I have never tracked what I eat very closely but I have always been aware of the amount of fat that I consume (20%-30% of calories). This winter, I started tracking both my calories consumed and expended and it has been educational. The software that I am using (Lose It! for the iPhone) also tracks the breakdown of carbohydrates, fat and protein.
Most startling, on days where I burn lots of calories exercising I do not consume enough calories. If left on my own, I would under eat by about 800-1200 calories. On the following days, I found I was over eating by 200-440 calories. It would all even out but it probably hindered my recovery and performance in the short-term.
With this knowledge, I now plan to eat an amount consistent with my exercise. I have also focused on eating more protein as I was on the low side which probably also affected my recovery. I feel better and I think that my workouts have been more consistent.
Tracking what I eat has also changed what I eat. I have been much more disciplined in eating foods that support my need for protein as well as cutting out the junk. It does not stop me from eating a 600 calorie blondie but it does make me eat other things to provide balance in my diet.
It has been an interesting exercise and I recommend that you give it a try for a while. It does take some discipline but I find it worthwhile.
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The cycling season already seems well underway with many people out riding regularly. In addition, a few of our group are already planning for their first race in a few weeks. With snow falling daily this all seems hard to believe but warmer and hopefully dryer weather are not far off.