Cycling rewards high power and low weight. The problem is, sometimes when you try to lose weight, you end up feeling weaker than you did when you were heavier, simply because you’re running on fumes.
“If we eat less but maintain our workout schedule, our fuel tanks are going to be running low,” says Rob Pickels, a lead exercise physiologist at CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center. “That glycogen depletion can lead to an acute loss of power.”
You have to time your fueling properly—and consume the proper fuel—to prevent that from happening. Here are seven tips to help you ride strong while working toward your ideal cycling weight.