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    Big man bought a bike to lose weight

    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?

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    Welcome!

    The Hybrids section is the best place to discuss comfort bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WVU_Engineer View Post
    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?
    Congrats on the new bike! However, I feel obligated to say that weight is lost at the dinner table, not on the bike - thought it helps.

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    Welcome!

    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!

    Quote Originally Posted by WVU_Engineer View Post
    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?

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    Welcome to BF!

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    Welcome to bike forums and more specifically the clyde/athena forum! As KBently57 was pointing out the sheer volume of riding needed to lose weight is rather large. It take 3500 calories expended to equal 1 pound of weight loss. Enjoy cycling!


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    Welcome.

    Remember one thing, you cannot outride a bad diet.

    I lost 45 pounds doing long steady rides from Jan 1 until mid-April but have not lost anything since then due to dietary and ride changes

    I have already ridden more than a 1000 miles in May alone and have gained 2 pounds (muscle according to my measurements). Fueling for these long rides had me fall off the low carb diet, which reverted my metabolism away from fat burning and proviked a ravenous appetite. I have to get back to eating meat and burning my own fat for energy (ketosis).

    The other point, everyone has an opinion about what constitutes a good or bad diet and most of them are wrong because they do not lose weight or keep it off. I deem mine to have been good since I lost 3 pounds per week over a 15 week period. I followed the advice of Dr. Jack Kruse (books and blog)

    I feel 100% better. I get out of bed w/o pain and no longer have to stop and take a breather walking up stairs. My first ride in almost 20 years earlier this year was a whole 6 miles long and I came back exhausted and slept for 2 hours. I just did a 600km Brevet this weekend.

    Focus on diet. You can do it! I did.

    Good luck on your journey.

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    Believe me I know about diet, in fact 11 years ago I lost 75 lbs due almost entirely to diet. The problem was it was too easy and I didn't appreciate it enough to keep it off. I lost that 75 lbs in less than three months, I gained 65 of it back over the last 11 years.

    I think that 3500 calories a pound is bs though, a calorie is not simply a calorie.

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