Author Topic: Low Carb and Long Distance Touring  (Read 23434 times)

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Offline DaveB

Re: Low Carb and Long Distance Touring
« Reply #30 on: May 02, 2014, 10:10:01 am »
I have been managing an active lifestyle with a fasting BGL of <100 through eliminating grains and eating 100-150 g carbs/day....
Uhhh, if grains aren't carbohydrates, please tell me what they are.

Offline zzzz

Re: Low Carb and Long Distance Touring
« Reply #31 on: May 02, 2014, 10:31:41 am »
I read zerodish's post a couple of times trying to figure out if it was satire, like suggesting that 2 asprin typically takes care of your headache so taking the whole bottle will take care of it faster. I decided it's serious but if I'm not getting the joke I apologize.

Like zerodish I'm in my mid 50's, like him I set up my long rides at 100± miles a day and the physical challenge of the trip is as important to me as the sights I see. And I get that what works for me may not work for someone else, but how is losing 3"of (I presume) muscle during a ride like this a good idea?

I take my trips is September so when I leave I have 4-5000 miles in my legs for the year so I'm already in shape. I hate wearing a HR monitor but I've done so on a couple of occasions to get a accurate count thru the bike computer of how many calories I've burned and it will read 4-6000. If you don't have a lot of weight to lose, and I don't, those calories need to be replaced.

I start the day with a large breakfast, snack once a hour or so from something out of my jersey, have a medium size lunch and when I get in for the evening I have the largest, most calorie intensive meal I can stuff in my face. And if I simply can't take another bite, I take my second desert back to my room with me to eat later when I've free'd up some space.

I leave for my trips at 145± lbs, I come back from my trips at 145± lbs. My resting HR is in the high 40's to low 50's and my blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol, & blood sugar are all pretty well text book.

Why would you starve yourself for no good reason?


Offline JDFlood

Re: Low Carb and Long Distance Touring
« Reply #32 on: May 09, 2014, 08:50:51 pm »
I tend to do 4,000 miles or more on tour each year and feel that it's unnecessary to worry about intake, whatever it is.  My body is the result of thousands of years of evolution and it efficiently converts anything I put into my mouth into energy when I'm burning so many calories.  I stay in host homes most of the time and certainly will not be picky about their generosity.  I lose a half pound a day no matter how much I eat on tour so that's okay with me.  I'm 70 and don't waste my time left on silliness.  I recommend the same with you.

I'm with you. Unless you have a reason, wasting time on unnecessary reductions is ridiculous. I have type 2 diabetes, so I try and keep my carbs down below a couple hundred a day, and everyone would do better to gently move in that direction, but in general if your healthy and exercising heavily. Don't waste you life on stupid diets for no reason. I'd rather enjoy being alive while I am.