I'll get right to the point and speak from personal experience. At one point, even as a daily commuter riding everyday, and riding around all points in between for errands and fun, it is actually possible to not only NOT lose weight but to GAIN weight.
This is because even though I had become a pretty fit rider, I was indulging in rich, fatty foods almost every day.
Cycling is good exercise, but you will need to educate yourself about how to eat properly also, and perhaps also make some lifestyle and even cognitive changes.
1. The more natural and less processed the food you eat is, the healthier you will be. Gradually cut out as much processed food as possible and introduce as much non-processed food as possible. Get the freshest, most natural food possible. Exploit your farmer's markets. This food is the freshest possible aside from what you can grow in your backyard.
1a. If you must purchase frozen or canned or processed foods, be sure to READ the label. Always read the label. Check for fat content, nutritional content, and try choosing products with as few chemical additives as possible.
2. what is your stress level like? Do what you can to bring your stress level down wherever possible. Socialize with friends, enjoy a comedy film, travel if you can. Are you an optimistic person? Great! The way you view the world directly affects your physiology.
3. remember that cycling is not your only form of physical activity and exercise. Do a lot of chores around the house. Avoid sitting at your computer for long stretches. Within reason, stay active and keep moving. You can't go for a few rides a week and then sit like a slug for the rest of the week. Remain active.
Best of luck to ya!
Originally Posted by WVU_Engineer
Hey all, thought I would introduce myself here.
My name is Pat, I am a big man 6'5" 295 lbs and about a month ago I bought a 22 inch frame Raleigh Venture comfort bike to get some exercise and hopefully lose some weight. Oh yea and I am going to turn 40 this July.
I think I have been riding 3 weeks, my endurance has gone up, I feel better, and I have lost a few lbs but not that many. I really like my bike, I mostly ride around the neighborhood but also ride on a dirt patrol road/trail on the local military base along the perimeter of the fence.
PS Why is there no section for comfort bikes, does that fall under the hybrid section?