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Old 10-31-08, 07:41 PM
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Milk and Cycling

I work in a coffee shop, so it's fairly difficult to resist not only getting drinks on a regular basis but also going whole hog and getting a large one. I'm not a chocolate fiend or anything, I just find steamed whole milk to be a wonder of the world.

I drink a 20 oz latté 3-4 days/week. I'm sure there's a lot of calories in said drink being as that it's primarily milk. Should I stick to just decaf coffee or is there no problem?

Oh yeah and I eat pretty healthy as well. Mainly lean meats like chicken, pork and fish. Wheat is the only kind of bread I'll eat and complex carbs I find tasty. Veggies, fruits, water etc.

And Marmite Sandwiches
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Old 10-31-08, 08:25 PM
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If you're of healthy weight and bike a good amount, you're probably fine. There's 5 grams of sat. fat in 8 oz. of whole milk, but without knowing the exact amount in a 20 oz latte, it's hard to tell. Even if it's something like 10g total, you're probably fine because like you said, you do eat mainly lean meats, and you exercise regularly. I think you're good.
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Old 10-31-08, 10:58 PM
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I wouldn't worry about it. Sounds like you are eating healthy in the rest of your life. Everybody needs to have some vice and a good coffee drink a few times a week is not all that bad. If you are worried about the cals/fat, make it with part whole milk/part 2%.

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Should I stick to just decaf coffee or is there no problem?
Caffeine is a performance enhancer.
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Old 11-03-08, 01:25 PM
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If the rest of your diet's good, you're fine. For the record, I've drank at least one latte (no syrup, though) every weekday, usually no more than two, and my performance or weight have been affected by it.

I hear that pork might be an issue though. Can anyone correct me on that?
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Pork as a whole is not bad. Like any meat, some cuts are leaner than others. Just like the breeding that's been done with chickens to increase breast size, pigs have been bred to have somewhat leaner meat in the loins. Trim your fat off(I prefer after cooking) and enjoy.

But that heavenly goodness that is bacon...probably best to stay away from.
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A fairly recent study found that chocolate milk was a better recovery drink than Gatorade, etc or Endurox

In the study, nine male cyclists rode until their muscles were depleted of energy, then rested four hours and biked again until exhaustion. During the rest period, the cyclists drank low-fat chocolate milk, Gatorade, or Endurox R4. During a second round of exercise, the cyclists who drank the chocolate milk were able to bike about 50% longer than those who drank Endurox, and about as long as those who drank the Gatorade.

The findings suggest that chocolate milk has an optimal ratio of carbohydrates to protein to help refuel tired muscles, researcher Joel M. Stager, PhD, Indiana University kinesiology professor, tells WebMD.

So drink it after riding.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/...n1342839.shtml
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