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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 03-27-08, 11:43 AM   #1
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Looking better from weight loss?

saw the best set of legs today ...

I just read this rather disturbing thread in road forum and it raised an equally disturbing question in my mind. Are you losing weight in attractive proportions?

I have always been physically active even at my heaviest and especially during my formative years when school forced us to do sports with lots of yelling and humiliation. Dragging my bulk around gave me rather ugly bulging leg muscles. Cycling has toned the thighs but the calves still look like I strapped a couple of footballs to them. I don't think this will change since the calves are not the main cycling muscles and there is no fat to lose there.

How do you lose excess muscle? And are you losing weight evenly? I just noticed I'm getting less evenly spread and my proportions are definitely getting more odd.

Enough of this narcissism. Back to the health benefits of weight loss next time.
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I will always have large calves, but I am losing fat from every part of my body. My motorcycle helmet is too large now, and I will have to spend a few hundred dollars on one that fits properly. My weight is still around my waist, but it will go away at some point ( I hope). My genetics say I will have large calves, and I will gain weight around my waist first, or at least show the weight gain there first. So, it will be the last fat to go, of course.
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Oaky finally a thread where I have some expertise in. I will read that other thread in a minute.

You don't loose weight in one spot. Hence, Spot reduction. You only loose weight and body fat throughout the entire body.

Now, Take with cycling it brings up an interesting point since the legs do a majority of the work. yes they will become tone, but having large calve muscles is from the years us ( bigger people) and genetics play a big role as well with the way the calve muscle is formed.


As far as the comment about wanting to loose excess muscle. That is the last thing you want to do. Why? Because Muscle is your fat burning engine first and foremost. More muscle mass throughout the body allows you to manage fat better and utilize it better as well. That is why it really is important to have some sort of resistance program along with your cycling because not just the legs need to be worked. Having a strong upper body as well will help you stay in the the saddle longer and be more comfortable.
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Old 03-27-08, 01:34 PM   #4
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saw the best set of legs today ...

I just read this rather disturbing thread in road forum and it raised an equally disturbing question in my mind. Are you losing weight in attractive proportions?

I have always been physically active even at my heaviest and especially during my formative years when school forced us to do sports with lots of yelling and humiliation. Dragging my bulk around gave me rather ugly bulging leg muscles. Cycling has toned the thighs but the calves still look like I strapped a couple of footballs to them. I don't think this will change since the calves are not the main cycling muscles and there is no fat to lose there.

How do you lose excess muscle? And are you losing weight evenly? I just noticed I'm getting less evenly spread and my proportions are definitely getting more odd.

Enough of this narcissism. Back to the health benefits of weight loss next time.
I would say if your calves are like that they would have been that way no matter what with minimal stimulation. I can't imagine the sports that you were made to do (Phys Ed class or more?) were enough to cause that bulk. Take a peek at the classmates that had to do throught what you did and see if their calves are similar. If not then chances are genetics played a huge role.
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there are people that are paying thousands of dollars to have implants put in their calves so that they can look like you.
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Not me this is all natural. LOL

I know you were talking about the other guy but I had to throw that in. LOL. sorry.

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there are people that are paying thousands of dollars to have implants put in their calves so that they can look like you.
More money than sense, I'd say! Oh god, this thread is going to get ugly if we all start posting pics .

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What's wrong with massive guads and calves? I'm pretty sure the ladies like them and I know I've caught one or two checking them out.
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Oaky finally a thread where I have some expertise in. I will read that other thread in a minute.

You don't loose weight in one spot. Hence, Spot reduction. You only loose weight and body fat throughout the entire body.

Now, Take with cycling it brings up an interesting point since the legs do a majority of the work. yes they will become tone, but having large calve muscles is from the years us ( bigger people) and genetics play a big role as well with the way the calve muscle is formed.


As far as the comment about wanting to loose excess muscle. That is the last thing you want to do. Why? Because Muscle is your fat burning engine first and foremost. More muscle mass throughout the body allows you to manage fat better and utilize it better as well. That is why it really is important to have some sort of resistance program along with your cycling because not just the legs need to be worked. Having a strong upper body as well will help you stay in the the saddle longer and be more comfortable.
Bingo, right on!! You cannot specifically target fat loss, its going to leave as it wants. And also, true that with regards to not losing muscle. You should NEVER want to lose muscle or LBM (lean body mass) because not only do people with higher LBM burn more fat when doing exact same workout as someone with a lower LBM, but also it does look better to have more muscle....
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Losing weight may help you to look better, but more importantly can mean you're healthier. So worrying about losing weight in proportion should be the last thing in mind. Remember Popeye wasn't in proportion, Bluto was.

Your calves probably get plenty of exercise when you're just walking around. That's a good thing, don't worry about it. If you lost that muscle, you'd be getting tired quicker and lose the spring from your step.

I have a theory that platform pedals don't exercise your calves as much as the other kind due to foot position, but I've only used platform pedals, so I can't exactly vouch for that.
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