Our expert says:
Seeing that you BMI = 22,3 which is ideal for an adult women of your height, I don't think you have a weight problem. The slight gain in weight you may have experienced could be due to the development of additional muscle tissue which weighs more than fat tissue. If you are doing such a large amount of strenuous exercise and cycling 200 km per week, you are going to need energy to fuel your physical activity. Bread and carbohydrates are our best source of fuel, so it is natural that your body craves carbs to sustain your performance. To ensure that you don't gain weight, be careful what you eat WITH the carbs. Don't smother the bread in margarine, butter, or other fatty spread and don't have fatty dressings and sauces with other carbs such as pasta, brown rice and sweet potatoes for example. If you are not planning to become an elite athlete, I would recommend that you eat a balanced, low-fat, high-carb diet. I have written many articles on the subject of diets for sportsmen and women. Click on 'DietnFood' at the top of this page and then on 'DietDoc's articles' and read the articles on diets for sportsmen and women. There is also info on the Fitness site. Click on 'Fitness' at the top of this page and then on 'Nutrition'.
Enjoy your walking and your cycling
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