Current BMI 22.4 (196cm tall and max 86.4kgs), daily kCals set at <3000/day; incorporating sufficient carbohydrate, protein, vitamins, fibre and water etc. Constant monitoring and balancing every calorie consumed with every calorie burned, and substituting/complementing the “real” with synthetic concentrated supplements in order to stay fit, healthy and build muscle strength/speed/recovery. Top shelf both at work and home with various (legal) powders and pills, and iPhone with the best ever food/exercise monitoring application so that things can be tracked and subsequently reviewed if need be.
Why? Well, I want to be stronger, faster, better – I want to be n + 2, and because of my lifestyle, personal nutrition usually takes a back seat and that’s not a good thing when the body is being asked to go up mountains and the balance isn’t as it should be (believe me, I know).
Anyway, the balance for me seems quite good and I’m curious, is anyone else among you likewise bike consumption obsessive, count calories consumed/burned, or been burnt for poor diet/exercise balance?
Because pootling around on the bike not going anywhere, not getting any fitter, is SO much more fun?
Is there a problem being goal-oriented??
does the app have any items like: had a laugh, enjoyed kids company, chilled out, encountered new taste sensation?
Why don't you come along to Durian Rider's talk tomorrow night in Adelaide.
I like the low GI mantra. Slow burn foods like brown rice, wholemeal pasta, porridge etc. As for weight loss I guess the balance is input = what you burn. Over the last 6 months or so I've cut back on porton size as well as trying food services like Lite 'n Easy which is OK for a couple of weeks. Lunches are the real benefit. My wife got out the slow cooker again for winter as well. But you need to be able to eat some fun things now and again but you also need to be able to read a packet. Low fat can mean high salt. Calorie King is another web service I've used and I am sure it would have an app now as well. Checking out the calories of peanut butter on white bread can really break your spirit.
Less than 3000cals a day? Or MINIMUM 3000cals a day? I HOPE its the later if you want to increase your performance both on and off the bike.
Come to my talk tomorrow night in the city. Nothing like it in Australia.
3000cals a day is NOT enough for someone like yourself ZZ. If you want to get fitter, you could easily double that. I talking from quality high carb, low fat plant food lifestyle thats been proven to help prevent/reverse many modern day diseases.
By undereating, on the high carb, low fat, wholefoods we just set ourselves up for eating the 'other stuff' that literally sticks the ribs, neck and butt! ;)
My partner did a vid 2 days ago why its smart to eat a high cal lifestyle. Her high calorie diet gives her enough energy to EASILY stay fit, lean and strong. We are the only people in the industry that tell people to NEVER limit carb cals.
Zimm Zamm, it might surprise you that my BMI was 20.9, eating healthy food plus lots of calories and unhealthy stuff at parties, balanced by skindiving exercise. Did not have to bother with supplements or calorie counting. Now I have an endocrine imbalance, my BMI is high. Have reduced my food and calorie intake. Reduced fat, sugar and salt and switched to low GI.
A naturopath gave me a strict diet. I was already following most of the 'do nots' that included do not use a microwave or teflon coated frypan. On his instructions, I almost gave up coffee!!!! Now only drink coffee when I am out. I declined to follow his instructions and give up cereal (a mix of oats and wheat, or soluble and non-soluble fibre) with low-fat milk. His diet is too fussy for me to follow, eg a runny boiled egg for breakfast. I am not a morning person, and cereal with cold milk is enough effort. It is a long time since I ate a hot breakfast, the thought almost makes me sick, and I have NEVER liked RUNNY eggs.
Wonder if in my fatigue I could find the time to be as particular as you, weighing food and calculating charts. Need to try something. Would you like to discuss with me sometime "incorporating sufficient carbohydrate, protein, vitamins, fibre and water etc."
Here is the only time Lance ran out of glycogen(bonking/hitting the wall). He is such a stickler that he never let it happen again. People are trying to juggle everyday life, family, work, leisure, kids AND fitness and they wonder why when they restrict carbs that they get so hungry they eat the greasy garb?
Eat enough of the healthy carbs: fruits,veg, whole grains etc and your good to go.
Life is hectic enough without being undercarbed and there fore under slept and dehydrated. :(