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Old 09-06-08, 04:40 AM   #1
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Due to recumbent riding, I've got the best @$$ I've ever had. On an upright, my butt only stuck out when my legs got skinny. This is more of a round, juicy, and large phenomena.

...If only the belly fat would melt away.

Anyone out there with long-term experience? Will the belly fat go like it did after about a year of riding upright?
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Old 09-06-08, 10:57 AM   #2
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Due to recumbent riding, I've got the best @$$ I've ever had. On an upright, my butt only stuck out when my legs got skinny. This is more of a round, juicy, and large phenomena.

...If only the belly fat would melt away.

Anyone out there with long-term experience? Will the belly fat go like it did after about a year of riding upright?
I started riding this year to help with my weight loss. The belly fat is the last to go. It will take time. I'm down about 60lbs, but I still have another 60 to go.

Bike riding has definitely beefed up my muscles from the waist down. You won't lose belly fat from any particular exercise. You can strengthen the abdominal muscles with other exercises, but the muscles will be underneath the fat.

Just ride more, ride harder, and throw in any additional exercises you can. Pilates might be a good start. I track my calorie consumption also, you might want to look at that too.

If you are still using an electric assist on your bike, take it off. Do all of the work yourself.

As far as your butt... we need proof
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Old 09-06-08, 02:19 PM   #3
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I started riding this year to help with my weight loss. The belly fat is the last to go. It will take time. I'm down about 60lbs, but I still have another 60 to go.

Bike riding has definitely beefed up my muscles from the waist down. You won't lose belly fat from any particular exercise. You can strengthen the abdominal muscles with other exercises, but the muscles will be underneath the fat.

Just ride more, ride harder, and throw in any additional exercises you can. Pilates might be a good start. I track my calorie consumption also, you might want to look at that too.

If you are still using an electric assist on your bike, take it off. Do all of the work yourself.

As far as your butt... we need proof
Yeah, I like the benefits to the exercise, but I'm not a total purist about my figure. On the other hand, I am a purist about no diets. Dieting and me = bad combination. I tend to get very obsessive, especially when there are things like calories to count. I also get super hungry and end up binging at some point. I've had more success with weight maintenance by exercising and eating when I'm hungry.

It's been a few years since I've regularly ridden more than 3 miles (lived super close to work), and most of last year was spent in a car (moved too far from work for me to realistically ride), so things have degenerated somewhat. A few years back, when I regularly commuted 5 miles, the belly fat started started to go after about 6 months, and things really started to flatten up after about a year. I was just wondering how long it took for other folks.

Sorry, but I really need that electric assist right now. Without it, I would not take my bike to work. I'm not as disciplined as you are. (I've seen your story.) I have to work with my own attitudes and limitations (especially my anti-early-riser inclinations, which are so much more powerful in the morning, despite all my best intentions the night before). I am, however, working to decrease my dependence on it on the way back home. Since it has 4 different levels of assistance, I can gradually reduce. Believe it or not, I'm still getting areobic benefits with full power. I'm getting the endurance benefit (which helps with the fat burning), but I'm not getting as vigorous of a workout.

My leg muscles were actually a little sore the other day, so I guess I'm still training some muscle groups, even though I've had the recumbent for over 2 months now.
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Yeah, I like the benefits to the exercise, but I'm not a total purist about my figure. On the other hand, I am a purist about no diets. Dieting and me = bad combination. I tend to get very obsessive, especially when there are things like calories to count. I also get super hungry and end up binging at some point. I've had more success with weight maintenance by exercising and eating when I'm hungry.

It's been a few years since I've regularly ridden more than 3 miles (lived super close to work), and most of last year was spent in a car (moved too far from work for me to realistically ride), so things have degenerated somewhat. A few years back, when I regularly commuted 5 miles, the belly fat started started to go after about 6 months, and things really started to flatten up after about a year. I was just wondering how long it took for other folks.

Sorry, but I really need that electric assist right now. Without it, I would not take my bike to work. I'm not as disciplined as you are. (I've seen your story.) I have to work with my own attitudes and limitations (especially my anti-early-riser inclinations, which are so much more powerful in the morning, despite all my best intentions the night before). I am, however, working to decrease my dependence on it on the way back home. Since it has 4 different levels of assistance, I can gradually reduce. Believe it or not, I'm still getting areobic benefits with full power. I'm getting the endurance benefit (which helps with the fat burning), but I'm not getting as vigorous of a workout.

My leg muscles were actually a little sore the other day, so I guess I'm still training some muscle groups, even though I've had the recumbent for over 2 months now.
If I came off as too preachy... sorry about that. It wasn't my intention.

