Just among us Clydes.
There are many threads that start off with, "I want to take up cycling to lose weight."
But I wonder if this premise is flawed. How many of us are riding for years but still carrying extra weight. I know I am.
So a couple of thoughts. These are not conclusions, but rather I will put these out there as questions and see what the group thinks:
Is weight loss mostly about what, and how much you eat and drink? Can you actually gain weight from cycling?
Can weight loss make you a better cyclist? Last summer after losing 40 lbs from the previous summer, I felt like I was flying on the bike. This season, after gaining a few lbs, not so much. I am reaching familiar milestones, but working harder for them. So going forward, maybe thinking about riding my way back into shape is putting the cart before the horse. Maybe I should be thinking that I should push myself away from the table through the winter so that when the weather gets nice, I can just ride and not have to worry about weight loss?
On the other hand, is it possible that cycling can make you fitter, but not necessarily leaner. I am already feeling the difference this season, though the scale shows no weight loss, yet.
Is it possible that cycling isn't even all that great of an activity for weight loss for people who are already overweight? Though cycling is a great activity that gives the rider a tremendous mental boost, it may not be the be all and end all for weight loss. Regular gym workouts with shorter, but much higher intensity may be better for weight loss, though not as much fun as going for a long ride on a mild spring day.