What to Eat Before and After Cycling

nutritionally sound food that you might eat before cycling
I will admit it. I am not a cyclist that can truly say that I eat a nutritionally sound diet. If Cheetos was a sound nutritional food, I would be the best eater in the cycling world. Having said that, I am interested in becoming more nutritionally sound so I set out to research as much as I could about it. Here is a summary of what I found about what to eat before and after cycling.

Cycling is a great way to get exercise and stay healthy. But it's important to eat the right foods before and after your ride to fuel your performance and promote recovery.

What to eat before cycling

The goal of eating before cycling is to provide your body with energy so that you can sustain your effort throughout your ride. You want to eat foods that are easy to digest and that will give you a sustained release of energy.

Some good options for pre-ride meals include:

Oatmeal with fruit and nuts

Yogurt with granola and berries

Whole-wheat toast with peanut butter and banana

Eggs with whole-wheat toast or avocado

Smoothie made with fruit, yogurt, and protein powder

It's important to eat your pre-ride meal 2-3 hours before you start cycling. This will give your body enough time to digest the food and absorb the nutrients.

What to eat after cycling

After cycling, your body needs to replenish its stores of glycogen (the body's stored form of glucose) and protein. Glycogen is the main source of energy for your muscles, and protein is essential for muscle repair and growth.

Some good options for post-ride snacks or meals include:

A banana with a scoop of peanut butter

Yogurt with fruit and granola

Sandwich on whole-wheat bread with lean protein and vegetables

Salad with grilled chicken or fish

Smoothie made with fruit, yogurt, and protein powder

It's important to eat your post-ride snack or meal within 30 minutes of finishing your ride. This will help your body to recover quickly and prevent muscle soreness.

Here are some additional tips for eating before and after cycling:

Listen to your body. If you're feeling hungry, eat something. Don't wait until you're ravenous.

Drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after your ride.

Avoid sugary drinks and processed foods. These foods will give you a quick burst of energy, but they won't last long.

Focus on whole, unprocessed foods. These foods will give you sustained energy and help you to recover from your ride.

By eating the right foods before and after cycling, you can improve your performance, boost your recovery, and stay healthy. So next time you're getting ready for a ride, be sure to fuel your body with the right nutrients.

I guess I better just look the other way when I'm shopping and come to the chips aisle.

Here is my next blog post: Is Cycling a Good Exercise?

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