When hiking in the mountains everyone loses weight, always! So this one is for brides who aren’t afraid to step into the wild. I haven’t seen a single person on any hike who wouldn’t have lost weight. It is not surprising, because the conditions are such that the body still loses weight, even when it isn’t necessary.
The minimum hike time per day is about 6 hours, the max I’ve had was 17, though I was dead after that and slept all day… Plus you’re carrying a heavy backpack. The food on the hike is mainly limited by the ability of the person to carry the weight, so the average between quantity and quality is calculated. Basically we take those products where you can pour boiling water and that’s it, but do take into account the practicality, otherwise bad food in the mountains makes you feel worse. I remember how bad it was after quick noodles. In general, we try not to take such tasty muck.
Here is an example of a diet for a day:
Breakfast: 200-250 ml. (premade) Sweet oatmeal with a spoon of dry milk, sugar or honey, a pair of cookies, tea.
Lunch: also 200-250 ml. (premade) buckwheat or mashed potatoes, you can add soy meat, with a spoon of oil, spices, salt, croutons or crackers, tea.
Dinner is the same as lunch.
If the hike was very long, the dinner is combined with lunch and just given a larger portion.
Between meals, and especially if a long transition, you need to eat something sweet-caramels, biscuits, glucose, dried fruits, chocolate. It helps to remove weakness, sugar quickly enters the blood and there is strength to go further.
As you can see, the diet is quite caloric products, but their number and physical loads are such that weightloss is inevitable. In winter hikes because of the cold weight is lost even more rapidly, so the guys take with them more melted oil to avoid becoming walking skeletons. I haven’t gone on any winter mega hikes, but I think it is still ahead.