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  • Eat back the 500 calories to maintain 500 deficent.

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    Weight loss and calories burned on a cycle

    A deficent of 500 calories each day would result in one pound weight loss per week. So I go for a long ride, and burn 500 calories; Do you

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    I was averaging about 2 lbs of weight loss per week.
    the last 3 weeks
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    Im weighing in today, wish me luck!
    (I cheated yesterday though)

    Btw, Im a little confused about your poll question.

    If a bike ride gives a 500 defecit, then why is the answers talking about 1000 calories?

    FACT: You can shave all the hair on your body to save 100 grams

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    Sorry, I was assuming a diet of 500 calories deficent without the ride.

    So when you ride, do you eat back the calories burned on the ride, or not eat them back and hope for more weight loss.

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    I don't count calories. I eat smaller portions at meal times(limited to one plate instead of going back for seconds), cut out most sugar and processed foods, more FRESH fruit/veggies, and ride the bike as often as I feel comfortable.
    "Just ride it until the wheels fall off!"

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    I leave my eating alone and increase activity to lose weight. If I'm lucky enough to need to add food down the line I will gladly do so

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    Quote Originally Posted by SammyJ View Post
    A deficent of 500 calories each day would result in one pound weight loss per week. So I go for a long ride, and burn 500 calories; Do you
    Whatever told you that you burned 500 calories is probably lying. And likely by quite a bit. The (relatively accurate) calorie estimates from my power meter are always 30-50% below everything else I've looked at. My old Polar HRM was the worst: it's calorie estimates were always 2X what the power meter said! For a "500 calorie" ride, I probably wouldn't eat any additional calories unless I was excruciatingly hungry...

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    I burn 500 and eat back 750.

    I have a problem with riding a lot and cutting calories at the same time. I do better with weight loss and maintenance if I ride about 350 miles a month rather than 750 miles a month.

    This fall I am going to go back to cutting so that I have a net deficit to lose a pound a week. I need to drop ten pounds I gained over the past months.

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    I would eat back about 300 of them.
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    I couldn't answer the poll with any degree of accuracy, but I am riding a lot more and eating a lot less! Weight is being lost in the process.

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    I just eat our normal breakfast, lunch, and dinner as I've always done. We recently gave up junk food (wife was still buying it for the kids and like many folks, if it's there, I'll eat it.)

    I don't know about all this calorie counting stuff, I just eat. I was curious as to what I was eating calorie wise so I downloaded MyFitnessPal on Android. I've been trying to estimate as best I can what I'm eating (2 or 3 servings of food rather than what is recommended and such.) The web tells me my BMR is roughly 2100 which I am reading is what my body will burn as it functions keeping me alive if I was to lay in bed all day long for 24 hours. The app tells me that based on the BMR, to lose 2 lb. per week, I should eat about 1800 calories. Just my estimates of 3 meals I don't eat 1800 calories, then my bike computer says I burn anywhere from 400-600 calories.

    If after I ride I am hungry, then I eat something. One thing that I am beginning to think is, calories is calories. It is all energy no matter what source and if it is burned off, then it's fine. It is when it isn't burned off that it turns to fat for energy storage. It seems that I am usually in a deficit of around 700 calories when the day is done (700 below the 1800 I should eat including burning off with the bike.) All I know is I was 235 on July 31 when I started really watching and rode my first bike ride, and now this morning a week and a half later, I saw 228 lbs.

    Oh, and I ate not just 1, but 2 pieces of homemade chocolate cake tonight . 2 rather large pieces and I'm still in deficit on calories according to MyFitnessPal. I do usually try to overestimate the serving size/calories when I enter what I've ate. I don't know what I'm doing and am by far no expert, but it's working for me.

