Checking out the internet for the best cycling nutritional tips? Well that can often be confusing with so much of info available so to make things simpler for you below in this article I have covered a few tried and tested nutritional tips that helped me out.
Eat the correct quantity of calories
Most often we cyclists eat more than needed especially after a long hard cycling workout. But is it ok to eat more just because we cycle daily? Well absolutely not, especially if you plan to become a professional cyclist or want to lose weight.
So make sure you track your calorie intake and the calories you burn and make necessary changes to your diet plan. Are you unable to track your calorie burning while cycling? Consider getting a good GPS device.
Running out of energy while cycling? Re-check your carb intake and eat more if it is too low. Carbs are important because they are the main source of energy for your body. Just make sure you keep an eye on your intake because excess of carbs is stored in the body as fat.
Avoid eating to many carbs at one time. It would be more effective if you divide your total intake into few smaller meals throughout the day.
Eat enough proteins
Why do cyclists need proteins? It is because they enhance your immunity system and enable faster recovery which is actually very important. Proteins are quite filling and will help you maintain a check on your diet.
They also help in faster repairing of tissues. So make sure foods such as beans, eggs, fish, low fat dairy products etc. are part of your daily diet.
Consume the right fats
Fats are also crucial for your body. Confused? Well they are but as long as you eat the right fats. Eating the right fats enhances your performance and helps you manage your weight. Wondering what fats are good? Well unsaturated fats such as Omega 3, Omega 6 and also Omega 9 fats are healthy.
It is saturated fats that are bad for your body. Unsaturated fats help in lowering inflammation in the body. They also keep cholesterol levels in check and keep away heart problems. Make sure you consume around 15-20g of good fat each day.
Consume enough vitamins and minerals
Vitamins come in 2 forms, fat-soluble and water-soluble. Fat soluble vitamins namely A, D, E and K are vitamins are saved by the body but as far as water soluble vitamins are concerned you need to consume on a regular basis. Why is that? It’s because your body uses them up each time you cycle. Minerals like calcium, iron and zinc etc. should also be part of your daily diet but make sure you do not consume too much. Consider eating fruits and vegetables for the right minerals.