I would like to try to get serious about losing the weight that I have put on in the last year. I am about 10 pounds heavier than I was last fall, and about 15 pounds more than I would consider ideal for me. For me, I believe the weight gain was a result of greatly reducing my physical activity over the last 9 months due to injury. I have arthritis and meniscus tears in both knees, and had stem cell injections in March. I also had rotator cuff impingement starting last July. Prior to this, I was exercising 5-6 days a week, with at least 2 days of heavy strength training and 3-4 days of cycling and/or running. With the injuries I completely cut out strength training and have been cycling 3-4 days a week.
So my question is how do I make sure I am eating enough to fuel my rides, while still trying to shed some pounds? There are so many things out there about food that it’s hard to know who to believe. You hear that you should do workouts on an empty stomach in order to burn fat. Or do intermittent fasting, or low carb, keto…
I do know that I need to be better about the type of foods that I eat and grab more fresh food for my snacks and meals. But is there anything I should be thinking about in terms of the timing of foods in order to make sure I have enough energy to ride? Most of my rides are the plan workouts, with an occasional longer ride. I may be doing a metric next weekend.
I used to know what worked for me, and now it’s all different as I get older!