Cycling Training Nutrition
Ok, I’m not going to bore you with in-depth details about what ratio of carbs to fats and protein you should eat, you can read an article on that next if you find yourself wanting more details and facts about the number crunching side of good nutrition.
Now, some of you might be doing cycling training so that you can lose weight. Still, you need to remember, if you are doing almost any kind of sports training, to get in shape, lose weight, or both, you need to eat enough to support your physical activity. What I am saying is it isn’t good to under eat. If you aren’t doing any physical training, then eating less is a perfectly fine way to lose weight, however, when you are doing sports training you need to eat a surplus of calories to make it really pay off. Your body will need those extra calories to build muscle, and to give you the energy to participate in the activities involved with whatever you are doing.
The next big thing you need to do is to eat healthy. You don’t need to eat healthy all of the time, or buy 100% organic food. (It’s great if you can, but a lot of people can’t afford it). None the less, you need to pay attention to what you eat before and after any kind of training you do for cycling.
So, what’s healthy food? Generally speaking, fruits, veggies, and water do the trick pretty well. Most other stuff that isn’t widely known NOT to be a healthy food to eat works alright most of the time too. Just make sure you stay away from things like: alcohol, soda, pastries, and other junk foods before workouts. One of the main reasons to do this, other than those foods being bad for you, is that many of them, like soda or alcohol, will have a soporific effect, or other negative impact on your training, which can add up to be a severe detriment to your progress.
In general, you should avoid consuming any of the above mentioned foods entirely while on a cycling training routine, or a cycling training program. It’s very important to have a good exercise program for your sport, but you won’t be able to make the progress you want with your cycling training program unless you have good nutrition to back up your efforts.
1) Make sure you eat enough, food is your body’s energy source, no food, no energy.
2) Make sure you drink enough water! Your body uses more water than normal while performing any kind of strenuous physical activity, and if you don’t drink enough water, you may feel tired, dizzy, and experience headaches.
3) If you really can’t live without your junk food, don’t eat it before or after exercising, and I mean several hours before or after. (Like 3-5 hours).
4) Eat healthy whenever you can. This means fruits, veggies, organic food, and water as your primary source of liquids.
Don’t forget to make a good cycling workout routine/training program. If you don’t have enough experience to create one for yourself, there are many top quality guides and programs already on the market.