Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

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.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-21-12, 08:56 PM   #1
Mithrandir
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Mithrandir's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Buffalo, NY
Bikes: 2012 Surly LHT, 1995 GT Outpost Trail
Posts: 2,400
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hurt back, stopped biking... lost weight?!

So long story short, lost 100 pounds last year, slipped over the winter and gained 40 back. Got earnestly back into cycling in April, stopped the upward climb... but there was no downward movement. Increased my distance from 300 a month in April to being well on my way to hitting 600 in June, but no matter how hard I exercise or how much I cut from my diet, my weight has been rock steady and unchanging for 3 months.

Then last week I did my first really hilly ride of the season, and ended up hurting my back. I think all the standing did me in, not sure. But rather than risk making it worse, I've stayed off the bike and done nothing for the past 6 days. Over these 6 days I've lost 8 pounds.

What. the. heck.


Anyone know how this could possibly occur?
Mithrandir is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-12, 09:11 PM   #2
Mr Sinister
Am I evil? I am Man!!!
 
Mr Sinister's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Mass.
Bikes:
Posts: 448
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What are your eating habits on and off the bike? ( Last meal of the day, first meal, what you eat and the times you eat)

What do you do besides biking, both when riding, and when not riding? ( sitting around, walking, jogging...)

It could be something as simple as one of these 2 things, or it could be something more complex.
Mr Sinister is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-12, 09:15 PM   #3
vesteroid
Climbers Apprentice
 
vesteroid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 1,608
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I think it's water. I know when I Amin town and riding every day I drink twice as much as when I travel and do t ride...hence I always come back lighter than when I left, even though I eat worse. Within 3 days of being back on the bike I usually go right back up.

As to the 3 months no weight loss...has to be calories in vs out...or a world record plateau
vesteroid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-12, 05:52 AM   #4
jim p
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 1,024
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
When I don't ride, I don't get as hungry so I eat less. I also don't get as thirsty so I drink less. After a couple of days of not riding I usually weigh less.

I am using this technique now to try to lose a few more pounds. I will ride hard for a few days to speed up my metabolism and then I will not ride for a few days and really try to cut back on the calories that I eat. I am having a little success with this.
jim p is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-12, 08:45 PM   #5
goldfinch 
Senior Member
 
goldfinch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Minnesota/Arizona and between
Bikes: Trek Madone 4.7 WSD, 1969 Schwinn Collegiate, Surly Long Haul Trucker, Terry Classic, Gary Fisher Marlin, Litespeed Ocoee
Posts: 3,980
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Could be excess water retention, which can happen with exercise. Muscle cells which are worked store water and glycogen for later use. Now off the bike you dump the water and see how much you lost.

Could also be adaptation where your body was doing its best to conserve energy because you weren't eating enough for the amount of exercise you were doing. Now you shook things up a bit and are not in conservation mode.

Could also be less calories now.
goldfinch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-12, 10:52 AM   #6
Drew Eckhardt
Senior Member
 
Drew Eckhardt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Sunnyvale, CA USA
Bikes:
Posts: 5,102
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 44 Post(s)
Quote:
Then last week I did my first really hilly ride of the season, and ended up hurting my back. I think all the standing did me in, not sure. But rather than risk making it worse, I've stayed off the bike and done nothing for the past 6 days. Over these 6 days I've lost 8 pounds.

What. the. heck.
People are walking water bags and you've got a gallon less sloshing around inside than you usually do.
Drew Eckhardt is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:05 AM.