THe BEST Diet to maximize your SPINNING class!
Water keeps you hydrated, removes toxins from your organs and replaces lost sweat. You should drink water before, during and after your SPINNING class. Aim for approximately 8 oz. before your class, and an additional 32 ounces or more for an SPIN class that lasts 45 minutes to an hour. If you’re taking a class longer than an hour, an energy drink with electrolytes and 7 percent or less of carbohydrates is a good option. Neglecting to stay sufficiently hydrated limits your energy and performance and may result in heat exhaustion and cramps. Coffee, alcohol and drinks with high sugar content should be avoided.
Eat Lean Protein
Consume Complex Carbohydrates
About 60 percent of your calories should come from carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are needed sources of high energy when vigorously cycling. Complex carbohydrates such as pasta, grains, potatoes and dried beans replenish fatigued muscles and supply energy during and after the workout. Avoid sugary, sweet foods. They are not a good source of sustainable energy.
Include Healthy Fats
Your body needs unsaturated fats such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These fats help to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. When your body doesn’t get the fat it needs, it holds on to the fat it has. Therefore, supplying your body with healthy fats like nuts, seeds, olives and avocados helps your body to burn fat. Avoid all foods containing hydrogenated oils, as they are typically low in fiber and nutrition, but high in calories.
- No seconds…eat your serving and call it quits
- No alcohol on Monday through Thursday
- Crave sweets? Try a healthy dessert: apricots, blackberries,etc.
- Need a cocktail? Try club soda, juice of half a lime, splash of cranberry
Obviously SPINNING is the best…..but think about adding more “steps” to your daily calorie burn. Little things add up:
- Park at the farthest end of the parking lot
- Take the stairs, not the escalator / elevator
- Pick one errand a week you can walk to
- Take the dog for a longer walk than usual
SEE YOU ON THE BIKE!!! Try a SUUNTO HR – IN the ZONE ride this week