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Old 07-26-12, 07:32 AM   #1
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Hurrah! My BMI says I am "Normal" Again!

For me it's as simple as this: ride=lose weight. don't ride=gain weight.
I keep flitting back and forth between "Normal" and "Overweight" depending on my ability to get out on the bike (normal constraints of life and weather).

In any case, since my back injury last Fall I have climbed back up to a degree of physical fitness very much like what I had before: Did a 51.5 mile ride last week and the other day maintained an average speed of 14.4 mph for 25 miles. Maybe I'll try that Century some day soon; that would be something; first 100 mile day at 77!
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Old 07-26-12, 08:31 AM   #2
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ride=lose weight. don't ride=gain weight.

Pretty simple formula. Works for me, too.

Congrats on the goal! Keep riding.
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Old 07-26-12, 08:58 AM   #3
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Good job. If weather prevents you from riding, you may want to try stair stepping(a bit boring but keeps up the cardio and burns calories)--or at least limit calories on the days you can't ride--easy to say, can be difficult to do at times.
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Old 07-26-12, 09:55 AM   #4
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As Alfred E. Newman said "Why be normal" Now go for a ride.
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Old 07-26-12, 10:10 AM   #5
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'Tis better to have normal abs, than to be ab-normal. Congratulations on becoming even denser than you were before!
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BMI is woefully inaccurate in some cases. An NFL running back at 5'9" and 210 lbs is probably "obese" despite a 32" waist. Pretty silly IMO. I'm 66 yrs. old with a 35" waist, weigh 186 lbs at 5'10" and I'm overweight according to BMI. For cyclists....yes. For "normal" people? I don't think so.
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Congrats on getting to a "normal" BMI. While I agree with Bruce19 that BMI may not be the most accurate indicator of person's weight status, I very much wish that I could get mine to that range...

It's getting closer each week. I startd riding in April doing about 6 miles a day. Now I'm up to about 25 miles a day (give or take) and my waist and weight show it. But I still have a long way to go to get where you are. Again: Congratulations!
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congratulations - controlling my eating is real hard for me. I used to ride fat, but I have lost about 30 lbs this year and am at a 25 BMI
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Great effort. I also got my bmi down to 23.4 with the same formula. Eat less, ride more. What amazed me more were the blood pressure and heart rate changes. 111/58 and 57bpm. Bikes are good for you...
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WTG.
I'm in Normal range now but have been Overweight. I talk more about how imperfect a tool BMI is when I am Overweight.
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F*** BMI.

Blood Pressure, Resting Heart Rate, Cholesterol/Triglycerides are the numbers that matter. Mine are below those of a decently healthy 20-y-o. I have the same waist size as I did 26 years ago (lost 3" after Army Basic/AIT, gained them back in 4 years, but healthier ever since).
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F*** BMI.

Blood Pressure, Resting Heart Rate, Cholesterol/Triglycerides are the numbers that matter. Mine are below those of a decently healthy 20-y-o. I have the same waist size as I did 26 years ago (lost 3" after Army Basic/AIT, gained them back in 4 years, but healthier ever since).
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Actually, from the medical standpoint you are correct: BP, HR, Lipids and such are important. And, waist size (or some say waist-hip ratio) is a better predicter of cardiac problems than BMI... But, the medical profession still follows the BMI. Why? Partly because we tend to be slow picking up new things -- but mostly because we don't want to be bothered taking waist and hip measurements.

The reason for the the switch to waist size is that they are starting to realize that belly fat (along with fatty organs) secrete hormones and stuff that are not good for the cardiovascular system. Fat in other areas of the body (like butts & thighs) doesn't have as much negative impact as belly fat does.
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