Sit on the mat with your knees bent, toes together, and knees apart so you can see your ankles. "Dive" your hands between your legs, and wind them around to the outsides of your ankles, one palm on the outside of each ankle (A). Lift your feet off the mat, and balance on your tail with your abdominals scooped, inner thighs engaged, and biceps firing (B). Inhale with control, and deepen your abs to initiate rolling back onto your upper back. Exhale to roll back up to balance on your tail. Try three simple seals, staying centered on your mat and deepening your abs with each roll. Next add two or three claps of your "flippers" (that is, opening and closing your legs from your deep powerhouse muscles) as you balance on your tail, and add two or three flipper claps as you balance on the backs of your shoulders—never allowing the weight of your body to rest on your neck (C and D). Roll like a seal six times.
Keep up electrolytes. The major electrolytes in our bodies are sodium, potassium and magnesium. Because a low carb diet (especially a keto diet!) reduces the amount of water you store, this can flush out electrolytes and make you feel sick (called “keto flu”). This is temporary, but you can avoid or eliminate it by salting your food liberally, drinking broth (especially bone broth), and eating pickled vegetables. Some people also choose to take supplements for electrolytes, but it’s best to first consult a doctor that understands and supports keto/low carb lifestyles.
Unfortunately, hard training and calorie restriction don’t go well together. Cycling, especially at higher intensities, requires fuel and, if enough fuel isn’t provided, the quality of and the progress yielded by training will be compromised. To lose weight, the best time to do it is during a period when your training load is relatively low and you aren’t focussing on high intensity sessions. The off-season is probably the best time to try and shed a few pounds.
The first modern study of fasting as a treatment for epilepsy was in France in 1911. Twenty epilepsy patients of all ages were "detoxified" by consuming a low-calorie vegetarian diet, combined with periods of fasting and purging. Two benefited enormously, but most failed to maintain compliance with the imposed restrictions. The diet improved the patients' mental capabilities, in contrast to their medication, potassium bromide, which dulled the mind.
Chickpeas are naturally high in carbs — a single cup contains 45 grams of carbohydrates.31 However, you can modify the recipe to make it more nutritious. Try this recipe from Pete Evans, which replaces the chickpeas with beetroot.32 Beware, though, that beets have the highest sugar content of all vegetables, so consume them in very controlled amounts.
As with anything, if you aren’t having fun you’re less likely to stick with cycling over the long run. Since losing weight is about consistency, it’s important to make sure you enjoy your rides as much as possible. Pick scenic routes or trails that allow you to relieve stress and enjoy your ride. Riding with friends or family members, joining a like-minded cycling club or trying indoor rides on a virtual cycling program are all options that can help you have fun on the bike and make your workout routine seem less like a chore. After all, the more you ride the more calories you’ll burn.
But when it comes to which type of cardio is best for burning fat, you have to decide which lean body type you’re going for. “If you train like a distance runner, you’ll get a distance runner’s body: little muscle, very lean from lots of miles logged at relatively slower paces,” explains Chris Ryan, C.S.C.S., a physical trainer and the founder of Chris Ryan Fitness. “If you train like a sprinter—short, high-intensity workouts—you’ll get a sprinter’s body with muscle growth and fat loss.”
Regular strength training will increase your lean muscle mass. The more lean muscle mass you have, the faster your metabolism will operate and the more calories your body will burn. Squatting is a great strength-training exercise that targets your lower back, glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves. Stand straight with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding a barbell behind your neck. Inhale through your nose, keep your chest up, squeeze your core and slowly lower your hips until your knees are bent at 90-degree angles. Your knees should not protrude over your toes. Exhale and raise your hips back to the starting position. Perform four sets of eight repetitions. If you cannot perform each rep with perfect form, use a lighter weight. Rest one minute between each set.
Also, consider supplementing with the amino acid leucine, as it can be broken down directly into acetyl-CoA, making it one of the most important ketogenic amino acids in the body. While most other amino acids are converted into glucose, the acetyl-CoA formed from leucine can be used to make ketone bodies. It’s also present in keto friendly foods like eggs and cottage cheese.
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.
Research shows that social support—especially having a workout buddy or two—dramatically increases the likelihood that you’ll stick with your routine, and consistency is key to improving your fitness and shedding unwanted weight. Cycling is such a social sport that, like herds of buffalo and flocks of geese, there’s even a special name for a group of us: a peloton. It doesn’t take more than a quick search to find local cycling clubs where you can meet riders of the same fitness and ability levels to pedal with.