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Atkins diet and cycling??? Anyone try it? nm(12 posts)

Atkins diet and cycling??? Anyone try it? nmspyderman
Mar 10, 2003 10:47 AM
re: Atkins diet and cycling??? Anyone try it? nmSIZE16
Mar 10, 2003 11:20 AM
just started diet 1 week ago and i am still on my trainer (midwest weather sucks) and have'nt noticed a sidnificant change in endurance . i am still alittle skeptical because normal course of endurance would include high amount of carbs before during and after for recovery ???? how long have you been on this diet or have you started yet?
Tried it but I wouldn't recommend it for cycling or...bent_spoke
Mar 10, 2003 11:25 AM
while doing other intense activity. With Atkins, you avoid carbs & sugars, so you have no fuel for riding or anything else for that matter. I did the recommended 2 weeks & lost 10lbs, so that part was good. I also reduced my caffine intake which was also a plus for me. Atkins is not well balanced so I wouldn't reccommend it for anything but a quite fix, which sounds dumb. So, the best advise is to skip Atkins, plan a sensible weight loss program with exercise & a balanced diet while eating smaller/controlled portions.
Yes, and I don't recommend itMcAndrus
Mar 10, 2003 11:26 AM
Many years ago I was on Atkins during the winter. I was on an early spring ride with a buddy when we hit a small hill. He floated up and I fell apart. A half-mile-long roller felt like what I imagine Alpe d'Huez would be. The lack of carbs takes away the endurance under power.

I stopped the diet immediately.
Do What you have to do !!t-moore
Mar 10, 2003 3:45 PM
I'm a believer,

I have lost over 45lbs on the Atkins diet, and am obviously quite pleased. I am 6'4" and have gone from 285 down to 240, sometimes a bit below that.

If you have a lot to loose, there is no better diet than the Atkins. Once you are into the maintenance phase of the diet, the amount of carbs you consume increases greatly based on your metabolisom.

The Atkins diet is the only diet that I know of, were you don't have to starve yourself.

To be fair, I do have a great ride, the morning after a carb laden meal.

Good Luck
Atkins Diet Misconceptionsjromack
Mar 10, 2003 7:24 PM
It is NOT a LOW carb diet, it is a CONTROLLED carb diet.

The other people who responded and had problems with it apparently did not read the book.

During the initial 2 week Induction Phase, I would definitely avoid any real strenuous rides.

Once you get to the Maintenance Phase, you can calculate and add the carbs necessary to complete a ride.

The Atkins Diet's key point is that you determine your daily carb level, which varies from person to person.

You don't "give up" carbs forever.
I'm on it and have had no problemsMikeBiker
Mar 10, 2003 3:43 PM
Went on it about 4 months ago and have lost 35 lbs and have vastly improved blood chemistry.

I have not noticed any change in my cycling ability. I have about 500 road miles while on it and have not noticed any change in performance. My longest ride has been 40 miles and I did not notice a lack of energy. I am curious as to if I would have problems on longer rides, but I'll know as the year goes on. I do know that there is a person who has qualified for the Ironman Triathlon after being on the Atkins regime for three years.

Hope this helps.

re: Atkins diet and cycling??? Anyone try it? nmNug
Mar 10, 2003 6:11 PM
Easily lost 15 of my goal of 20 lbs, if you're doing it right you won't be hungry, and the whole point is you're wearing your energy source in the first place! For a longer exertion, I've got no problem upping the carbs short term, but I just drop back after. Eventually, having weaned myself off the excessive garbage, I can add it back in within reasonable limits as I need/want to. That's really the whole point- the American diet is generally lousy to begin with.
Did the Protien Power diet a few years backLone Gunman
Mar 10, 2003 8:07 PM
Dropped a solid 25lb or more. You REDUCE carbo intake and replace it with the protein and fats and vegetables, balance the intake. While I was on this diet I read in a cycling mag that this type of diet had been used in Europe for years.

The reality for I would bet the majority of users on this board is that an Adkins type diet will produce results desired. Doubtful if many board users are training 6 hours a day 5-6 days a week which that type of reduced carb diet might cause problems.

What opened my eyes was when I discovered that 1 12oz can of coke = 2/3 of the carbo intake for a day.
umm....vegetables are mostly carbsColnagoFE
Mar 11, 2003 6:48 AM
I don't doubt that Atkins helps you lose weight, but when I cut down my carbs drastically I felt like total crap. I suppose it varies by the person, but if I'm gonna get in some decent miles and also be on a weight training regimen I gotta have some carbs. The key is good carbs and not bad ones like white bread, coke, candy, etc.
Drastically? Who said drastically?Lone Gunman
Mar 11, 2003 7:32 PM
were talking 40/30/30 in percentages.
re: Atkins diet and cycling??? Anyone try it? nmnovagator
Mar 11, 2003 6:04 AM
I'm on it and so far it has been great for me. I've lost about 17.5 pounds in the 3 months I've been on it, and I feel great. Because of the harsh winter, don't have but about 400 miles so far this year, but I've noticed improved performance. I think the misconception that you don't use ANY carbs, and the negative connotation of the word DIET, are what turn off many people to a reduced carb lifestyle. As for me, I see this as my way of eating, not a one time, short term diet. (although, giving up pizza has not been easy :).