i wanna lose weight but keep muscle
im eating around 1800- 2000 calories a day and now wanna add cycling every morning, should i up my calories?
06-15-2010, 03:19 AM #1
06-15-2010, 03:23 AM #2
06-15-2010, 04:02 AM #3
I treat my bicycling like a leg workout combined with cardio. I use carb cycling as a dietary method, and a bike ride is typically a high carb day for me. For example, at my stats, Fitday figures an expenditure of about 900 calories for a two hour ride at a moderate pace. So if I ride in the morning I eat a good breakfast, I have some BCAAs and a little protein just before I go out, and I bring a banana and half a sandwich along with some Gatorade on the bike. I don't always eat it all - I eat what I think I need on the ride so as not to overfeed and blow the daily deficit for my cut. But if I want to go long I have the fuel to keep going. I can do this and still lose weight.
In the past I discovered that you can go catabolic riding depleted on a ketogenic diet, feeling wasted mid-ride, and ultimately I lost muscle mass doing this. Even my legs got smaller, which was surprising given that they were doing most all of the work. So now I make sure to get the fuel I need to enjoy the sport and still progress on my "bodybuilding" goals.
06-15-2010, 09:04 AM #4
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How much are you losing per week? My opinion is if less then 2, I'd not adjust calories. If 2 or more, eat some more.I Rep back always. Put it in comment.
500+ will 100% get repped back.
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