Silly About Kilos of Currant Buns and Carbohydrates
Maybe you have a nice steel steed on the head to lose a few pounds. Or have you noticed halfway through a long endurance ride that you were so empty that you no longer put a dent in a packet of butter. And otherwise you must have sighed on your first long climb that you want to leave all the excess kilos at home next time. Whatever the case, one day you start to wonder about the subject of cycling and food. Therefore, in brief what you should do and what you should leave.
What Should I Eat and Drink?
A cyclist is an athlete who regularly trains for longer than an hour. Sounds fierce and yet the basis of your eating habits should be the disk of five. You get the most energy from whole-grain products, potatoes and brown rice. Fill this with 200 grams of vegetables and at least two pieces of fruit. In addition, you eat two to three servings of skimmed milk products and a portion of lean meat, fish or chicken. A day of meatless or a portion of beans is also great and at least prepare your food in olive oil. Of course you can occasionally grab something tasty. But you don’t have to go cycling to be able to do this more often, because then you will be short of yourself. Sweets, cakes or savory snacks contain hardly any good nutrients but a lot of bad fats. And also athletes can better ensure good fats from soft low-fat margarine, oil, nuts and fatty fish.
And While Cycling?
If you cycle for up to an hour, be sure your using highly rated helmets and have a large bottle of water. A large water bottle has a capacity of 750 ml. The smaller water bottles should be banned! You should at least try to empty a large water bottle per hour. When you add half a teaspoon of salt to the water, it is absorbed faster. And more importantly, your body can do more with it because it does not go straight to your bladder. For you it is nice that you do not have to get off your bike every once in a while.
If you cycle for more than an hour you have to do more than replenish moisture. You only have carbohydrates for an hour and a half. And when that stock runs out, you hardly burn any more fat either. So take some carbohydrate-rich food with you. A slice of gingerbread, a bun or of those finely packaged currant cookies, for example. And make sure that you also take a bottle of water with you every hour. If necessary, fill your water bottles on the way at a gas station.