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    cycling and weight loss

    It perturbs me that cycling really doesn't result in weight loss for me. The times in my life when I weighed the most were ster when I completed four days of century rides each day (day 3 and 4 involved grueling hills) and yesterday, the day after I rode a century. I've done endurance sports (triathlon) for a long time, so I know that one's body becomes accustomed to the level of exercise that the body does. But I have to say that this bugs me. I don't get it. I would think that I would at least lose some water weight. I know that I eat more when I do these kinds of events. But still. Any one else experience this kind of thing?

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    Not me. I've lost 25 pounds since late April. Cycling and eating a little less.
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    It's all a matter of calories burned versus calories taken in. Cycling burns calories, same as any other exercise. But if you keep eating more of them than what you burn, then you won't be losing weight. To be of much value for this, cycling has to be fairly vigorous, because leisurely cycling actually burns fewer calories than walking. This is just my opinion, but many people tend to think of big rides like centuries, but it's really the steady, daily cycling that works for weight loss. It's better to cycle for an hour 5-6 days per week than it is to cycle 100 miles on the weekend. This way, unless you start overeating, you are bound to gradually lose weight if that's what your goal is. But it's not going to be instant. Much of what some people report as quick weight loss is just loss of water.

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    I have found that long rides are not conducive to me loosing weight. During said rides I am more focused on staying fed and hydrated.
    Moderate length rides seem to do it more for me.
    I have lost about 50 lbs in the past 4 years.
    To loose the last 10-15 lbs I am adjusting my diet in Sept and Oct to be very healthy, riding a tad less, and throwing in strength training. Hopefully I finally get past the last lbs.

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    i'd assume you wouldn't lose squat doing that type of riding... low lvl 1-2 hour rides 3 days a week will drop the pounds pretty quick after about 6 weeks.

    I dropped 20 pounds over the course of a year and gained it back in 1 month when i started my job and was on the road for that month...woops, eating out for all meals sucks.

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    i've lost 5 so far this season, which is about what i put on over the winter!
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    The first year and a half of getting back into ridling, I didn't lose any weight. I ragged about it to my wife, who laughed and said "you have to cut the food too". Boy, was she right on the money. I cut the food and have lost 80 pounds. bk

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    I lost twenty pounds when I made it a rule to ride at least 300 days a year. I also gave up all fried foods (which in Houston means that at some restaurants, I can only order water...everything else is fried).

    But, for the last couple of years, I've been "stuck" at about 180 pounds, about 15 pounds more than my ideal weight. Losing those 15 pounds would mean eating less, and that is waay too radical of a step for me.

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    I gain weight in the summer, spring, fall when I ride alot. I loose about 5-10 pounds in the winter when I ride less. I'm just not hungry in the winter.
    Not too much to say here

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    i am at 40+ lbs lost since i started riding (and changed how i eat, and occasionally do other exercise) ...

    i would think, like the others have said, that a century ride ... isn't as 'hard' of a workout as one that is a shorter distance that you push yourself harder on ...

    from what i am learning .... to get the ideal burn of calries (fat) ... you need to have your heart rate in the 70 to 80% range for an extended period of time ... (on most all my rides mine is staying around 156, but my rides are through wooded areas, with hills and such and i push myself as hard as i can through them, and do as many laps as i can till i just can't move anymore)

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    for a 250 lbs person that is 6'0 a one hour cycling ride 10mph burns off about 500 calories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark9950 View Post
    for a 250 lbs person that is 6'0 a one hour cycling ride 10mph burns off about 500 calories.
    i would say there is a little more to it then that, but its pretty close ... the degree of incline or descent would have a big affect on the calories burned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Devil- View Post
    i would say there is a little more to it then that, but its pretty close ... the degree of incline or descent would have a big affect on the calories burned.
    Yeah, but assume that what goes up must come down, and that climbs and descents will have a tendency to average out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deraltekluge View Post
    Yeah, but assume that what goes up must come down, and that climbs and descents will have a tendency to average out.
    true, hadn't thought about it that way... i always feel like every ride i am on has nothing but climbs ... guess i don't pay attention to the descents all that much haha

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    I've been increasing my mileage over the past few months, and I've lost about 10 pounds. But now I'm down to 150 and I don't want to lose any more! I'm actually a little worried about this because I'm naturally kinda skinny, and in college I was actually once all the way down to 125 pounds (I'm male, 5 feet 9 inches).

    I gotta think I won't get near that weight, but I ought watch it.

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    You could be building muscle too. I think muscle weighs more then fat.

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    It does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apricissimus View Post
    I've been increasing my mileage over the past few months, and I've lost about 10 pounds. But now I'm down to 150 and I don't want to lose any more! I'm actually a little worried about this because I'm naturally kinda skinny, and in college I was actually once all the way down to 125 pounds (I'm male, 5 feet 9 inches).

    I gotta think I won't get near that weight, but I ought watch it.
    I hate you. I am 5'9" and have been trying to hit 150-155 for a few years. Currently stuck at 165ish. meh

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    I've lost 80 lbs since I started riding in June of 06. Take a look in the Clyde forum and lots of people are losing weight. It's all about burning more than you take in.
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    and once you are at a weight you want ... eat more each day to maintain that weight ... its a fine line between loose, maintain and gain ...

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    lose is what you do when the weight goes down; loose is what your clothes get when the weight goes down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Condorita View Post
    lose is what you do when the weight goes down; loose is what your clothes get when the weight goes down.
    hah, so i went to school in louisiana .. and didn't pay attention in the grammer class .. come to think of it, i skipped most of it ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Devil- View Post
    hah, so i went to school in louisiana .. and didn't pay attention in the grammer class .. come to think of it, i skipped most of it ...
    Missed out on the spelling class, too, I see...

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    Quote Originally Posted by deraltekluge View Post
    Missed out on the spelling class, too, I see...
    naw, in that one i slept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apricissimus View Post
    I've been increasing my mileage over the past few months, and I've lost about 10 pounds. But now I'm down to 150 and I don't want to lose any more! I'm actually a little worried about this because I'm naturally kinda skinny, and in college I was actually once all the way down to 125 pounds (I'm male, 5 feet 9 inches).

    I gotta think I won't get near that weight, but I ought watch it.
    Just pay attention to what you are eating after long rides. I have the same problem, but I've finally put enough muscle on that I've stabilized at 135 (I'm 5'8" and was down to 110lbs 3 years ago, almost none of it muscle. I think I was bones and fat mostly; needless to say, I was very unhealthy and unhappy). Cycling gives me enough of an appetite boost that I eat enough now.

    Speaking of which, snack time...

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