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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 05-21-14, 12:12 PM   #126
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My update is, I had to quit using MyFitnessPal. All I have is an old tech and old in today's age (3 years old) prepaid Android phone. I type in the food I want, hit search, and wait, wait, wait. Force stop the app, reload it, search again and it works. Type the next food and wait, wait, wait. Force stop it again. Got tired of it taking 15 minutes and repeatedly typing the same thing to log 3 items in my diary for a meal.

Gained a little bit over Christmas, about 5 lb. Haven't seen it come down any, but haven't been on the bike at any consistency either. I got back onto the app just to verify I was still doing pretty good with the food and it was the same, wait, wait, wait.

This morning I saw a drop of a lb. I have to stand on a scale at work about every hour. It's not accurate as I'm in 4 lb work boots, clothes, and all the stuff in my pockets, but I see it every hour so I see when I'm losing or gaining every day.
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Old 05-21-14, 12:25 PM   #127
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these sound great. Could I do it on an exercise bike occasionally?
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Old 05-21-14, 01:05 PM   #128
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It is far more complicated a system, then just calories in calories out...
How you respond to what you eat and when you eat it is very important.....
That is true too! I like the diet app for monitoring my carbs, fat, and proteins... amounts and percentages. Cutting back.... doesn't or shouldn't mean unhealthy meals. I personally like around 20-25 percent of my calories from fat, 50% carbs, and 20-25% protein. Although... if I don't monitor my diet I found I tend to lean more towards carbs... and not consume enough protein.

So the apps work well for getting balance in a diet too.
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Old 05-21-14, 01:07 PM   #129
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these sound great. Could I do it on an exercise bike occasionally?
Yes.

Occasionally or exclusivity... exercise is exercise.
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Old 05-21-14, 01:20 PM   #130
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these sound great. Could I do it on an exercise bike occasionally?
I spent Jan/Feb/March and part of April on the stationary bike at the gym ... so yes
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Old 05-22-14, 08:18 AM   #131
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My update is, I had to quit using MyFitnessPal. All I have is an old tech and old in today's age (3 years old) prepaid Android phone. I type in the food I want, hit search, and wait, wait, wait.
I switch between using my phone and the web interface for MyFitnessPal. The web version isn't bad, though it's not as convenient as logging as soon as you eat something.

I've used MFP for the last 16 months and have now lost about 56 lb. I'm almost at my goal weight, and I've noticed the difference while cycling - especially climbing. The one thing I miss about being heavier is going faster on descents!

As far as calories go: if energy intake is less than energy expenditure, you'll lose weight. But I've found that the composition of my diet has a big effect on satiety and hunger. It's easier to eat at a calorie deficit when I eat nutrient-rich, calorie-poor foods that fill me up and sustain that feeling. In the morning, a slice of whole-grain toast with butter, at 150 calories, keeps me going longer than a bowl of cereal with 1% milk, at 300 calories.
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Although I have the app on my phone and do sometimes use it I do most of my tracking on a PC. I have an office job and have a pc in front of me all day. Easy to log breakfast and lunch. I eat dinner in front of my laptop so that works. I use the phone app to sometimes scan bar codes for quick upload.
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Yes.

Occasionally or exclusivity... exercise is exercise.
Makes sense I suppose.
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Makes sense I suppose.
With weather in the Midwest as it is... I don't ride my bicycle everyday. But I try to do something. A walk/jog 3K, or a little weight resistance and/or calisthenics. Or even just a little playing on the wii.
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just a little playing on the wii.
Playing on the wii with a nine year old i swear has unlimited stamina really gets you working on the wii fit games.
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Playing on the wii with a nine year old i swear has unlimited stamina really gets you working on the wii fit games.
Wii has some balance games too. I have read a theory (which I believe Wii supports) that a body's speed will naturally be limited to match the quality/ability of the bodies balance. In other words... the brain won't let the legs pedal faster than what the brain thinks the body can control. It's just a theory... but I think improving my balance made me a better and faster cyclist.

And playing Wii has to burn more calories and be healthier than just watching TV.
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And playing Wii has to burn more calories and be healthier than just watching TV.
oh without a doubt, and I think that your theory might be true.
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