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    let it burn!!! all 1000 of them

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    My Dr. put me on a 1500-1700 calorie a day diet. Since the first of the year I have lost about 35 pounds. I weigh and measure everything I eat. Before I started this diet I was a big eater. Now I get full pretty quick. I started at 269#. Drink about 130ozs or more of water a day. I try to ride between 10-15 miles every morning. Lots of veggies and fresh fruit everyday. The gentleman who said he had 2 big pieces of chocolate cake, according to my calorie book consumed 830 calories if the pieces were 4ozs apiece. So in that case it would have been half of my calories for the day. I have pretty much given up all sweets. That was no problem for me. I would rather have another chicken leg than dessert. Our bodies consume about 1800 calories a day just to keep our bodies going. It takes using 3500 calories to lose 1 pound of fat. I am going through the VA for the weight loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peacemaker11 View Post
    The gentleman who said he had 2 big pieces of chocolate cake, according to my calorie book consumed 830 calories if the pieces were 4ozs apiece. So in that case it would have been half of my calories for the day. I have pretty much given up all sweets.
    It was Crazy Cake, not just regular chocolate cake. According to MyFitnessPal, a slice is 250 calories, no stating the size of the serving though. According to some recipes online it is 128 calories per serving for 24 servings and I figured we got about half that (so each slice was 2 servings as I ate 3 slices over 2 days, my wife 1, the kids each 2 and put half of it in the freezer.) So I figure the estimate of 250 calories for our slices is a good estimate.

    Like I said, I am not an expert about this calorie counting at all. I can only estimate and don't have all day to look up ingredients and weigh up my food to get accurate calories, just estimating the best I can. I go by what my bike computer says for calorie burning which is less than what everything else tells me and I was at a deficit of 424 calories the day I ate 2 pieces of cake according to my estimating and MyFitnessPal. I didn't really eat much that day and pedaled my rear off for 14 miles and ate less cake than I burned on my bike.

    I could be completely wrong and probably am, but I just go by the app and my estimated calories and I'm losing weight so it's working just fine for me. I've lost 10 lbs. since July 31st when I took my first bike ride and lost 12 lbs from June 1st to July 31st when I started eating better and less before doing any exercise (other than pushups and situps alternating every other night.) I don't want to get all scientific about it and spend all my time weighing up food and searching the internet for precise calorie information. I don't have that much time to do that.
    Last edited by mrodgers; 08-19-13 at 07:02 AM.

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    I struggle with this greatly ... riding more and more makes me feel ravenous ... and then I eat too much.

    I'm having a hard time finding a balance.

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    I burn 1400-1800 a day from my morning rides. More on longer weekend rides. I try to eat around 1500 a day during the week in order to try and zero out or net negative my calories during the week. On the weekend, I move more, ride more, burn more; but also eat more. Try to keep it around 2500 or so. Doing this I've lost 75lbs in 4.5 months.

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    I ride about 100 miles per week, half 10-15 miles per day commuting m-f, the rest on longer weekend rides. I try to eat a very consistent diet that is about 1800-2000 cal/day. That's really hard to do on weekends since the wife refuses to give up her old ways and often refuses to eat anything healthy I want.

    I find that careful pre-ride fueling keeps hunger in control, and I am never driven to stuff my self on post ride refuels.
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    None, eat more, lift more, beast mode!!
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    My intent with exercise is to not eat what I burn. That said; Now that I am within the red zone of weight lose (20ish pounds from goal) that does not always happen. I plan for a 1850 cal day (goal of 185 x 10/lb = 1850). If I eat less than 1850 exercise or not--- GREAT; if I eat 1850 and no exercise --- fine; if I eat 1850 and add 1000 from exercise and eat 1900 --- ok; if I eat more than the total of 1850 + exercise --- I am not happy! Although I work with the motto "It is what it is and It ain't what it ain't" in other words what happens, happened and I am not beating myself up over it!

    I should say that in August of 2009 I weighed 290 today I weigh 208; have been as low as 181 (did not like how I looked ---looked like my Father as his cancer was eating him up!) My goal is to get it back to 185-195 and maintain that.
    Last edited by McCallum; 08-19-13 at 08:20 PM.

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    There was a wise person on this forum that once said weight loss equaled
    1) Eat Less
    2) Eat More Healthy
    3) Move MORE

    I will say that this works! For some folks #3 should read the first time 3) MOVE!! At least that was true of me in August of 2009!

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