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    HI IM BABYSTEPS AND AS YOU CAN SEE FROM MY NAME IM A BEGINNER AT BICYCLING. EVERSINCE MY MOM TOLD ME ABOUT HEALTH PROBLEMS IN HER FAMILY I DIDN'T WANT TO WEIGH AS MUCH AS SHE DOES BUT NOW THAT MY MOM IS WORRYING ABOUT HER WEIGHT IT DEPRESSES ME. I ACTUALLY TOOK DIET PILLS AND TRIED 2 STARVE MYSELF BUT IT DIDN'T WORK. I REALLY DON'T LIKE MY BODY EVEN THOUGH I AM A TEEN. I BICYCLE DO DVD EXCERCISES FROM DENISE AUSTIN BUT I DON'T SEE ANY RESULTS. BICYCLING HASN'T LET ME DOWN YET BUT I WANT TO KNOW HOW BICYCLING CAN HELP ME OVER THE SPRING. WELL I WAS HOPING SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEEN BICYCLING MORE THAN A YEAR COULD GIVE ME ADVICE ON HOW LONG I SHOULD RIDE A BIKE. DOES IT DEPEND ON HOW LONG YOU RIDE TO LOSE WEIGHT? I DON'T KNOW. i RIDE MY BIKE LIKE 3 TIMES A WEEK 30MIN TO AN HOUR. IS THAT ENOUGH? SHOULD I RIDE MY BIKE EVERYDAY?

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    Biking in my personal opinion is a great way to lose weight. But in order to lose weight, you have to cycle a lot more than 30 min - 1 hour at a moderate pace, not intensely. This is because if you cycle at a moderate pace for long time, it is considered as a cardiovascular exercise, which burns your fat. I normally cycle at a intense pace when I mountain bike, because I want to increase my muscle mass to gain weight (I only weigh 130lb with 5'8" height). In my opinion, the best way to lose weight is to go to the gym and do mostly aerobic exercises such as treadmills, step climbing etc, but try not to do as much weight bearing exercises (bench press, free-weights) as this will increase your body weight.

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    im 14

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    Cycling is only an aid to setting the body up. Diet and lifestyle come into it aswell.

    Regular exercise is the BIG way to go though, and if you like cycling- fine. You have to work at it though, and longer rides will help. Remember that if you haven't cycled much before this is going to hurt initially. legs and lungs have to be attuned so don't go doing a hard 30 mile sprint soon after you start. If you are doing 30 minutes now- get to 1 hour rides within a month and 3 times a week is ideal. Also push a bit on the rides to get yourself breathing hard- to the level where you cannot talk comfortably to a rider along side easily, but only for a couple of minutes at a time.

    Cycling will help but it has to be religious. 3 times a week every week will work wonders, but get the effort and milage up. Then look at what you eat and drink for weight loss. Cut right down on the sugary foods and the soda's. (Big weight gains with these foods) Cut back on the fats but keep the Carbo-hydrate levels up (You need these for energy)

    Good to see that you have recognised the problem and seen a cure but now the hard work begins.
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    Also, consider cycling as a transportation. You don't have to think about your cycling routine, or have to fit it into your schedule. Using it as as such means you don't have to think about all those motivation crapshoot that many of us fail at, because well, you have to cycle to get to where you wanna go. You will find yourself cycling more because, well, you have to.

    And yes, I wanna second the no soda thing. No sweetened drinks for that matter, even energy drinks. These are what many people call as "invisible calories". When was the last time you cringed at a soda because of its calorie the same way you cringe when a fat-rich, calorie dense dessert is placed in front of you? Not to mention the craploads of "bad" carbs(high fructose corn syrup).

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    Ten minutes, three times a day or 30 minutes a day pretty much the same, you are burning calories. Last spring when I started active cycling again I lost 25 lb in 6 months. Do not, repeat do not start cranking out 1-2-3 hours a day every day at the start. You can really injure yourself. Maybe an hour the first week and build slowly.
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    Yeah, you're looking at a lifestyle change. There's no quick-fixes and instant-results in becoming healthy. It requires a long-term big-picture approach to your life overall in how you feel about yourself, how you see yourself integrating with society, what your future goals and plans will be, your level of commitment to those dreams. It can take years to make the shift from where you are now, to the kinds of activities that will lead you down the right path and even then, decades to finally achieve your results.

    Part of this is watching what you eat and the other is exercise. Again, it's a big lifestyle change that's got to be encompassing as a whole, you're doing it FULL-TIME, every day, all the time. You are changing who you are as a person 24-hrs/day, and that's where the results will come in, not what you do for 30-minutes a day. Change your attitude about yourself, "I am a fit and healthy person", "I am a top-athlete", etc. and it will eventually soak in. When you pick up that triple-bypass cheeseburger with extra sauce, it will be contradictory to your character and you'll be grossed out. At that point, the diet-Coke won't make much of a difference

    So get into it gradually, you'll want to work up to 10-hours a week of riding. Commuting is a good way to get that exercise without devoting specific times for it. In school, I use to ride the 13.5-miles to the bike-shop where I worked part-time. Then rush back for classes later. Sometimes, I'd go back & forth a couple times a day!
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    Cycling can be used to fit excercise into your everyday life without having to make any special effort or put aside "excercise" time. You can easily accumulate 1hr of riding just by getting to school/work/shops etc. It is probably the easiest way to make your lifestyle more active. Most riders find that time on a bike is really enjoyable, not a task that has to be completed as part of some regime.
    Do make sure that you stay safe on a bike. If you want to go on longer rides, try and find someone for company. Learn how to repair punctures and keep you bike on the road.

