This post repeatedly uses "2×4" when referring to food eaten on a long, multiday tour. I suspect it's a shorthand for nutritional guidelines when planning meals but it's hard to Google for. What does this refer to?

Our route headed past Devil’s Punch Bowl and climbed into the clouds powered by the 2×4 of eggs, hashbrowns, bacon and stack of pancakes


  • Four items x two serves – andy256 Nov 4 '15 at 21:15
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's about road food, not about bikes. – RoboKaren Nov 11 '15 at 3:33

It's the ratio of protein to carbs

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  • Aha that makes sense but why is it not "reduced"? Is it 2 servings of protein and 4 of carbs? I'm obviously not looking for actionable nutritional advice just curious! – michiakig Nov 4 '15 at 12:57
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    Can you explain that and maybe link to some details please. I still have no idea how the numbers translate to anything I could do. – Móż Nov 4 '15 at 20:47
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    Yes, they mean servings and I assume they don't reduce it because it's an easy way to remember. "Build a foundation for your ride" type thing. First understand that fueling is different for everyone. There's always some trial and error til you find out what works best for you. Personally, I can't eat as big a breakfast as they mention in the article but the ratio of proteins and carbs is similar. Just a smaller portion. – Ryan Close Nov 5 '15 at 1:20
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  • Can you edit your comments into your answer please? – Nuі Nov 7 '15 at 6:10

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