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    I did my first full Century on Saturday. Ate normally Saturday evening. I got up Sunday morning starving! All day Sunday I'd eat, and about an hour later my stomach would be growling agn. Today is a bit better, but the need to eat is still creeping up on me. (I have been eating good stuff when feeding the cravings)

    Just wondering if anyone else has had this experience? Is it normal?

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    YES! i can't believe how much i ate after my first century. and when i'm in a long stretch of training it's the same way too. about every 2 hours or so i can eat again- it's amazing. sometimes it feel like a chore though.

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    Happens to me, too. I've done both my centuries on Sundays. I was hungry when I finished the rides, but didn't really feel like eating a whole lot. For the few days afterwards, I just couldn't keep up with the hunger either time! I even ate a Clif bar during my commute to work the day after my last century...

    It's a really weird mental shift as someone who has often struggled with weight and is still trying to lose weight.

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    Since I have been training 6 days a week, I also am starving. I have to eat every 2-2.5 hours or everyone at work can hear my stomach growl. I have learned low glycemic foods (bread, pasta, potatoes, rice) will sustain you longer than most foods and are better for your cycling as it stops your sugar spiking.
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    Ok. I feel better now. I'm not the only one.

    I wasn't all that hungry after the ride on Saturday either. However, they were grilling burgers and hotdogs so I did have a couple of the burgers and sports drink. I did keep hydrating that evening as well.

    As for the sugar spiking, I am diabetic so am very careful of the foods I choose anyway. I go for complex carbs every time.

    Thanks guys.

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    Denver, On your list. What are the #? Carbs, sugar?? I am not diabetic, but I do want to follow a better eating and not consume as much processed sugar.

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    Thanks for the info and links.

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    Dude, it's just your body's way of saying, "b1tch, if you want me to do that for you, then you better give me something in return!"

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    I was so glad to find this thread! I have been doing really big (for me) rides on weekends, and my appetite seems out of control. I was starting to worry!

    This past Sunday, I did a 60 mile trip on my mtn bike, and am still hungry! I seem to eat a normal amount and feel full, and then about an hour later, I can eat again, and about an hour after that, I HAVE to eat again. It is the strangest feeling, definitely inconvenient to say the least. I am trying to lose weight too, so it is hard to make myself eat enough to not get jittery.

    Anyway, I was glad to hear that I am not alone!

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    Well,

    Im trying as well to loose weight, Im Freaking STARVING!!!!!!! BUT, its hard cuz thats what made me overweight (5'10" 205) What the heck? Do I eat or NOT? Or just eat "good" food?

    Im in the south and was raised on meat and potatoes and beans etc. Its hard to eat good food when Im this hungry. Tonight sucked, this morning I got up with a nice Flat stomach, kinda had the "deflated" feeling, heck, even had my wedding ring to fall off in the shower, I used to have to use soap and pry it off lol.

    So I ate and ate and ate for supper. Bowl of Wendys Chili, Ham & Cheese on White bread, 2 bowls of Frosted Flakes an Apple and 3 16 oz bottles of Aquafina.

    Sheesh! an yes, Im working out too!

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    C Heath, I am losing weight slowly, and have changed over to a completely vegetarian diet, along with mostly organic foods. I know that the combination of that with the big rides that I have been doing are helping with the weight loss, but the hunger does drive you nuts doesn't it? It is definitely nice to know that I am not alone in feeling this way. I do find though that the hunger fades as the week progresses, and then by the time the weekend an another big ride comes along, I feel pretty much back to a normal eating schedule. Makes packing lunches for work interesting though! I feel like I bring an entire grocery store with me!!

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    well, my bike hasnt even come in yet. I've just been riding the hell out of my wifes Eliptical. I just started this "get healthy" thing about 2 weeks ago and I already see results but I am one of these want it yesterday people and want to be 175 in the morning but I have to be realistic. I've lost 6 pounds in that time frame but, tonight I feel like a freaking pig. I ate all that garbage for supper and I feel blown up like a blowfish. I like that thin feeling like when I just get up. I've stopped ALL SODAS, and have been watching moreso fat intake rather than carbs or calories. I just like feeling the empty look but not the empty feel.

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    Good for you giving up soda! That stuff is so bad. I am basically just trying to eat as much protein as I can along with complex carbs like beans and whole wheat breads. I am eating a ton of soy for my proteins along with nuts and the beans. I too gave up soda and all soft drinks. It was hard at first, but now I find that water is my best friend!

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    I am in the process of thinking seriously about moving back to vegetarianism and also eating only foods that are organic. When I was in Europe, it was so easy to drop the pounds- I rode when I felt like it, ate healthy, and still had my gelatos and cafe lattes, and I still came back lighter after 5 weeks. On the other hand, I ride hard at home, eat meat and could stand to eat a lot cleaner, and I find that I am having a difficult time losing weight!

