6 Worst foods to eat on a ride

6 Worst foods to eat on a ride

Stopping to refuel in an effort to quickly satisfy your needs its easy to grab what you love best. However sometimes these can be the worst foods to eat on a ride, and all you need is to understand the balance between eating and cycling.

Make sure you're not packing your pockets or rucksack with these six offenders.

1) Vegetables

They may seem like a great idea at the time. Broccoli, carrots and tomatoes are low in fat and by all means they are healthy. However, they are not substantial enough to restore the energy your body needs to power you through the rest of your ride. These minimum calorie foods will be a short term fix not giving you the long term energy you may need. If you just can't resist the vegetables then make sure you have them with high protein dips such as hummus. If you are looking to cut down on the calories whilst still getting the energy needed to exercise hard then look at our article on 3 tips to maintain energy whilst losing weight.

2) Fizzy drinks

You may be dying of thirst and the thought of gulping down a sugary drink would be better than water, but avoid at all costs. It can be very counter-productive if you are looking to lose weight. Drinks that are very high in sugar will give you an immediate energy spike that will cause you to crash when you jump back on your bike. If you are looking to replenish your electrolytes then tuck into a banana that has high potassium levels and drink some water.

3) Crisps

Having an over salty snack such a crisps during exercise is not advised. They will dehydrate the body causing you to overcompensate with water than can lead to bloating. If you just can't resist the crisps then try and have healthy alternative such as vegetable crisps. These are reduced in salt content and therefore will dehydrate your body less.

4) Chocolate

The short bust of energy given by having a milk chocolate bar will not be sufficient enough to give your muscles the energy they need to keep your going strong. The high sugar content will cause a quick release of every without the carbohydrate your muscles need for slow released energy. It's not all bad news, having dark chocolate (80% cocoa) after your ride can cut down post workout soreness due to the antioxidants contained.

5) Fast foods

It is approximated that the actual meat percentage contained in fast food products varies between 10-16%. Most of the product contains fillers such as water, bone or cartilage that our body is unlikely to use or find beneficial during exercise. Fast foods are high in saturated fats and can contain trans-fat causing your body to become dehydrated and slow down your digestion.

6) Nothing

Eating nothing on a ride is just as bad as eating the above. Your body would have depleted its energy stores and need refuelling. Ignoring this will cause your muscles to become completely fatigued. This can lead to you overusing your muscles which can increase the risk of injury. Always try and consume something if you are going on a long ride, and if you're struggling to know what to eat then check out our 4 slow energy releasing foods.

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Get some magnesium down you. The peanut butter and jam sandwiches are a good shout for energy.

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Well the guys on GCN carry chocolate, so I'm afraid I'll be listening to someone who's won The British Road Racing Championship on that one!!

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Recently I have been fueling my rides with peanut butter and Jam sandwiches, just water in bottles maybe a couple of bananas if a long ride (over 70 miles).

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What is a good food for replacing lost salts?

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"Take vegetable crisps as an alternative"!!! An alternative to what? Potato crisps? I thought a potato was a vegetable!

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Always take an electrolyte sodium mix with you on long rides in the heat it's essential to keep you going , water is not enough .

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If you start cramping on a long ride and have neglected your sodium intake, crisps might be the easily available in many shops you pass option to sorting yourself out...

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