With all the conflicting advice on these boards, how is one to know what's right in training and nutrition? Eat carbs-- no need to eat carbs; take supplements-- no need to supplement; take whey protein-- don't need whey protein........work out with weights---don't work out with weights........
Maybe I am just not getting it! I did the Atkins diet before I found cycling last Fall. I lost 40#. I added carbs into my diet "to stay on the bike longer" and I've put some of the weight back on. So, now I am doing the South Beach diet. My body just doesn't metabolize carbs the way everyone elses does. Maybe it's a male/female thing? I can't eat a diet of 40% carbs! I'll gain back everything I've lost and then some if I do that.
I want to be able to ride long distances, I want to improve my speed, but I DON'T want to gain back weight. I find that just cycling 3-4 times a week for an hour isn't enough to keep the weight off. I have to add other things like resistance weights and walking/jogging AND keep the carbs down. If I know I am going to ride for an hour or so, I can eat a carb rich meal (only what South Beach allows, though!) If I know I'm not going to ride, I don't eat many carbs that day. The problem is, I prepare for the ride, it rains or I end up having to work late and I have consumed the carbs, but don't burn them off!
I am F-R-U-S-T-R-A-T-E-D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!