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Old 06-14-09, 03:09 AM   #1
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Always hungry while riding after work, what should I do???

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I am hoping any bike rider can help me with this problem. I am having problem riding bike and feeling hungry. I have already tried to consume power bar before, but it's not really working. I usually ride bike at 5-6pm before dinner, and have pushed my lunch to 2-3pm. Yet, I am still facing problem with hungry stomach while riding. I usually ride an hour after work, but sometimes i have to cut it short because I feel hungry. Can any please give me advice what I should do? I don't want to have a full meal because I might not be able to ride long, but then I don't want to be hungry. Please let me know what i can do. Thanks
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Old 06-14-09, 05:36 AM   #2
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Have a diabetic friend test your blood sugar with a glucometer. If it is really low (>80) that may be the concern.

Simple carbohydrates (processed white stuff) can cause problems. They digest really quicky, and initiate lots of insulin production. Overproduction of insulin causes your body to crave more carbs. Evaluate your lunch consumption for complex carbs and protiens,stuff closer to natural foods, less processed. (Now I've done it. I bet I get FLAMED for my non-medical explanation.)

Remember, in an hour you may easily burn more than 1000 calories.
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Eat lunch at your preferred time. Have a snack shortly before riding, perhaps a protein bar.

That's just a guess since you didn't include much detail about your situation...
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I don't see why a protein bar before riding would be especially useful. The basic rules are that carbs are fuel and protein is for repairing muscle after exercise.

You don't say what you're having for lunch. Try to make sure that it is mostly "long-burn" carbs - eg wholemeal pasta. Fast carbs like sugar and white flour metabolize too quickly, mess up your blood sugar, and leave you feel hungry very quickly. When I was a San Francisco bike courier, my friends and I could run all day on a breakfast of wholemeal flour pancakes and a pasta dinner, with just a sandwich for lunch. And a LOT of water, of course.

It's hard to beat a banana for a pre-ride boost.

Getting your blood sugar checked might be a good idea though.

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http://www.bottombracket.co.uk/cycling-nutrition.html
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It could be diabetes? That is scary because I have diabetic run in my family. I wondered if I should check my glucose after riding or at anytime?

I usually have 1 1/2 bowl of rice for lunch with 3 pieces of chicken wing, some vegetable, and tofu. At night, I eat pretty much the same thing for my dinner. I changed my diet from having 2 bowl of rice to now 1 1/4 bowl because I want to lose weigh and be more tone from working out. Thanks
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Borrow a glucometer from a diabetic friend... Check your blood sugar... as soon as you wake up, before each meal, and 2 hours after the meal, just before you go to bed, before you ride, and afterwards. If it is a long ride, check it during the ride. Blood sugar does some really weird things, like increasing while you sleep (your liver produces sugar when your body needs it) If you see things out of the 80-120 range get actual medical advice, not mine.

bowl of rice how many grams of carbs is that? White processed rice?
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If you are not too fat, just eat more.

If you are too fat, you will have to learn to live with the uncomfortable feelings of hunger.

If diabetes runs in your family, it's probably best to get an annual physical exam. The doctor will check glucose levels in your blood when you get the physical. AFAIK, nobody on this forum has a medical degree.
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Thanks a lot for your help. I will consult with my doctor and get an advice from him. Thanks again
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how bout some oatmeal? Even just a little bit of oatmeal helps ease off the hunger pains a lot for me.
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Eating more meals spaced evenly throughout the day might also help you. I currently do breakfast in the morning which consists of cereal, OJ and a hard-boiled egg, I have a snack of some sort of oatmeal/peanut bar before lunch, for lunch I'll have something like a sub or PB&J, tuna-salad, etc to get some good carbs, but also something with some meat and protein. Then I'll have another bar after lunch and then before I ride, I'll start working on my ride drinks and possibly another bar such as a Snicker's Marathon at least 30 minutes before. If you have a strategy like this and you are still hungry, definitely check yourself out for blood sugar.
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