Commuting - weight
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10-01-06, 06:30 AM
So i just started commuting 10 miles a day to get to college and realised ive gain about 3 pounds, is this normal, would you call this muscle mass?
how do your clothes fit? 3 pounds isn't much, but you prob have something that fits snugly and would alert you to changes in your waistline. As a guess from a few thousand miles away.... you gained a pound of muscle, lost a pound of fat, and are carrying about a pound less water. Doesn't really matter if you are feeling good, tho... When I commute my whole day goes better.
I got my bike as a step towards losing some wheight. I know I've put on a few pounds. I wish I could blame it on muscle mass, but there are two other reasons that are probably more accurate.
1) I can smell the food at local restaraunts as I drive by now, and stop by much more frequently out of impulse
2) Biking makes me hungry. I always upsize my meal or get an apetizer or something less healthy because I say to myself "Its ok, I've been biking. I can eat just a little more"
What semester in college are you? Your freshman 15 might have just been delayed. Or all that beer is catching up (I am guilty of this for sure).
10-01-06, 12:33 PM
10 miles a day might be 500 calories, might be less even. Not a lot of slack for extra fries w/ lunch, unfortunately.
10-01-06, 12:42 PM
if you feel hungrier after riding your bike, try to make sure that the extra food you eat is something good for you and relatively low-calorie. it's really easy to justify eating too much because you've been riding your bike a lot. then again, 3 pounds could just be a fluke. im sure you know this, but always weigh yourself at the same time of day, at the same part of your schedule. i do it when i wake up, before eating, but after using the bathroom :)
10-01-06, 01:03 PM
10 miles a day might be 500 calories, might be less even.
Yeah. I tend to go with the 5k = 100 Calories rule of thumb.
5 pounds is an average fluctuation for a young adult. 3 pounds for someone over the age of 30. Shouldn't be a concern. Unless you've already averaged in the weight for atleast a week(weighing in at different times of the day). You have to think about water weight. When commuting(exercise) you drink alot more water. Even without exercising; what you eat & drink as a direct effect on your weight. Some fluid & solids take longer to digest. Some meats can take upto 16 hours to compleatly digest. Actually only red meats if I remember correctly. Still some things take longer to leave the body.
10-02-06, 12:20 PM
If you *just* started bike commuting (within the last 5 weeks) and haven't upped your protien intake, then no, it is most likely NOT muscle mass. Could just be water retention, especially if it fluctuates.
10-02-06, 12:43 PM
Water: "A pint's a pound the world around". That's my vote.
As a high school wrestler, I watched guys sweat off 5 to 8 lbs on a stationary bike, in a sauna, wearing plastic suits in order to weigh in, then gain that or more back in half a day drinking fluids and eating. Moral of the story, weigh yourself when you wake up every day, before eating to track changes.
10-02-06, 01:53 PM
I fluctuate 3 to 4 pounds a day. I wouldn't sweat it unless you've been hold that three pounds for several weeks. But I get the impression you just had one reading that was 3 pounds higher. If so, don't worry yet.
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