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Eating before or after ride(4 posts)

Eating before or after rideJuniorRacerFL
Apr 30, 2002 8:30 AM
Hello, i get home from school about 3:30 and usually start my ride around 4:00, in that half an hour period i usually eat my main dinner, chicken or pasta or something, than about 20 minutes later do my ride and eat a small snack when i get back. Do you think it would be mroe beneficial to keep doing that or to wait till i get back to eat but by then its eating around 6:30 and i go to bed at 8:00 so that seems a little late to be eating. Im just wondering whats more beneficial in terms of weightloss and calories burnt and used most efficiently.
Few beers the night before and a few after the ride. nmonespeed
Apr 30, 2002 9:05 AM
re: Eating before or after ridepa rider
Apr 30, 2002 10:11 AM
You would have to judge that question on your own buddy. My point is that you are to experiment with how you body burns calories.

I eat a sandwich before my ride and maybe a powerbar during. My rides are 3 to 4 hours long 50 to 80 miles. I'm doing 3 - 3.5 hours twice a week now. I'll be doing the 80 mile rides by June and riding 5 days a week. I do hills one night and my body burns more calories. I have to eat pasta when I'm done because I'll lose too much weight.

The key is to get the engine running at high rpm for long duration. Your 2 hour ride burns calories, but eating a full meal before the ride may help you ride well, but doesn't burn the weight you want to lose.

I can't eat a meal like the one you described because my stomach would get upset and I'm sure I would puck. That's why they say not to eat one hour before exercising.

I'm trying to say change your eating habits and see if you lose some weight. I sometimes eat one hour before bed, but hey this reality (I get up at 4am), so my life doesn't confirm to the true norm. I don't pig down a big meal, but if I don't eat right I get the twitches all night.

I'm at the normal body fat for arrobic exercise (15% body fat). If I get down below 12% I feel like my rides aren't their; like over training. I only have 24 pounds of fat, and 147 LBS. Drinking water regularly helps you lose weight and hydrated.

Hope you get longer rides on weekend, which will help you burn those calories. The best biking to burn calories is MTB. Your heart rate is up high most of the time and you use alot of different muscles when riding techanic trails, which help burn calories.

Hope this helps.
Sounds like...MrCelloBoy
Apr 30, 2002 2:20 PM
from your handle that youre a racer and probably doing closer to interval training than an easy spin. I'd venture that you might be better off eating a more snack-like meal before the ride, then the main meal (a carbo and protein reload) afterwards (within 30 min. to 1 hour). right now the meal before the ride is probably mostly just sitting there during the ride and not getting digested until later.