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Old 07-21-06, 08:56 AM
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I have been thin all of my life and I've heard it all. Over the last few years, in addition to my cycling, I have been working very hard to add lean muscle. Diet and a focussed weight lifting routine have really paid off. I ride in excess of 12,000 miles a year and visit the gym 5 days a week. During the winter months I cocentrate on weight gain and tend to be 20 pounds heavier than I am during racing season. That said, I think it's fair for me to offer some advice.

First, don't be counting calories if you are just starting to increase physical activity. Eat a balanced diet with quality carbohydrates and adequate protein; ditching soda and other empty calories is a good start. Drink water all day. How much are you riding? Are you doing anything other than cycling? Do you have access to a gym? What are you hoping to accomplish? Set some goals to work towards.
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