Here are the Top 10 Ride Your Way Lean Eating rules! Following these rules will help you lose weight while eating healthy, natural foods. Author and cyclist Selene Yeager has written what many people believe is the definitive book on how to lose weight with cycling. The book includes 10 simple rules that will help most people lose some weight as they ride their way lean. Yeager’s Ride Your Way Lean: The Ultimate Plan for Burning Fat and Getting Fit on a Bike has tons of useful information in it, including cycling drills and exercises to help you get lean.
In this post, for your convenience, I’ve highlighted just the top 10 ride your way lean eating rules.
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Rule 1 of the Top 10 Ride Your Way Lean Eating Rules:
Eat breakfast (preferably including an egg or two).
Rule 2 of the Top 10 Ride Your Way Lean Eating Rules:
Eat often (keep the furnace burning!).
Note: I don’t actually agree with this rule. It might be fine if you are young and fit. But if you have any kind of insulin resistance, eating often is just going to make things worse. You don’t need to be pumping insulin into your blood every two hours. If you carry any extra weight and are worried that you might be insulin resistant, I would suggest you ignore this one. Contrary to what most of us believe, it is good for us to take a few hours’ break from eating.
Rule 3 of the Top 10 Ride Your Way Lean Eating Rules:
Eat real food (foods that you “recognize as part of an animal or plant” – what part of what animal is a doughnut?)
Rule 4: More Protein and Fat, Less Carbs
Eat more protein and fat, and relatively less carbs. Although it’s definitely not a low-carb Atkins kind of diet. She suggests: carbs – 50%; fats – 30%; protein – 20%.
Note: In my own experience, if you usually have a lot of problems losing weight, try taking the carbs lower than that. As in, way lower. Personally, as a mature woman with insulin resistance, I cannot lose weight on anything more than 20% carbs. I make up the shortfall in fats. And I try to get most of those carbs from vegetables.
Rule 5 of the Top 10 Ride Your Way Lean Eating Rules: Good Fat Does NOT Make You Fat
Good fat does not make you fat! (This is the single biggest MYTH that messes up people’s nutrition.) Think avocados, salmon, eggs, sardines, nuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, etc. Simply sprinkling seeds on your salads is a quick and easy way to get your Omega 3’s from a natural food sauce, rather than a pill. We personally eat this flax and chia combo every single day.
Rule 6: Choose Your Carbs Wisely
The carbs you eat should be fiber-rich, such as fruits and veggies.
Note: Especially veggies, as many fruits can spike your blood sugar. If you must have fruits, try to stick to berries.
Rule 7 of the Top 10 Ride Your Way Lean Eating Rules: Do Not Eat THESE Carbs
Nix carbs that end in “ini” – such as fettuccini, linguini, rotini, etc. (and pasta in general).
Note: We found a GREAT alternative – make your own noodles out of zucchini. We bought a handy little gadget that transforms zucchini into zoodles. Then we just nuke it for 2 minutes, and we have a handy substitute for noodles. You still have something to eat with your fresh vegetable sauces, but instead of maxing out the carbs, you are maxing out the nutrients and fiber.
Rule 8: Be Kind to Yourself
Ditch the all or nothing thinking – one mistake should not lead to a “well I blew it so let’s go crazy” kind of day.
Rule 9: Macro-Nutrients
Maximize your macro-nutrients (the foods your body really needs).
Rule 10: Timing is Crucial
Time your eating intelligently (the book has a whole lot of really good information about timing your eating around workouts).
Note: Speaking of timing, we have had great success with intermittent fasting. Since we switched to only eating between 11 and 7, we have lost 55 pounds (combined, over three months).
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Bottom Line on the Top 10 Ride Your Way Lean Eating Rules
Yeager’s Ride Your Way Lean program works: a combination of the eating program, the exercises, and the cycling drills will certainly enable most people to get leaner, lighter, and stronger, and cycle faster than ever! My advice would be: go ahead and buy Yeager’s Ride Your Way Lean: The Ultimate Plan for Burning Fat and Getting Fit on a Bike – you’ve got nothing to lose but your belly!
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