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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 06-27-12, 10:06 AM   #1
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Arrghhhh. Disappointing day

Hey guys.

Today I reached 500 miles logged on my road bike, with an additional 160 miles on my 2nd bike. I started riding about a couple months ago and at 15-20 miles a day (if weather permits) I really think I'll start losing some weight, you know? So two months and 600+ miles later... I GAINED ONE POUND. Went from 215 to 216.

Yes, it's the diet that would make any actual difference and yes, I probably should watch my food more closely, but darn it before I started biking I was "balanced" at 215 for such a long time that I figure if I started riding I'll increase calorie output and that's the sure way to slowly lose some weight. My appetite stay the same, and I've been eating pretty much the same diet. Yessir, THAT'S my pathetic attempt to watch my diet.

Argh. I am really disappointed in myself. Gotta start watching my food now.
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Old 06-27-12, 10:17 AM   #2
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two things I would think about.

1. when I started I didnt lose much if any weight the first month...then magically I did the second and every month since
2. intensity of workout. While any exercise is better than no exercise, if your miles are all leisurely and aren't really getting your HR up into the tempo zone or threshold zone, then you really aren't going to see any long term gains.

as an example my resting HR is in the high 60s my max is around 185 When I train tempo workouts I try and stay in the 160 area for an hour or hour and a half. When I do intervals I try and train up in the 170s by the end of my interval, and recover into the 140s in the rest period. If I were riding along at 120 all day, I dont think I would ever get any weight loss going.

Not saying at all you need to do this, just trying to paint a picture for your analysis.
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What a coinkydink - I'm stuck at 215 myself.

I lost a bunch of weight right away and then plateaued for a while, then lost a bunch, then got stuck..... lather rinse repeat.

I would definitely monitor your food intake for 2-3 weeks and weigh everything. Keep riding and whatever you do, don't expect predictable, linear results.
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Old 06-27-12, 12:15 PM   #4
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+1 Me too.
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intensity of workout. While any exercise is better than no exercise, if your miles are all leisurely and aren't really getting your HR up into the tempo zone or threshold zone, then you really aren't going to see any long term gains.

as an example my resting HR is in the high 60s my max is around 185 When I train tempo workouts I try and stay in the 160 area for an hour or hour and a half. When I do intervals I try and train up in the 170s by the end of my interval, and recover into the 140s in the rest period. If I were riding along at 120 all day, I dont think I would ever get any weight loss going.
I saw your message and today while on my ride I focused on my cadence and heart rate. I made an effort to keep my cadence over 90 as often as possible and I do feel more exhausted after my ride. Perhaps I've been too relax during my rides. Your comment surely Made a huge impact.

However, my heart rate just wouldn't go as high as I'd like. I tried very hard but my HR stays in the mid 140s. Perhaps it has something to do with my route. I live in an Asian urban centre and my bike routes (wherever I go) are full of traffic lights.
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Old 06-28-12, 10:04 AM   #6
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I often find that after riding a lot, my body wants to store extra water. I get frustrated that the weight is not coming off like it should. Then a few days later, I see it coming off without doing anything different. I can gain and lose 3-6 pounds per day just in water weight. Perhaps the amount of fluids has something to do with it?

I guess the key is to keep at it, continue to get in better shape, watch what you are eating, and you will see results. (never fun though)
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you cant out train a bad diet. i have been trying for years, with no success. only when eating good and lowering calories is when pounds drop even when not exercising.

Dont kid yourself like i do. Exercising is good for your health, mental health, heart, and feeling good/strong. But a good eating habits will drop the pounds and keep them off.

easier said than done, as i am craving a gyro, fries and a coke right now. i will probably eat it too, and go ride tomorrow to "burn it off", which it really wont burn off anything.
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Did you measure your waist before you started? My guess is that you must have lose fat but gain muscles. Eventualy you will stop the muscle gain but keep on losing fat. X amount (volume) of muscle is heavier than the same volume of fat so don't despair!
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I should not have come back in here to read! Now I want a Gyro!
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I should not have come back in here to read! Now I want a Gyro!
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Do not think of your lowered calorie intake as a "diet".
Think of it as a permanent healthy life style change.

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i am craving a gyro, fries and a coke

so have the gyro, veggie sticks with some lo-cal/fat dip, and a diet coke, and then you won't HAVE to "ride it off".
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You just have to burn more calories than you eat, it's THAT easy!
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I'm in the same boat. I started riding around last June. I weighed ~305lb. By October, I had ridden 750 miles, and climbed around 15,000', and I was down to 265. Knee pain kept me off the bike for about a month, and I went up to 270. Since then, I've ridden another 750 miles, and have climbed nearly 20,000' (200 miles / 6,500' this month)...and I'm still at 270. I'm getting stronger and faster, and hill climbing is getting easier - but I haven't seen ANY weight loss since last November.

My diet consists mostly of foods that are lower on the glycemic index. I stay away from sugar, pasta, bread, potatoes, rice, etc. I eat lots of chicken, salads, fresh fruits & veggies, dairy, etc.
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You may be inadvertently eating more with the increase in exercise. Write down everything you eat, how many calories, and see how it compares with what you should be eating to lose weight. There are lots of calculators online to help you figure out a rough burn rate. Subtract 500 a day to lose a pound a week. Or just try 1800 calories a day and see what happens.
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Remember also that you are burning fat (not as dense) and building muscle (more dense).
SO weighing the same can still mean a smaller, svelter you.
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