    As far as feeling hungry, consider that maybe your body is telling you that you're deficient in something, and until you eat what it is your body is deficient in, you will continue to eat and eat. I teach a cycling class every Monday and Wednesday after class and one of the forum members came in and took my class once. He commented afterwards that I neglected to tell people to drink water, and when people are done and headed out, they may mistake the thirst pangs for hunger and eat, which would leave them thirsty (and therefore, more likely to continue to eat). It is true, and I hadn't even thought about that. Now, I make them drink a full water bottle during class and a full water bottle after class, then I tell them to decide after that if they're still hungry. And if they are, they'll at least not overeat, since they have all that water in them too!

    Not to say you probably were hungry, but maybe you should see what you ate and how often you ate it, and see if there's some electrolyte or mineral or something along those lines you may have neglected to eat and include it in your next century. Maybe you will prevent yourself from binging after the long rides. It will probably require you keep a food diary, which can be a pain to start with, but it does get easy to do over time.

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    [QUOTE=N7CZinMT]Ok. I feel better now. I'm not the only one.

    This sure makes me feel better too!!! I have been riding really hard this summer (250 miles per week) and I am hungry all the time. From the time I get finished riding until I go to bed I feel like all I do is eat, eat, eat,! There a level of insanity in this, at least, it feels like it at times! I just can not get over how much I eat in one day!

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    Im happy to report that its almost Midnite, I've peed about 4 times since my last post, took a #2 (lol) and my stomach has deflated back down and I feel better about what all I ate.

    Just had to share that!
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    I have gotten into the good habit of weighing myself every morning and tracking my weekly weight average. Therefore, when I have those days/weeks of eating and eating due to increase in exercise I can see the effect it is having on my body composition. I can say that over 7 months of regular 6 days per week training I have lost 7-8 pounds despite seemingly eating all the time (taking me down to 10% bf). Now, I was careful to eat low GI foods (complex carbs), lots of raw veggies, etc, not Coke or sugary cereal before bed. If I was not interested in losing weight I would add a meal replacement to my daily intake to try to stabilize my bodyweight. All that to say that you would probably still lose weight (fat) over time as long as it was exercise that was causing the hunger and that you tried to eat fairly "clean".

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    Thanks for the advice Koffee! I do keep a food log as part of my diabetic battle plan. They were serving grilled burgers at the finish line. I had 2 of them right after the ride. Over the next couple of days I did not binge. I stuck pretty close to my normal battle plan. Looking at the log, I did not consume much salt in the hours and days post ride. I keep a close eye on salt consumtion due to it's effects on blood pressure. (I don't have BP problems, its just preventative) So, looking things over, I think salt may have been what I was craving. My journal notes craving for potato chips, crackers, or bean soup. I also continued to hydrate at an elevated level for 24 hours post ride.

    So, what do you think, Koffee?

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    Quote Originally Posted by koffee brown
    I am in the process of thinking seriously about moving back to vegetarianism and also eating only foods that are organic. When I was in Europe, it was so easy to drop the pounds- I rode when I felt like it, ate healthy, and still had my gelatos and cafe lattes, and I still came back lighter after 5 weeks. On the other hand, I ride hard at home, eat meat and could stand to eat a lot cleaner, and I find that I am having a difficult time losing weight!

    Koffee

    I moved very slowly to vegetarianism. First I started exercising at the gym this past February, then I started shopping at my local coop more often to get fresher, more organic foods occasionally. Around June, I began biking more and eating even less meat, and then went totally veggie on August first. It was a natural progression that I think came from taking better care of my body physically, and moved to a more internalized need to take care of the rest nutritionally. (I even switched my cats over to an all natural cat food )

    I load up on good things like carrots, apples, pears, granola, and soy yogurt in my lunch box in the morning, and whenever I get that stab of hunger, I just grab one of those. I do bring a ton of food, but it is all pretty healthy, so the weight is going away. I wasn't consciously trying to lose weight at first, it just happened (happily so I might add ) Now, I am eating only when I am hungry, and not obsessing about calorie intake vs. output, and it seems to be working, so I will see where it goes. I am definitely feeling better physically than I ever have, so I must be doing something right!

    Best of luck to you if you do switch over to organic veggie. It can be a little tough for me when I smell something that I love, but it is worth it for how good it feels.

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    As part of a plan to reduce a few inches of waist fat, I've been trying to log calories in versus calories out. One side effect of this in the beginning was to move away from meats and cakes etc. But as I've been riding more, my calorie needs went up, right? But it seems like it just takes SO MUCH raw veggies and whole wheat bread/pasta to meet my daily requirement of calories.

    (Sometimes I'm too lazy to fix all the food, so I grab a good, thick dark beer to add some calories. )

    Also I've been trying to keep a daily caloric deficit of 400~600, but sometimes it's as much as 1000 (again too lazy to cook). Then I feel sluggish, and I swear it is retarding the weight loss.

