Kara’s Got History with Lance Armstrong? 3 Comments/in Nutrition /by Chris and Kara MohrDid you watch any of the insanely exciting Tour de France race over the last few weeks… …more than an impressive feat, it’s almost super human how these athletes ride for 2,263 miles, about 100 or so per day, in terrain that would "break" most in a matter of minutes. Cobblestone roads. Up miles (and miles) of hills in elevation. Speeds of 60+ mph. Enjoy cycling or not, it’s truly impressive. And how about this, Kara went to high school with Lance Armstrong in Texas and dated his best friend at the time. So her and her friend used to double date with Lance and his… …and then she ended up with someone who doesn’t ride 2200 miles in a race, but instead talks about the nutrition and hydration associated with those who do. Did you know the Tour de France athletes eat around 7,000-10,000 calories each day JUST to try to recover and prepare for the next day? Why is this important? Think about how much training these guys are doing — 100+ miles each day, occasionally hitting 60-65 mph, climbing enormous hills… …and that’s all they eat. I say "that’s all" because now think about how much activity YOU do each day compared to how much you eat. It’s easy to "out eat" your exercise. Maybe you’re working to lose fat at boot camp, maybe you train at the gym for 30-60 minutes each day, or maybe you do yoga or some other activity. Then you sit. For the rest of the day. So how many calories do you think YOU need each day? With nearly 70% of the population overweight or obese, the amount of calories eaten is way more than what’s actually needed.