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What to eat(6 posts)

What to eatJackDanielsFSU
Jun 25, 2002 9:25 AM
I am a big guy. 6'3 260lbs. I just got started in road riding to get in shape. I have been mountain biking for a few years but I don't have a chance to get out to the trails very often so I built up a road bike and am riding in the mornings before work. Besides riding I know I deffenatly need to change my diet. I am pretty good about not drinkign things like pop or eating candy and deserts but when it comes to meals Im really bad. I also work alot of hours. Roughly 13 to 15 hours a day! A normal scedule for me is to wake up at 5:10am, be on the bike by 5:30. Ride untill around 6:40. Be off to job 1 by 7:10. I work there with working though my lunch break till 4pm then go right to job 2 and work there till usually around 10:00pm. After that I go home, grab a quick bite to eat and I am off to bed. I do this monday through friday. With a schedule like that its hard to eat right.

So my question is what kind of diet are all of you on. What kind of foods should I bring with me to work? What should I eat in the morning? What about right before I go to bed? Should I even eat then?

I dont know what kind of response I will get with this question but any help would be great.

Try this....tronracer
Jun 25, 2002 9:45 AM
Soy milk with Kashi Go lean cereal for breakfast. Bring a few snacks to hold you over throughout the day like fruits and/or granola. Eat a large salad for lunch with a piece of tuna or chicken. In Europe, the large meal of the day is lunch rather than dinner here in the US. This makes sense, you don't stuff yourself and then not burn any calories off. So try not to eat too much right before you go to bed. I saw last night on the news that 25% of Americans are obese, staggering. Pick one day of the week you can cheat on your diet to keep you disciplined, most likely a weekend.

Just my $.02
re: What to eatgs6769
Jun 25, 2002 10:07 AM
I think tronracer's got some great ideas. I would add that you should drink LOTS of water all day. A plastic Brita filter water bottle with you at work is great for this. You can fill it at the fountain or water cooler and always have good tasting water. These also fit in most bike bottle cages. Find them at T*rget or W*l M*rt.
You've no doubt heard this before but here goes; Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, with some fish, legumes, lean meat, and dairy for protien and calcium. Pretty much in that order. Simple can be best.
re: What to eatHAL9010
Jun 25, 2002 10:47 AM
Diet modification!
Mostly, DO NOT eat before going to bed! Water can be an excellent appetite suppressant, use it. You need to at least balance your calories in with the Calories you burn. Basicly to loose weight you need to burn more calories than you take in. But it does not necessarly mean starving(all the time). You will probably find your self feeling hungry though, so drink water!
Getting in shape and loosing weight can be not a lot of fun, at first.

It does take motivation and disipline. My motivation has been my son who is 40 years younger. I bike to hopefuly have health and energy to keep up with him when he hits his teen years. And I hope to entice him to ride accross the country with me when he is say sixteen or so.
Do the Mathjromack
Jun 25, 2002 12:13 PM
Start burning 500 calories more a day than you eat and you will lose about 1 pound a week.

You need to figure your base metabolic rate, extra calories consumed by exercise, then budget the amount of food you can eat.

The food suggestions listed above are good ones. Also the deal about not eating before bed.

Try to avoid any carbs from simple sugars.
Don't think of it as a diet...empacher6seat
Jun 25, 2002 9:50 PM
It's a lifestyle change.
I agree with almost everything posted here. Drink LOTS of water, pack some healthy snacks for work. It's better to eat 6 small meals a day then stuff yourself with 3 large meals. I find it helps to prepare your meals the night before, just so everything's ready for you the next morning.

As a student who's currently holding three jobs, I know what you're going through! I just started cycling a few months ago and the first 2 weeks were the hardest, in terms of being organized and eating healthier. Now it's like second nature.

Good luck man! You'll be sheddin' pounds in no time.