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Best Winter Diet for Cycling(8 posts)

Best Winter Diet for CyclingZaard
Jan 23, 2002 4:51 PM
Its winter time and I always gain weight as I cycle only three seasons. I am afraid of getting hit(again.. got hit by a UPS truck mirror )in the winter dark. Anyway .... I was wondering if a low normal calorie diet or a low carbo diet is best. If you are not really exercising and 10 to 20 lbs too heavy is a high protein, low carbo Atkins like diet OK to loose weight or is this crazy ? I am 6'2" 208 lbs and should be 190 I guess. How do top cyclists stay within cycling weight ? A few good holiday meals and wham you are over weight.
Eat lessKerry Irons
Jan 23, 2002 5:30 PM
There is no magic diet. You consume more calories than you burn, and you gain weight. You consume fewer calories than you burn, and you lose weight. If you are not exercising a lot, you don't need the very high fraction of carbohydrates needed for lots of endurance stuff - 50/25/15 (carb/fat/protein) works fine, but it's really not that big a deal. Quack diets like Atkins do two things - they make you lose water at first so you get the buzz of quick weight loss, and then they make you eat less because you don't really like all that protein. Oh, yeah, they put a heavy load on your kidneys too. But they are still just about eating less than you burn.
According to Mr. Friel, fatty foods. Pass the lard please...Bruno S
Jan 23, 2002 5:53 PM
But this is while you are doing base training: Weights and a lot of miles.

The article is here:
Push-aways from the dinner table....DINOSAUR
Jan 23, 2002 6:01 PM
Eat less...eliminate foods high in alcohol..
drink lots of's eat like pigs, Eddie Merckx ate four times the normal man and still was a skinny dude..the only way you lose weight is you need to consume less colories than you burn special diet required, just a little disipline and push-aways...I miss ice cream and beer..taboo in the winter months for me..Big thing is if you're not hungy, don't eat!
This winterMcAndrus
Jan 23, 2002 6:48 PM
I'm having some success this winter. I can't lose weight in the season because I need to eat to fuel so I diet in the winter. Last winter I lost five pounds. So far this winter it's eight pounds.

The basics are still the basics but I think three things have helped me this year. First is trying to go with low glycemic index foods. I don't have a list in front of me but there are several sources available.

The second thing I do is go to bed hungry. Actually right now I'm starving and this is just making it worse .... sob.
But then I know I'm burning fat overnight and not digesting that last piece of the wife's delicious pumpkin pie.

Third is that I eat fewer carbs in the winter and more protein and fat, although I try to go for the unsaturated fats.

And of course, burn more than you eat, push away from the table, etc., etc., etc.
Pass the pumpkin pie to me...ashleyrenfroe
Jan 24, 2002 6:21 AM
I love pumpkin pie, especially with some whipped topping on it. Yummy....
You're being cruel. Stop it. ;-) nmMcAndrus
Jan 24, 2002 7:46 AM
High protein diets..John-d
Jan 24, 2002 6:44 AM
A friend, of my wife, and her husband have been on a high protein, low carbo diet for about 3 months. They have picked up every infection going, they are ill and he has had at least one month off work. They will not accept that it is due to their diet. They do not eat any green vegetables or anything else that granny said was good for you.

I have heard that this is now a dicredited diet.

Yes they have lost weight, but I think that the price was way too high, because most weight regimes are associated with improved fitness and health, this one isn't.

So to use your words I think that diet is crazy, but of course I am certainly no expert.

It is the fat that puts on weight, lower the fat intake and hey presto. Enjoy your holiday meals but read the menu carefully. Why does Ullrich put on weight - high fat cakes.