Fueling the Long Loop Ahead

Alicia Fogarty is a registered dietician with Carolinas Healthcare Systems. She works with participants in the Carolinas Cancer Wellness Program, and graciously agreed to write a series of blog posts that will help you fuel up for 24 Foundation! Check the blog weekly for tips on how to properly fuel your body for the ride ahead. 

With 24 Foundation around the corner, training properly to help you meet your performance goals are probably in the forefront of your mind. Developing a training regimen to get you in shape – check!, having the right bike and equipment to ride your best – check!, having a food plan to help you perform you best…umm, maybe check?

A lot of recreational exercisers (and even some competitive ones) focus their efforts on the exercise itself with sometimes little time investment of thought into their eating habits. In doing this you are missing out on a valuable opportunity to meet your body’s nutritional needs for health and wellness, but also missing out on fueling yourself properly to perform your best.

In my practice I regularly have clients come to me with their exercise regimen in place and they are doing well with it, but they can’t quite figure out the food part. Some are having a hard time losing weight despite all of the exercise they are doing. Some complain of having a hard time with having energy during their exercise session or at certain times during the day. Keep in mind that each person is an individual and each person’s goals and needs are different. Over the next few weeks, we will take a look at some of these issues together.