Cycling Calories

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    May 29, 2008 3:38 AM GMT
    Hey, I was wondering who all does this? I've been on a weight loss diet and exercise plan. I eat 6 meals a day about 290 calories each, and on days I workout I add 400 calories of carbs to my post-workout meal.

    Sometimes 700 calories feels like a lot. I'm losing weight, but I just wanted some reaffirmation that I'm doing the right thing with this whole cycling calories business.
  • Squarejaw

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    May 29, 2008 8:08 AM GMT
    How much are you bicycling?
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    May 29, 2008 2:55 PM GMT
    Squarejaw saidHow much are you bicycling?


    Not funny! :crosses arms and pouts:
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    May 29, 2008 3:09 PM GMT
    The best way to find out how many calories your are burning while cycling is to buy a heart-rate monitor. Polar do good ones.
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    May 29, 2008 4:02 PM GMT
    dr_jackl saidNot funny! :crosses arms and pouts:
    Huh? You wanted affirmation that you were doing the right thing. You told us your caloric intake, but we need to know your caloric expenditure as well in order to advise you. Why did you take offense?
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    May 29, 2008 4:04 PM GMT
    LOL, I am pretty sure "cycling calories" is a term for some kind of diet philosophy and not a reference to bicycling.
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    May 29, 2008 4:12 PM GMT
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH.


    Never mind.
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    May 29, 2008 4:15 PM GMT
    There, there. Little mouse look pretty no think hard. icon_wink.gif
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    May 30, 2008 5:16 AM GMT
    Squarejaw said
    dr_jackl saidNot funny! :crosses arms and pouts:
    Huh? You wanted affirmation that you were doing the right thing. You told us your caloric intake, but we need to know your caloric expenditure as well in order to advise you. Why did you take offense?


    Sorry, thought you were poking fun at me. Sometimes, you just can't tell with the internet.

    "Cycling calories" is what I described in my first post, or at least what I think it means, which is basically eating more carb calories on the meal after you work out on days you work out.

    So no one else does this huh? Or has heard of this? ...
  • atxclimber

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    May 30, 2008 5:32 AM GMT
    I've read so much conflicting stuff about nutrition it's hard to really say. My approach lately as I try to cut a few pounds of fat while putting on more muscle is basically this:

    - Every 3 hours I'm awake, consume 30g protein. Can be powder, 1/4lb chicken or other meat, few cups of yogurt, whatever.

    - I avoid refined sugars when possible, although I bake a loaf of bread made with predominantly white flour (20% WW) every week and eat it with sandwiches.

    - I eat a ton of veggies and whatnot.

    - I will eat carbs before a workout if I feel fatigued 30 minutes before the workout. That includes lifting and cardio. I'll usually eat, like, a normal-sized home-made cookie (not some Mrs. Fields monster or whatever.) I figure before workouts I really want the super-refined carbs so I might as well enjoy a delicious cookie rather than sucking down some mediocre formulated energy gel.

    - A friend forwarded me an article by some guy with a PhD from bodybuilding.com lately saying that studies indicate protein synthesis post-workout is not significantly affected by the consumption of carbs or not, so post exercise (lifting and cardio) I am actually just sucking down 30g protein and no carbs at the moment, and have suffered no adverse effects.

    When I'm actually training for cycling, and planning long rides, I will go ahead and just eat a big bowl of pasta the night before any serious ride (2+ hours at a challenging pace) because I figure at that point, it all goes out the window and I really just need the calories so I don't bonk on the ride and have to take a nap on the side of the road.

    If what you're doing is easy for you to stick to, not overly complicated (one thing I don't do is complex workouts or diets that require a lot of ongoing detailed attention, because I'll just get tired of it or screw it up or whatever) and seems to be working, then hey, I bet you're doing fine.

    I'm unconvinced all the super detailed stuff makes a huge difference, though. For me the key is 30g protein every 3 hours (that has contributed to a very notable difference over the past few months) and avoiding desserts and trying otherwise to make the bulk of my food out of veggies, fiber, protein, and consuming a decent amount of fat and not a whole lot of starch and sugar except where needed.
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    May 30, 2008 6:25 AM GMT
    Thanks for the detailed reply Atx.

    For me at least, I really think I need to be super-detailed to succeed at my goal, which is to get a six-pack. I've gotten my body fat down to 8% before and that wasn't enough. I think part of it was I wasn't disciplined enough about eating so frequently.

    So yeah, I am making progress by being anal. I figure I can't and don't want to do this the rest of my life, but if I can reach my goal (which I've actually had since being a teenager), I think I'll have the confidence to loosen things up and understand what are the key parts to achieving and maintaining my desired physique. I think I will start following guidelines that are lax like yours at that time.

    Hey, so in that one article you mentioned ... it means it's ok to eat carbs after workout right?