gels on longer rides. What affect if any will this have on my weight loss goals? My guess is not much as energy gels are only 100 calories but I guess I am wondering about glycemic index and insulin preventing the burning of fat and such. Am I worrying too much? Thanks for your advice.