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    I used to be a 30 pound overweight fat kid myself, so I understand what your struggling with. In my experience, there is no better exercise than lap swimming for weight loss. Of course, you had better eat right no matter how you work out, otherwise you won't do a damn thing for yourself.

    I don't know your current eating habbits, or how overwight you are, but heres a few basic pointers. The most important diet alterations you can make are eliminating junk food, which I did, and I find its easiest to quit cold turkey. You should force yourself to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegitables per day, but 10 would be better. Having a a big salad helps do that. You should also eat small amounts of red meat, but none would be better, and in its place you should have plenty of fresh fish, nuts and lentils. Lastly, make sure you have plenty of essential fatty acids like olive and walnut oil. This will help burn fat, is important for heart health, and will provide you with a lot of energy.

    As I so often point out, this guy here is the worlds leading nutritionist: www.garynull.com

    Gary Null can show you how to live a truly healthy life and avoid any kind of health problems, but he is what you would call an extremist. His principals are probably more strict than you are ready for, but reading some of his articles and listening to his radio broadcast would surely give you some good advise.

    No matter what you do, don't starve yourself again or take any more diet pills. Such things are very dangerous and stupid. You must have patience to get into shape.
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    im not overweight how offensive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babysteps
    im not overweight how offensive
    I apologies Babysteps. I went back and looked at your original post. Nowhere did you say you were overweight. Not that my main post said anything about weight loss, just make changes gradually. If you mothers weight-image reactions are affecting you and your feelings a bicycling forum may not be the place to get started. I helped raise two foster daughters so have a partial understanding of that side of your situation. From what I have seen in advice columns image problems can bother a lot of teens, boys and girls. As a teen cycling helped me burn off a lot of frustration, tension, suppressed rage, and excess energy. I eventually found things I enjoyed (rock collecting and bicycles) and focused on those, and ignored what my HS counselor called my peer group. I still remember the names of three friends I had in HS. Two guys and a girl friend. We all rode bikes. Maybe suggest a school bike club? Even if liability keeps the school from having one it could get you some cycling friends.
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    Babysteps...I think it's great that you're looking to get healthy.
    You're new to cycling, and I think maybe you're new at online forums too? Writing all in caps makes it hard to read your post and it looks like you're SHOUTING, so I'm glad you switched to lower case in later messages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babysteps
    I REALLY DON'T LIKE MY BODY EVEN THOUGH I AM A TEEN.
    I think nobody likes his body when he is a teen. I did not like it, either. Bicycling may help to be healthier, but it would hardly make one to like it.

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    Man, I'd give anything to have the body I had as a teenager....

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    Babysteps, you're on the right track. Everyone has posted good advice on training and proper diet. Get yourself a plan and stick to it. Pretty soon, you'll be bragging about how good you look in lycra. 14 is a tough age, as all those changes run you to the raggeded edge. The cycling community in general tends to be a supportive and forgiving group of folks that encouages everyone to just turn some cranks. Talk to your bike shop owner/manager/head gruru about rides, clinics, and even races in your area. Nothing boosts self esteem like a shelf full of trophies. Set some goals, just not big ones.

    That almost sounded like a comencment speech from Chris Carmicheal.
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    You aren't overweight but you tried to starve yourself and you took diet pills? You may need counseling or therapy (not joking). I know how the teenage hormones can get to a person.

    If cycling isn't something you really WANT to do, its just going to be an ordeal every time you break out the bike. And then you'll quit.

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    Hello babysteps.
    Are your parents aware that you are here?
    If that so, welcome.

    Everyone here has already touched all the key spots. Summarize and evaluate now.

    1# Less than an hour of riding will not help.
    2# Plan a destination when you are riding, so to have a goal. Some of us commute, some others ride to a store - the long way around - to get a coffe and a cookie (fuel +reward) and ride back.
    3# It is more what do you do all the time rather than relying on what you do 3 hours a week. Specially on the eating habits. Riding 100 miles a week gives you a lot of leeway on what you can eat - caloric needs - but even though one can afford to eat junk does not mean that one should. Good food is hard to prepare, but vegetables on the microwave are not rocket science. I take that your parents/guardian prepare the food at your house.
    #5 Stay away from chairs and couches and home ... and sit on the floor. It forces you to change positions and move around. The couch is probably one of the greatest evils around this lands. People that were your age in the 80's where not really allowed to stay in the house all that much. We were FORCED to be out, but it was safer back then
    #6 Start networking with people your age that have similar interests. 'fictive keenship.
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    Babysteps, I suspect that you are going too hard on yourself. Just because you might not fit the tv version of beauty, does not mean that you are not beautiful. No amount of exercise can or will make someone think that they are beautiful. That comes from something inside. Donít try to be something that you are not, In my life I have found that that often leads to frustration.

    Do you like cycling? If you do then it is a great way to stay in shape. If you stick with it you might even be able to participate in races. Everyone is special and has skills that are different from others. Find the combination of things that are healthy, you do well, that you feel good about, are interested in, and that make you feel special, then you can find happiness. And others will be drawn to you.

    As far as biking for exercise that is great, here are some of my suggestions. Try to go up at least some small hills. Stay in low gears for at least a month to get the feel of spinning, (small gear up front and big gear in the rear is low), Wear a helmet and gloves. Look out for cars!

    Good luck and you can lean on us if you have any questions or problems.
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