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high carbohydrate diet(4 posts)

high carbohydrate dietRick C
Nov 26, 2001 4:46 PM
I dont need anyone to tell me what an idiot I am. I know now. I was on a super high carb diet that seemed to serve me well for over 2 years as a competitive road cyclist. I had tons of energy and endurance. 95%of the diet was whole grain breads and cereals with soy milk, almost no fat and very little protein. After 2 years, I noticed my power level gradually declining, recovery taking longer, muscles staying sore much longer. I also had NO sex drive (age 34) and sudden bouts of terrible insomnia with hot flashes and rapid heartrate at 2a.m. for example. Does anyone know just what I need to do to overcome this thing so I can ride again? Ive started eating meat, eggs, dairy, and good fats like olive oil and nuts, but recovery from this is taking over 1 year so far and I still cant ride my bike or else I wont sleep that night. Any help is greatly appreciated.
re: high carbohydrate dietmorey
Nov 27, 2001 4:36 AM
try to eat 65% carb, 20% prot, 15% fat. The fat should be primarily unsaturated. However, it sounds as if your hormone levels are low. I would go to an endocrinologist and have a hormone scan done. This may account for low sex drive, and tiredness. You seem to be eating well right now, keep this up.
Why would you trust...Lone Gunman
Nov 27, 2001 8:34 AM
Any advice from board posters other than "see a doctor" for something as important as your physical and mental well being? This is serious stuff and you have waited a year for recovery, obviously it is not working.
re: high carbohydrate dietzeke
Dec 4, 2001 12:43 AM
in relation to your hot flashes and rapid heart rate, are you drinking some sort of energy drink aslo? i had the same problems (hot flash and rapid heart rate) on days that i drank 'energen' a japanese sports drink. ive since stopped and the flashes and heart rate have normalized.

in relation to the high carbs, if they are no good for you, you can find out by taking a simple blood test. if your triglycerides are high. lower the carbs and eat them only before, not after, a ride.

good luck