Vegetarian Cycling Diet For Riders Who Say A Big “NO” To Meat
This article is especially for riders who are vegetarian and do not include nonvegetarian diet in their vegetarian cycling diet. I have a lot of rider friends who are on the verge of making nonvegetarian food a big taboo. If you take a look at our country India, a lot of people do not intake any nonvegetarian food in their diet plan. This is primarily because of religious bounds and beliefs. However, no offense to anyone here. I wanted to layout a simple vegetarian plan for all my fellow riders.
“A lot of people who are vegetarian and are expert in this field like my rider friend Dr. Ajay Jain (A Leading Physiotheraphist) contributed to the making of this article”
Furthermore, Dr, Ajay Jain says there is a thumb rule of cycling diet plan. He put’s it very eloquently as he says “Thumb rule of Vegetarian Cycling Diet is simple carbs before workout and amino during workout protein after workout then complex carb post your cycling plan”.
Indian Food Habits
He also insists on not taking any complex carbs during the workout. I have seen a lot of my cycling friends who ride around the city and then have complex carbs breakfast. (We Indians really can’t live without Samosa, Poha, shakes and Kachori, Damn! Where is the laughing smiley)
“Furthermore, the doctor suggests that sugar should be avoided if u want to derive more power from muscles. Black unflavoured chocolate is more healthy energy source than dairy milk because later has sugars in high quantities”
Note: The black unflavoured chocolate is available at almost all good bakeries. The brand Morde is brand that you should look for as it’s good and slab can be used multiple times and is affordable. Sushil Soni an experienced cyclist from Jaipur suggested this which is used by many.
Vegetarian diet suggested by Dr, Ajay Jain is mentioned below.
Take simple carbs like include any fruits before you ride.
Amino rich products like BCAA, amino acids majorly supplements can be taken during the ride.
Protein-rich products like Whey, Paneer, Tofu, Boiled Pulses once you finish your ride.
Avoid complex carbs like chapati, rice and almost every complex carb food that we Indians love. Avoid street food at any cost.
Pro’ & Con’s Of Vegetarian Cycling Diet
If you are wondering if the vegetarian cycling diet that you have chosen is good for you or not? Here are the Pros & Con’s.
Pros of a Vegetarian Diet
- Vegetarian people have a longer lifespan as proven and suggested by a lot of studies.
- Vegetarians have a lower risk of developing any heart disease. Almost 32% less as per studies.
- People who are vegetarian have a lower risk of developing cancer, Especially breast, bowel, and prostate cancer.
- Veg diets are more economical as compared with non-vegetarian diets and hence saves a lot of money.
- It is better for the environment as livestock farming is responsible for 15% of greenhouse gas emissions.
“Hang on now, just hang on! it has some cons as well”
Cons Of a Vegetarian Diet
Vegetarian diet lack nutrients. You should have a plan in place for compensating lack of certain things found in nonvegetarian diets. Else, you can fall short on protein, iron, zinc, omega-3s, and, for vegans, calcium and vitamin B12.
Plant-based diets are not very calorie-dense. So you may unintentionally eat too few calories to fuel your cycling.
“That’s all that there is folks when it comes to vegetarian diet for my cycling buddies” Now the coice is yours!
The debate is long and never-ending. So with few, I would agree to disagree and with few, I will agree with the most. However, the simple philosophy when it comes to extracting maximum performance while cycling as per my conversation with a lot of prominent people in the fitness industry is……!
- Hydration support should be proper and should be available all the time.
- You need to get a sound sleep before your commence your ride.
- You need to take care of your meals, they should be timely and following products in the articles.
- Consume less sugar and salts as they tend to induce lethargy in your body.
- Don’t consume too much oil, however, always remember that fats are a must.
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