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    I enjoy cycling but seem to eat more afterwards... should I cycle before or after eating ?

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    Jarrod Wilson

    Exercise Physiologist
    I have been a practising Exercise Physiologist in Tasmania now for 16 months. Prior to this I completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science at the ... View Profile
    This all depends on how much and how soon you eat before cycling. I would recommend having a snack before you go out riding; just enough to fuel your ride. So an appropriate pre and post-exercise snack would be yoghurt, nuts, fruit or something similar. Then you won't be as hungry after you finish - Obviously what you eat post workout too is really important if you are trying to control your weight. Overall, cycling is very safe, enjoyable and effective and therefore excellent for losing weight, so I'd definitely encourage you to persist with it!  
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    thank you Jarrod for your quick response - much appreciated i forgot to ask about fluids
    what fluids should i drink before the ride  so as not to dehydrate eg if one cycles for 20 minutes in moderate temperatures thank you
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    Jarrod Wilson

    Exercise Physiologist
    I have been a practising Exercise Physiologist in Tasmania now for 16 months. Prior to this I completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science at the ... View Profile
    If it's only 20 mins you cycle for and the climate is not too hot, I doubt you would get dehydrated unless your fluid intake is very low from day to day. If you know you are going for a ride, I would just recommend drinking a little more prior to your ride but not a whole lot just before you walk out the door! so say you go for a ride in the afternoon, drink 6-7 cups of water in the morning and you should be fine!
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    thank you Jarrod
    with that advice it looks like i am ready to go !
    all the best john
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    Jarrod Wilson

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    I have been a practising Exercise Physiologist in Tasmania now for 16 months. Prior to this I completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science at the ... View Profile
    No worries! good luck with it.. I hope you enjoy cycling as much as I do!

    cheers.
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    John Toomey

    Exercise Physiologist
    I have a fairly unique set of skills in Wellness, Preventative Health, Longevity and Life Education, having authored Australia's first Wellness Leadership Course in 2001. ... View Profile
    Cycling is great for Weight Loss, but there is cycling and then there is cruising along on a bike. It is important to ride at a “huff and puff” workload. So this means either riding on hilly terrain, or riding at speed along flat terrain. I believe velodromes are excellent for cycling to gain fitness and reduce weight. They are safe, away from traffic and you can plan out intervals where you mix riding fast with cruising to recover. 30 to 60 minutes of this type of exercise is excellent for fitness and for weight loss. There are velodromes that are accessable in most cities.
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