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  1. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swan View Post
    Usually pasta, since I know most soccer players eat that before a match. I snack on carrots and sometimes dried beef strips on longer rides, and of course drink plenty of water along the way. I can't find anything on burning either!
    The good news for women is that we access and use fat for energy more efficiently then the boys do. So the pre-century, pre-marathon meal for us is not the pasta, garlic bread, super carb-load fest the guys favor. Our men-folk need to build that up but for us a balanced meal is the the best idea. One of my favorite articles on nutrition for cycling from a women's perspective.

    http://www.velogirls.com/resources/p...tions/fuel.htm
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  2. #17
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    Hmmm.. I'm going to have to rule out heartburn and acid reflux since the "burn" is much lower and doesn't try to go up at all. The burn doesn't hurt at all, either. I'll try changing my pre-riding meal and see if that helps. Thanks for all your input!

    Edit: I ate something and the burning, churning feeling immediately went away... Googled what hunger felt like and it nailed it on the head! Gosh, I feel so silly now.
    Last edited by Swan; 12-15-2012 at 07:45 PM.

  3. #18
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    It's a little astonishing to me that I did lose 30 pounds the first year I started bicycling, because long bike rides make me SO hungry, and I know that I eat a lot more after a bike ride than I burned. Part of it is "I just biked 50 miles I can eat anything I want" mentality, and probably some of it is my post-ride food choices that lead me to feeling hungrier.

    I was a little overweight when I started biking and I got fairly fit. This year my commute is too short, and I've been really awful about eating terrible foods, and my pants are getting tight. However, I'm not (much) worried about weight for anything other than cosmetic reasons. I know that if I pack on pounds despite daily bike rides, I'm still maintaining some fitness, like my low resting heart rate, low cholesterol, low blood pressure. That's not to say I wouldn't be healthier if I weren't gaining weight, but I'd be a lot less healthy if I were gaining weight but not biking 3 miles and walking between buildings & up steps every day.
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  4. #19
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    That's actually a good way to look at it, Melalvai, to focus on being fit as opposed to being fat. Good on you! And congrats on those initial 30#s!

    Two days ago I went shopping for an outfit with a friend and I was dismayed to see that she picked out size 16s and 14s for me even though IME I'm a size 20... I couldnt fit in the 14s, but wouldn't you know it, those 16s are very comfortable! I came home with two pair of trousers in 16s.. four sizes smaller than before!

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    That's great, Swan!! Sounds like you're making great progress!
    Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.

    --Mary Anne Radmacher

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    I write a blog for the local newspaper on bicycling and walking, and Swan, you inspired this one.
    "Lose weight while biking!"
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    Re: Biking for Weight Loss

    Quote Originally Posted by Olaf View Post
    Biking can be good for the weight loss purposes but I never noticed it.
    I focus on cycling and do it daily. I have lost 30 pounds of my weight through cycling.
    Olaf , what do you mean by biking? Cycling is biking. English is an odd language sometimes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catrin View Post
    Olaf , what do you mean by biking? Cycling is biking. English is an odd language sometimes
    Olaf, in my humble opinon, is a spammer in the making. His/her flurry of posts today have the same ring to them as many of our past spammers. While they touch on the subject at hand, they don't exactly add to the discussion and they're just a bit "off." If I'm wrong, I apologize. I've just seen a lot of posts like this of late...and the admins end up deleting them.
    Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.

    --Mary Anne Radmacher

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    Re: Biking for Weight Loss

    Quote Originally Posted by indysteel View Post
    Olaf, in my humble opinon, is a spammer in the making. His/her flurry of posts today have the same ring to them as many of our past spammers. While they touch on the subject at hand, they don't exactly add to the discussion and they're just a bit "off." If I'm wrong, I apologize. I've just seen a lot of posts like this of late...and the admins end up deleting them.
    Yeah, I kind of figured that but wanted to give the benefit of a doubt. English is certainly not the first language...

 

 

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