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Primal for cycling: how to train, what to eat.

Answered on October 07, 2013
Created October 06, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Hi to everyone here.

I have a few questions concerning paleo, cycling, and weightloss. A bit of backstory: Since incorporating primal into my life, I've obviously had to refine certain beliefs - y'know the type: saturated fat is evil, girls shouldn't lift because they'll get buff, etc. So now, my questions may seem simplistic; questions a beginner would ask when they just start their sport out. It's not that way: I've been cycling most of my (short) life, and have only in the past year simultaneously quit competitive racing and taken up primal eating. I've always had a bit of a belly, despite cycling absolutely loads and following a "healthy" diet, but I only really noticed when I became a teenager. Disgusted with my body, I began to notoriously cut calories and increase cardio for the sake of losing my belly. I never did, and soon cycling became a means of burning calories and fat instead of a healthy, enjoyable exercise. How sad. When I was 14, I decided that I didn't enjoy cycling any more and quit. I don't know whether it was because I was trying to race a growing body on 1500 kcal or less per day, but I became slower and slower and more and more tired; it was just a task instead of a good environment. Like I said, I adopted VLC primal, and lost weight after two weeks; fwlt great. Spoilt it with a trip to the cinema, a full tub of ice cream, and two big bars of chocolate. became a slave to fat-and-sugar, and ended up with a BED. That's all gone, thank Christ, but I'm still overweight, and trying to lose. Though I'm eating well now, and hopefully my body will regulate itself, as I'm growing and all. I've grown about 2 cup sizes in a year-and-a-half, and have finally grown upwards! (and outwards, it seems...) I'm 15 years old, 5'4", and god knows how heavy. I have a solid frame, though. I'm lifting weights, I'm strong. I eat primal - only just started incorporating more fruit and starchy carbs. However! I think I want to race again. Mountain biking, that is. Specifically. Yet I know the stance on "CC". I suppose cycling would be classed as CC; what with the general consensus being "miles miles miles!!!!1". But the type of racing I'd like to do is around 60-90 minutes long, and with bursts - as we'd be climbing hills and descending. So: how do I train, primally, for a mountain bike race? Intervals, long rides, what? How can I incorporate primal eating into an athlete's diet? Any primal cyclists out there? Ones who race? Are long rides really necessary, or will intervals, short hard rides, and weightlifting suffice? I think I want to lose weight before I start to cycle again. a) to prove I can, and b) because cycling makes me really hungry and I'd end up eating more carbs and probably not lose weight. I'm working on that (check my journal) and I could really use some advice for it all.

What type of diet would you recommend for a 15 year old overweight girl? i could post how I eat now and get advice from it? Thanks :3

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on October 06, 2013
at 08:53 PM

I've tried. I've also showed her MDA articles, as well as some by Zoe Harcombe and Gary Taubes. I dislike conflict (aka I hate it and will do anything at all to keep everything chilled), but if it arises again I know where to go :3

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on October 06, 2013
at 08:51 PM

Library visit is in order. Several modern Cholesterol myth busting books are on the shelves, have you Mom read one. Malcom Kendrick, Uffe Ravnskov and several others having written great books.

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on October 06, 2013
at 08:44 PM

Thanks:, appreciated :) the only reason why I eat so much fruit and carbs etc is because my mum still believes that saturated fat is evil; therefore I can only make it a certain part of my day. I'll try and convince her again...and I'll use the tracker. :)

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on October 06, 2013
at 08:38 PM

I'd ditch the fruit, nuts, natural bar, potatoes, rice, etc. for a few weeks until you see some positive results on the weight. Check your total caloric intake vs. the charts that tell you what you should be eating - not on a daily basis but just to get an idea of what you are taking in. I like using Paleotrack which is a free website similar to cron-o-meter and several others, but this one is Paleo geared. More fat & protein. . . lose the carbs for now, your body makes carbs as needed from the other food. pre gym how about some home made beef jerky!!! Grass fed!!!

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on October 06, 2013
at 08:11 PM

yes, post your eating plan.

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on October 07, 2013
at 03:04 PM

@EnglishRose I'm not sure how much I weigh. However, when I was at my thinnest and competing at a high level, I was around 140 pounds. I have a large frame and carry quite a bit of muscle; I probably have more muscle than a lot of boys my age.

Despite this, I still have an overfat stomach; but I wasn't sure whether or not it would regulate itself if I just eat good, nutritional food. I've been advised by some online to just eat healthily (not to worry about carbs or calories at the time being) and exercise, and I'll lose weight as I grow. However, no one will be able to tell unless I upload a picture, really...

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on October 07, 2013
at 11:22 AM

I think you're eating a really good diet. I don't know your weight but are you sure you are overweight? When I was 14 I went from 84 pounds to 126 pounds in one year as I went from child to woman - huge weight gain for one year but I wasn't fat. I was just a normal woman's weight. The body changes a lot at your age and it can be more important to eat good foods and move around than worry too much about whether you're 28 pounds more than other people in your class at school.

on the other hand if you are something like 160 pounds then yes you could do with losing some weight and you might want to give up all dairy, chocolate and the potatoes and rice and also carrots (as they are higher carb than some veg) and see if you lose weight.

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on October 06, 2013
at 08:29 PM

Hey, thanks for the answer :) I'll post my eating plan here (because it won't let me comment for some reason)

Breakfast: 3 eggs cooked in 14g grass-fed butter, 2 slices of bacon

Lunch: differs. Usually protein (chicken, beef, lamb, fish) 4oz or so, with 1/2 avocado and carrots. Piece of fruit.

pre-gym/after-school snack: 30g dark chocolate (85% usually)/a piece of fruit/ nuts/ a natural bar (dried fruit and nuts)

Dinner: protein (5-6oz) and veg, with potatoes or rice (only just started incorporating the latter)

Dessert: berries and full fat Greek yoghurt

What do you think? What would you change?

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on October 06, 2013
at 08:38 PM

I'd ditch the fruit, nuts, natural bar, potatoes, rice, etc. for a few weeks until you see some positive results on the weight. Check your total caloric intake vs. the charts that tell you what you should be eating - not on a daily basis but just to get an idea of what you are taking in. I like using Paleotrack which is a free website similar to cron-o-meter and several others, but this one is Paleo geared. More fat & protein. . . lose the carbs for now, your body makes carbs as needed from the other food. pre gym how about some home made beef jerky!!! Grass fed!!!

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on October 06, 2013
at 08:15 PM

I am as far away from being a 15 year old girl as you can get, however if it was me I'd concentrate on the weight loss and forget the cycling for the moment. I'd do some high intensity short duration weight lifting, 1-2 times a week and maybe some short sprints and rest on the bike or running. Take it easy on all of that. Then eat fats, protein & lower amounts of carbs (enough to sustain energy for exercise). Eat plenty of veggies as well. When you get the weight moving in the right direction go back to training.

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