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Old 10-22-08, 05:03 PM
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Hungry?

I know that this probably belongs in the Training/Nutrition forum, but I wanted to ask here to see what others experience (and get more responses).

Every time that I ride, I get very hungry. This would be fine, except that it happens when I'm on the saddle longer than 30 minutes. I usually get hunger pangs if I'm doing SST or intervals, but I sometimes get them if I l'm doing easy work.

Does anyone else experience this?

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Old 10-22-08, 05:05 PM
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I like to eat when i'm hungry
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Are you starting on an empty stomach? You have to fuel the machine.
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yeah, definitely. when i'm riding a lot i get so hungry it almost feels like an emergency. i find the constant eating to be one of the most expensive and annoying things about cycling.
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I almost never get hungry while I ride. I can get pretty hungry later if I was working hard, but if I was just cruising then I don't need to eat toooooooooo much... although for me recently most light active days are about 2000-2500 calories.
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I found myself feeling hungry a lot during races this year. But I typically only feel hungry during rides when some b@stard starts talking about food.
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^^

Someone had to say it.

Example: This morning, I ate a bowl of Cheerios and two slices of multi-grain bread before leaving the apt about 30 minutes afterward. I drank a sip or two of water mixed with HEED, and off I went.

My first leg, a 10 mile ride into Penn Station, was SST today (160-165 bpm). I failed at that for a few reasons, but when I got to Secaucus station 20 mins later, I started feeling weird (I always get hungry at this point).

Held off until I got off the next train 30 minutes later, but had to have half of a Hammer bar. Some days, I eat a Powerbar Grain Bar (forgot the name).

Doesn't matter how light or heavy I eat, I will felel hingry in that order...
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
I almost never get hungry while I ride. I can get pretty hungry later if I was working hard, but if I was just cruising then I don't need to eat toooooooooo much... although for me recently most light active days are about 2000-2500 calories.
How many calories do you consume on harder days?
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i'd eat more for b'fast if i was you.
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How many calories do you consume on harder days?
I wasn't keeping track until recently but 4,000-6,000 would not be too difficult. Looks like I ate about 3,300 each yesterday and Monday. I did about 2,300 kj of "work" yesterday, according to my power meter. Most of it was mid-aerobic effort so as not to make me too hungry, but I did a "hammer" ride at lunch and although the average power was not that high, it included periods of intense effort which ended up making me hungry and I ate about 1,000 of those calories between dinner and the morning.

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Not while I am riding, in fact I don't carry/buy much solid food on a ride. But after I am always very hungry.
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While I can't brag and say I eat 5000 calories on a hard day, I generally haven't been hungry on rides unless I'm out for over an hour, and it's actually not usually 'til I've been gone 90mins or more. I agree more for breakfast might be better, but might need more info about when you're doing your rides. I only have major problems with hunger if I haven't eaten properly and then try to do a major ride. Like someone else said, you've got to feed the beast before you can expect it to work for you. Well, they didn't say that much, but at least the feed the beast part.
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I don't care how much cheerios you eat. You will be hungry in an hour. I learned this in high school, get some protein for breakfast.
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I don't care how much cheerios you eat. You will be hungry in an hour. I learned this in high school, get some protein for breakfast.
Yeah, what he said.
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It would be nice to ride so much that i dont have to watch what i eat so closely and still drop the weight. Definatly need to step it up.
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It would be nice to ride so much that i dont have to watch what i eat so closely and still drop the weight. Definatly need to step it up.
When you step it up, what fuel will your motor use?
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Well obviously i'd be eating more but wouldn't riding more and eating more roughly equal riding less and eating less?
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Well obviously i'd be eating more but wouldn't riding more and eating more roughly equal riding less and eating less?
No. If that was true then not riding and not eating would win you the Tour de France instead of a dirt nap.
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30 minutes into a ride and you are hungry? Is reefer involved?
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So far today...

Triple helping of oatmeal for breakfast with two slices of buttered toast with cinnamon and sugar, and a glass of milk.

Ate two 300 plus calorie protein bars before and after lunch.

Had chili and garlic toast for lunch.

Now having a triple burger with the works with a side of onion rings.

I will probably make a bowl of popcorn when I get home and put back a big bowl of cheerios before bed.

I call this the bike courier diet.
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in 2006 i tracked every calorie i ate and expended. at the end of the year my average intake was 3000 calories a day. i dropped 70 pounds that year. if you are working hard you need to eat. sometimes i feel like i am eating nonstop, but that is one reason i ride and run and play hard ! later.
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I don't care how much cheerios you eat. You will be hungry in an hour. I learned this in high school, get some protein for breakfast.
This is the solution. End of thread.
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in 2006 i tracked every calorie i ate and expended. at the end of the year my average intake was 3000 calories a day. i dropped 70 pounds that year. if you are working hard you need to eat. sometimes i feel like i am eating nonstop, but that is one reason i ride and run and play hard ! later.
In the words of my sister, "I do it so I can eat more cookies." Actually, there just comes a point that your metabolism jumps or spikes and you just plain have to eat more. Or maybe you can try more often, instead of the traditional three meals a day.
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Originally Posted by mattm View Post
i'd eat more for b'fast if i was you.
I split my breakfast into two. I eat something light right when I wake up at 5AM, like a protein shake with bread, or cereal with bread. I eat a Harvest Powerbar at or after 7AM, then I eat a slightly larger breakfast (oatmeal with eggwhites, cheese and turkey) when I get in at 9AM.

The way that I used to do it was that I would eat a bigger breakfast when I woke up (the eggwhite omelet mentioned above with waffles, oatmeal or bread) and then eat when I got into the office. The only problem was that a) I wasn't giving my body enough time to really digest that kind of breakfast, since I would leave a few minutes after eating it, and b) I still got hungry during my rides.
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