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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 04-14-12, 07:35 PM   #1
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Riding Bike to lose weight... Things to keep in mind

1) It's ok to sweat.

2) it's ok to ride over 5 miles per hour and get your heart rate up (as long as you body is healthy and your doctor says so)

3) You don't need 3 power bars and bottles full of Gatorade for a 10 mile ride.

4) You don't have to have matching shorts and jersey.

5) You still probably need other forms of exercise.

6) Riding once per week doesn't warrant a $5000 bike. Though they are cool so of you have money to spend, its better than buying twinkles.
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Old 04-14-12, 08:23 PM   #2
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7) Hydrate early, and often, with water.

8) More of a commuter thing but... Getting out of bed is the hardest part (for me at least); after the first few minutes on the road I'm always glad I did it!
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Old 04-14-12, 08:26 PM   #3
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+++++1 x100 on hydration. I was trying to be humorous, but I rarely drink enough water, given my level of exercise every day, and I can really tell when I'm low on the H20.
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The calories burnt on a 10 mile ride do not make up for that 6 pack of beer.
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To add to a list like that... "You don't lose weight until you really feel the suffering!" If I push myself hard every 40-50km ride with nothing but a bottle of water and a small bag of dried banana I can't help but lose weight.
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You can ride all you want to lose weight but if you are not eating properly and cut the crappy food, you are wasting your time. Its 80% what you eat and 20% exercise. Cut the crappy processed food. Watch calorie intake.
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You can't out exercise bad eating. I've tried over and over again to out exercise poor eating, and I gain weight every single time. If you are throwing a lot of food down, no amount of exercise can burn that many calories. You'll be in better shape, but you won't lose weight.
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You can ride all you want to lose weight but if you are not eating properly and cut the crappy food, you are wasting your time. Its 80% what you eat and 20% exercise. Cut the crappy processed food. Watch calorie intake.
+1 - It's not about the bike. It's about the fork (and the knife, and the spoon, and the fingers).
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6) Riding once per week doesn't warrant a $5000 bike.
People are free to buy whatever they want for whatever reasons and whatever purposes. And what does that have to do with riding to loose weight? If I ride once per week but not to lose weight am I allowed to have a $5,000 bike? If so, why?
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Things I remember:

#1) I don't ride to lose weight.

#2) Diet controls the weight loss.
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1) It's ok to sweat. Not if you don't shower after.

2) it's ok to ride over 5 miles per hour and get your heart rate up (as long as you body is healthy and your doctor says so). So 6 miles per hour is OK. Do I need to get the doctors note noterized, and who would I turn it in to?

3) You don't need 3 power bars and bottles full of Gatorade for a 10 mile ride. 2 power bars and 2 bottles of gatorade should be enough.

4) You don't have to have matching shorts and jersey. Everything in basic black with no logos is still considered matching.

5) You still probably need other forms of exercise. Sitting on the couch and clicking the remote isn't exercise?

6) Riding once per week doesn't warrant a $5000 bike. Though they are cool so of you have money to spend, its better than buying twinkles. I'd rather have the bike and a box of Twinkies.
OK, so I'm trying too hard to be funny today. I'm bored. I'll go take a long ride soon.
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Protect your muscles with intelligent eating, picking up heavy things now and then, and proteins. Weight loss that is primarily lean tissue is both awful and counterproductive.
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Protect your muscles with intelligent eating, picking up heavy things now and then, and proteins. Weight loss that is primarily lean tissue is both awful and counterproductive.
This! Diet and Exercise need to be balanced. I've found my strongest weight loss periods are when I'm blending in strength training into my usual cardio filled workout days.
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7) Hydrate early, and often, with water.

8) More of a commuter thing but... Getting out of bed is the hardest part (for me at least); after the first few minutes on the road I'm always glad I did it!
Agreed on #8. Once I get out of the driveway I enjoy it.
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If you ride to lose weight eventually you will grow to hate riding. Ride to enjoy riding and consider the calorie loss as a bonus.
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^^^ +1. I ride/commute on a bicycle because I LIKE it...the exercise/weight loss/fitness effect is just the bonus. Food management got rid of the obese level BMI...biking makes me feel GOOD!
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+1 - It's not about the bike. It's about the fork (and the knife, and the spoon, and the fingers).
This is SOOOO funny! It's also soooo true.

I'm a Clydesdale through and through and need to lighten up (again!) and diet is *always* the hardest part for me to control.
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I took me three years to realize I just couldn't ride faster than I can eat. I joined weight watchers and I'm down 18 lbs and I'm getting up the hills faster. Can't wait to see how fast I can be after I lose 50lbs
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