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Big or Little Pre-Hike Breakfast?

I am trying to lose weight and boost my stamina for a hike to Colorado next year. Should I eat a big breakfast for a three-day hike to the Porcupine Mountains, or a smaller breakfast and rely on my fat reserves to help burn off the weight?

Question:

I am trying to lose weight and boost my stamina for a hike to Colorado next year. Should I eat a big breakfast for a three-day hike to the Porcupine Mountains, or a smaller breakfast and rely on my fat reserves to help burn off the weight?

Submitted by - David, Oregon, IL

Answer:

Although people have done it, it’s not wise to attempt to lose weight out there on the trail. Maximize your strength and vitality by eating well on hikes, and save the weight loss program for home. Otherwise you could end up pooped, weak, and in trouble–and far from home.

1 Comment

  1. sierracanon

    When I did the High Sierra Trail a couple of summers ago, I didn’t carry nearly enough food, and was starved all the time. I was probably running a 2000 calorie-per-day deficit, and was routinely bonking mid-afternoon. This summer’s JMT hike was much better fueled, and much more enjoyable. A long hike is NOT the place to diet. Take the highest quality food you can take (that doesn’t mean eight pounds of Snickers bars).

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