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When to eat after riding

Old 09-07-08, 05:29 PM
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When to eat after riding

I am looking to continue losing weight and was wondering whether there's been any research on when to eat after a ride to maximize fat reduction.

Any thoughts on this?
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Old 09-07-08, 05:36 PM
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The "Body For Life" plan recommends exercising on an empty stomach (so that your body uses stored fat for energy instead of the carbohydrates from food), and then eating something that has protein, complex carbohydrates, and not much fat afterwards. The protein is important to help the body build up muscles that have been challenged by the workout. However, this plan is based on very short, intense workouts rather than the more extended periods you tend to get in cycling.
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If you're riding less than 2 hours (unless, perhaps, it is a really intense ride), you don't really need to eat anything in addition to what you would normally eat.
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I don't diet. I burn 4000 calories a day. However, I do budget and I ride multiple centuries every year.

I've found I don't really have an appetite for a couple of hours after a big ride. However, if I meet a friend for lunch anyway, it will prematurely kick start my appetite. Once started, I will eat myself out of house and home with a single 3000 calorie meal.

I therefore try to stick to a basic recovery drink and wait for my appetite to come around the usual two hours later. I find I eat much less and still feel satisfied.
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