    So Commuterkat, do you literally eat continuously all day? And how do you eat the veggies? I get tired of constantly chopping broccoli and slicing bell peppers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggy18

    So Commuterkat, do you literally eat continuously all day? And how do you eat the veggies? I get tired of constantly chopping broccoli and slicing bell peppers.
    Diggy, I do pretty much eat all day. I think that during the week, my calorie intake is greater than my output, but my weekend output is so huge, that there is no way to eat that much, so I make up for it during the week. It is a hassle to eat all the time. (Now there's a phrase I never thought I would utter in this lifetime ) I munch on organic, washed carrots that my local co-op sells all washed and ready to munch, along with lots of fruits and easy things like pea pods. I too am too lazy to cook most of the time, so I roll up some hummus and a veggie burger and a little cheese in a pita or a wrap and take it with me to work. I also toss at least 2 or 3 yogurts in my bag to have with me during the day too. We are lucky to get quite a few short breaks on most days at work, so I can snack a bunch. I have been getting laughed at lately though at the sheer volume that I have been eating.

    As for getting sick of chopping, don't do it. When I get fresh veggies, I wash them, and either toss them whole in my lunch bag, or just cut them in half, and then munch around the middles that get thrown out anyway. A pepper is just as good cut in half with the seeds dumped out as it is all sliced up pretty, and nothing says "I am a health nut" like crunching on a stalk of broccoli big enough to be a bouquet of flowers.

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    I started biking in the last year, mainly commuting, but now I ride after work as well, doing some training. When I started, I weighed 230 (I'm about 6'3"), which was technically bordering on the obese side-the most I've ever weighed. Now, I've dropped 30 lbs, and am trying to lose 30 more. I'd like to get down to 170, but it seems like I've plateaued a bit.

    The problem is that I find that I now eat all the time! And also the fact that one's body adjusts to the weight loss, becoming more efficient at energy output; therfore, you burn fewer calories as you work out, therefore, you have to increase either the intensity or frequency, etc. With regard to that, I've also discovered for me it's not good to ride practically every day--days off and recovery rides have become very important! Which is all find and good..

    The problem is that I calculated that I need to lose about 105,000 more calories!!! (3,500 calories per pound *30 lbs). I've got to figure out how to overcome the performance plateau, eat less and still maintain enough energy to ride more effectively and efficiently (not knowing much about anything, I used to ride on the biggest gear; now I've developed a faster cadence on the inner chain ring; I feel I go faster, but I don't feel as winded or tired as I used to; which is all fine and good..except I need to lose 105,000 calories!!

    Lots of stuff to sort out, but I definitely need to eat less!! The weird thing is, I was eating less until I really started training harder, and now I eat all the time; I have to learn how to eat less and still train as hard as I've been doing..

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    You know what, I've got the same problem with eating more as I ride more. I also feel like I hit a platuae (ah hell however you spell that) with weight loss. Added to the confusion I'm also trying to build a little upper body muscle. How do you know whether the hunger pangs are because your body *needs* the calories, or because it just *wants* to maintain the current weight?

    And for you vegitarians. Do you make a special point of adding fat to your diet?

    If I eat a non-fat meal with just veggies and pasta/bread for instance, man I'm hungry within a couple of hours. So sometimes I add some olive oil, or just eat some peanut butter, just to get some fat in my diet.

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    I am finally breaking my plateau. I have been cramming the miles but my appetite always goes up as well and I don't lose any weight. I started chewing gum to get rid of the snacky feeling and it seems to be working. I am losing about a pound a week. My friend pointed out that that is how a lot of smokers quite too. Guess I am addicted to eating . Anyway, seems to work for me. Also I avoid any meat but chicken (and even limit amounts on this) and usually opt for garden burgers due to cholesterol. I too have found my meat intake has gone way down since I started counting calories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggy18
    You know what, I've got the same problem with eating more as I ride more. I also feel like I hit a platuae (ah hell however you spell that) with weight loss. Added to the confusion I'm also trying to build a little upper body muscle. How do you know whether the hunger pangs are because your body *needs* the calories, or because it just *wants* to maintain the current weight?

    And for you vegitarians. Do you make a special point of adding fat to your diet?

    If I eat a non-fat meal with just veggies and pasta/bread for instance, man I'm hungry within a couple of hours. So sometimes I add some olive oil, or just eat some peanut butter, just to get some fat in my diet.
    I find that my body needs the extra calories, because if I ignore the hunger pangs, I get really woozy, really fast. When I wake up in the mornings, I have to eat right away, or else I just get downright cranky.

    As for the fats for veggies, I drink lots of soy milk, (not the low-fat variety), eat lots of nuts which add the good fats, and almost never buy low fat yogurt if I can help it. I think the lowfat trend is way overdone a lot of the time, and the fat keeps you feeling full longer, and it is mighty tasty.

    Paul, try Boca burgers. I like Gardenburgers, but Boca has more of a meat texture and taste. I really love them piled high with tomatoes and lettuce like a regular burger. Also, Morningstar Farms makes some really, really yummy meat substitutes like Chik-n nuggets that you would swear are chicken.

    I am glad this thread is going on, there are a lot of great ideas going around!

    Kat

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