So now I'm 61, and using bicycling, walking and a little dieting I just lost about 70 pounds over a 2-1/2 year period (300 to 230 starting in August 2011). One thing that was critical, that I wanted to mention, is that since 1990 I've kept detailed annual log books that describe all bike rides, walks, and to a certain extent diet.
It was nice, while I was losing weight, to be able to refer to these logs. With them, I could identify what worked for fat loss, what didn't, etc. etc., and then duplicate the activity and the results.
So I'm suggesting that younger people start writing bicycle logs. Track your weight, your ride (mileage, time, how you felt, the weather during the ride, route, etc.) what you eat and how much, and write down any special memories. 30 or 40 years from now, after faithfully writing logs, when you are facing the challenge of losing weight and/or becoming healthier, it is absolutely priceless to be able to reference your own experiences from the past and view objectively what worked; then plan accordingly.
I'm not going to call anybody names if they don't, but it was a successful tactic to be able to lose the weight.
Anybody else have experience using logs?