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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 10-23-08, 03:42 PM   #1
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Weight Loss Issue

If someone else has this issue I would like to know. I have been riding in earnest since May/June. I have logged around 1500 miles in that time frame. By my calculations, a male of my age (45) height (6'1") and weight (210) should have burned off around 70,000 extra calories which would result in a weight loss of around 20lbs. Nothing else in my lifestyle has changed all that much, and yet I remain at 210. I was hoping that this activity would get me down to under 200 but I am stuck. Don't get me wrong, I feel great and I'm sure that my heart thanks me, and I don't plan on not riding but I was just hoping for a better weight loss result. Any suggestions/comments?
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Old 10-23-08, 03:47 PM   #2
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You're eating too much. Likely, without realizing it, you started eating just a little more at each meal and made up the difference.

You really have to pay attention to portion size and make sure you eat the right amount.
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Old 10-23-08, 04:28 PM   #3
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I was stuck at 255lbs for a while - cycling approx 100 miles per week. I was getting in from work - eating dinner, then going out for 20 miles or so. Now I go out for a spin straight after work and eat dinner after. I found that the weight has started to come off again, I'm now 242lbs and dropping at a steady 2lb a week or so.
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Old 10-23-08, 05:11 PM   #4
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The 70,000 calories may be somewhat high, but let's suppose it's true. You've been doing it for about 6 months, so the 20 pounds you think you should have lost would be about pound per week. That's equivalent to 375 calories a day of food. Try eating a little less, and see what happens.
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Old 10-23-08, 05:12 PM   #5
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Oh, how are you figuring calories burned? Most programs way overestimate it. My Garmin numbers are so high I basically cut them in half to get a more accurate count.
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Old 10-23-08, 05:29 PM   #6
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Yep, Eat Less. 9,000 miles ytd. Only lost 22 lbs myself.
I eat for energy to ride. Stuck at 202 lbs.
Photo: Tuesday At 9,000 miles.

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Old 10-23-08, 05:49 PM   #7
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I had some issues with this myself. One of the things you have to remember is that while you might be actually losing fat you are gaining muscle. A bit of a paradox but at least it's a good one.

I just got back on my bike after having broken my collar bone and a couple of ribs in a fall during a group ride. I actually lost weight during my recovery. Go figure.
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