« on: May 16, 2016, 04:31:18 pm »
Bicycling is usually a constant energy endeavor. Racing bicycles can be a constant energy and sudden peak energy activity. But loaded touring is almost always constant energy expended. You ride along at a medium pace constantly working at your aerobic level. Your breathing can keep up with your exertion level. And your body can produce enough glucose to sustain this activity level. To fuel your body you need to eat a lot a few hours before you start and keep eating during the activity too. It takes awhile for your body to process food and turn it into glucose your cells can use to produce activity. Supper more or less replenishes any excess you used during the day. Fat that your body slowly converts from fat back into glucose to burn now. So if you eat a big supper to stock up the tank, eat breakfast to get plenty of fuel for the start, eat lunch to keep going during the afternoon, and eat supper to replenish, you will be fine. And eat some snacks during the day too. Your fancy drinks you talk about and Coke and Hostess fruit pies are good if you over exert yourself by climbing a mountain, or sprinting for a few miles. They are quickly and easily digested by the body and provide almost immediate energy to be burned now. But they are gone pretty quickly too. So if you eat your energy drinks for breakfast, or Coke and fruit pies, don't expect them to help much when you climb a mountain at the end of the day. You need a healthy lunch and stored energy to get you up the mountain at the end of the day. Or a bunch of your energy drinks and Coke and fruit pies at the bottom of the climb.
Despite what the diet commercials and energy drink marketing departments convince people. The vast majority of people are stupid and gullible. Eating and how the body work are pretty simple. You consume fat, protein, carbohydrate. Your body processes this at different speeds depending on whether its fat, carb, protein. You use this glucose to fuel your activities. Your stores the excess. Or converts stored glucose, fat, to glucose for immediate use now. Its pretty simple despite all the BS you hear and believe.