Frank wrote this training tip 14 years ago but still coaches athletes to this day about making better food choices to achieve healthy sustainable weight loss and ultimately a change in the athlete’s lifestyle. Recently Frank completed the 14 Day Conscious Cleanse. Stay tuned for what he learned. To talk with Frank about your cycling and losing weight, please call 720.406.7444 or fill out a New Athlete Questionnaire to set up a Coaching Consultation. Otherwise you can find him riding and eating healthy in Boulder, CO.
The popular low-carb diets (such as Atkins or Paleo) modify a true keto diet. But they come with the same risks if you overdo it on fats and proteins and lay off the carbs. So why do people follow the diets? "They're everywhere, and people hear anecdotally that they work," McManus says. Theories about short-term low-carb diet success include lower appetite because fat burns slower than carbs. "But again, we don't know about the long term," she says. "And eating a restrictive diet, no matter what the plan, is difficult to sustain. Once you resume a normal diet, the weight will likely return."
These recommended at-home Pilates exercises for those who want to lose weight include moves you might recognize from traditional fitness. Pilates has strong roots in gymnastics and calisthenics so don’t be surprised if you recognize the choreography. Try a few if you are just beginning Pilates or looking to supplement your cardio workouts with some resistance training to boost your weight loss results.
Cut out or at least cut way down on wheat and dairy. This is due to the way they are manufactured these days more so than anything. There are entire books written on this. Because of genetic engineering of wheat, there are tens of brand new gluten proteins created that our bodies don’t know how to process. This is causing symptoms like brain fog, irritability, fatigue, bloating, digestion issues and weight gain. No thanks! Dairy is also a very common irritant to many that don’t realize it. There are so many healthy alternatives these days that it’s not hard to go dairy and wheat free. It has made a huge difference for many of my clients as well as for myself.
How: Anchor the rope at its centre 15-20 feet away. Take an end in each hand with your arms extended at your side. Initiate the movement by rapidly raising one arm to shoulder level as quickly as you can. As you let that arm drop to the starting position, raise the opposite side. Continue alternating your left and right arms, whipping the ropes up and down as fast as you can.
Three times a week, do the exercises here back-to-back without resting. Warm up by holding plank pose for two minutes, then do up to three circuits (beginners, start with one circuit and build up). Use a lighter kettlebell -- like four pounds -- until you get the hang of the moves, then go heavier; always choose a weight that you can control, though. No bell? Use a five- to eight-pound dumbbell instead.
"Increase the length of both the work and rest intervals," says Roberts. "A good example would be to work hard for 45 seconds then rest for 90 seconds, repeating for 8-10 rounds. Another good fat loss option is to do an exercise such as a kettlebell swing for a set number of repetitions every minute, on the minute (EMOM). This means you complete 15-20 repetitions at the start of a timed minute and then rest for the remainder of the minute. Start the next set at the top of the following minute and repeat for 15-20 rounds. In a similar way to the shorter workout above, these slightly longer sessions will create a high metabolic demand meaning you’ll be burning energy for quite some time after you have finished your training."
Now, there’s even evidence that a low-carb, high-fat regimen (as the keto diet is) helps you live longer, compared to a low-fat diet. In a study by the medical journal The Lancet that studied more than 135,000 adults from 18 countries, high carbohydrate intake was associated with higher risk of total mortality, whereas total fat and individual types of fat were related to lower total mortality. Total fat and types of fat were not associated with cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction or cardiovascular disease mortality.
Unfortunately cycling, or any exercise, isn’t free rein to be able to eat whatever you want. Even if you are putting in 10 hours plus each week on the bike, it takes depressingly few biscuits, cakes or takeaways to nullify the calories you have burnt while riding. You are probably looking about 10 minutes of riding per chocolate digestive and more than two hours for a typical Indian takeaway. Exercise is certainly a key component in healthy weight loss but, without keeping a close eye on your diet, isn’t enough on its own.
Do it right: The obvious: "Leaning on the handles can cut your caloric expenditure by 20 percent or more," warns Mike Merk, C.S.C.S., director of the YMCA of Greater Cleveland. So, for a better calorie burn, pump your arms as if you were walking or running briskly. Or you can just turn around. A study in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation found that the retrograde version—facing away from the console—burned more calories than the traditional method.
High-protein ketogenic diet (HPKD): This version of the keto diet is often followed by folks who want to preserve their muscle mass like bodybuilders and older people. Rather than protein making up 20 percent of the diet, here it’s 30 percent. Meanwhile, fat goes down to 65 percent of the diet and carbs stay at 5 percent. (Caution: folks with kidney issues shouldn’t up their protein too much.)
Plan some rewards for your hard work. For example, give yourself a reward when you have ridden your first 100 miles. And the first 200 … and so on. Pick a reward you like that will not actively sabotage your goals! For example, reward yourself with a puppy when you hit 1,000 miles. That way, you will have to start doing some walking as well! My dogs cause me to go for a walk every single morning, which has to be a good thing.
Some exercisers use recumbent bikes at the gym, preferring the reclined body position to an upright position that is typical in standard cycles. However, some riders choose a recumbent bike for their outdoor ride. These bikes allow you to sit closer to the ground, generally have a wider saddle, and are generally better able to accommodate riders with back problems. However, because of their low profile, these bikes can be more difficult (and less safe) to ride in traffic. So consider where you plan to ride before investing in this style of bicycle.
Too many cyclists try to lose weight during the season when performance, recovery, and reducing inflammation are critical and require proper nutrition. “The base season, when people don’t care how fast they go, is the time to go to ‘food jail’ and lose your weight,” Goglia says. You might even consider completing your base season a few pounds below race weight so you have room to fully support the nutritional demands of your season.
More and more people are noticing unwanted symptoms from the overconsumption of gluten. You don't have to have a gluten allergy in order to limit how much processed wheat you're eating, and the results may have some benefit. Limiting gluten will naturally decrease how much processed foods, bread and baked goods you're consuming. On the bike, it will also help you from feeling bloated during hard efforts. If you have noticed problems similar to these, you might want to also look for energy bars that are gluten-free or try bringing food such as bananas, oranges or potatoes instead.