The physicality of cycling demands so many calories to burn. If the training is the preparation, then the foods selected are the necessary tools. The common food group used as fuel is carbohydrates but for such a demanding activity, fats may be the appropriate choice.
The fats stored under the layers of your skin can be very much used as fuel for the cycling activity. If you feast on food with high-fat contents, according to studies, you are likely to be more energized and can maintain the training pace for longer periods.
Fats as Carbohydrate Replacement
When you do cycling, you are burning the fats in your body first and that’s why they are effective for losing excessive weight. With that logic, fatty foods, if taken strategically, are a good measure of providing energy than carbohydrates.
They tend to burn longer and therefore ideal in an endurance battle. Sources of ‘good’ fat can very much replace the use of carbohydrates and still have the same or even better effect on performance level.
Foods that Contain ‘Good’ Fats
- Oily Fish
- Coconut Oil (Raw Virgin)
- Olive Oil (Unheated)
Do not worry about eating foods that are high sources of fat. As long as you are cycling, you are burning them all efficiently. However, be cautious still on the calorie count.