Do whatever works for you. I don't "diet", I've just changed my eating habits. I count my calories, but only to inform myself what I've actually eaten. I don't stop eating after I hit some magic number. I've certainly had a few 3500 calorie days.

I understand the morning motivation thing too. I'm better in the mornings than I used to be, but this past week was bad. I only rode to work two days.

As far as belly fat... my belly is still the fattest part of me. Maybe in another year I'll be happy with it. I'm sure I'll have a little loose skin, but that's okay, I'm doing this for the health benefits, not aesthetic reasons.
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If I came off as too preachy... sorry about that. It wasn't my intention.

Do whatever works for you. I don't "diet", I've just changed my eating habits. I count my calories, but only to inform myself what I've actually eaten. I don't stop eating after I hit some magic number. I've certainly had a few 3500 calorie days.

I understand the morning motivation thing too. I'm better in the mornings than I used to be, but this past week was bad. I only rode to work two days.

As far as belly fat... my belly is still the fattest part of me. Maybe in another year I'll be happy with it. I'm sure I'll have a little loose skin, but that's okay, I'm doing this for the health benefits, not aesthetic reasons.
It's cool. You were offering suggestions to help with the belly fat. ...Of course, I was bragging about another part of the anatomy. ...Have you had a similar effect?

The truth is that I will never have the washboard ab appearance. Although I've never gotten morbidly obese, I have carried extra weight since I was a teen. The bike riding is to keep things from geting out of hand. When I'm consistent over long periods of time, I do get pretty lean, but there is a small layer of fat cells around the abdomen. I can shrink them, but they won't go away without lipo.

Good news is that exercise does more than diet for burning off internal abdominal fat. (I guess that's what lies underneath the abs and close to the organs.) That's the fat that causes alot of the health problems.

...3500 calories a day, huh? After your commutes, I'm surprised you aren't BBQ'ing co-workers!
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It's cool. You were offering suggestions to help with the belly fat. ...Of course, I was bragging about another part of the anatomy. ...Have you had a similar effect?

The truth is that I will never have the washboard ab appearance. Although I've never gotten morbidly obese, I have carried extra weight since I was a teen. The bike riding is to keep things from geting out of hand. When I'm consistent over long periods of time, I do get pretty lean, but there is a small layer of fat cells around the abdomen. I can shrink them, but they won't go away without lipo.

Good news is that exercise does more than diet for burning off internal abdominal fat. (I guess that's what lies underneath the abs and close to the organs.) That's the fat that causes alot of the health problems.

...3500 calories a day, huh? After your commutes, I'm surprised you aren't BBQ'ing co-workers!
I was morbidly obese. Now I'm just vanilla obese. Working my way down to just overweight

I only eat 3500 calories a day on rare occasions. I average 1800-1900. Today was around 2500. I went bowling and ate junk and drank beer.

The only exercise I got today was housecleaning. Tomorrow I will go on a bike ride.
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I was morbidly obese. Now I'm just vanilla obese. Working my way down to just overweight

I only eat 3500 calories a day on rare occasions. I average 1800-1900. Today was around 2500. I went bowling and ate junk and drank beer.

The only exercise I got today was housecleaning. Tomorrow I will go on a bike ride.
Yeah, I am amazed by your story of going from morbidly obese to riding...is it 30 miles each way? Honestly, you are in much better shape than I am. I have found, though, that I am in much better shape than a lot of the thin folks, so screw 'em!

Beer is the ultimate sin, and boy do I love it, too! Yet another reason why I will never have the washboard abs.

You must ride tomorrow. You must, even on a Sunday. I missed on Friday, due to technical problems with the bike. I got it together on Saturday, and went about 17 miles (motor assisted). It made me feel really good, even though I did get overheated and have to stop and go into a store with seating for cooling and a drink at one point. (It was 104 degrees Farenheit here today.) I need to go out again on Sunday, since I will miss the Monday ride due to excessive commuting demands. (I will have to travel to multiple work sites that are very spread out.)
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Yeah, I am amazed by your story of going from morbidly obese to riding...is it 30 miles each way? Honestly, you are in much better shape than I am. I have found, though, that I am in much better shape than a lot of the thin folks, so screw 'em!

Beer is the ultimate sin, and boy do I love it, too! Yet another reason why I will never have the washboard abs.

You must ride tomorrow. You must, even on a Sunday. I missed on Friday, due to technical problems with the bike. I got it together on Saturday, and went about 17 miles (motor assisted). It made me feel really good, even though I did get overheated and have to stop and go into a store with seating for cooling and a drink at one point. (It was 104 degrees Farenheit here today.) I need to go out again on Sunday, since I will miss the Monday ride due to excessive commuting demands. (I will have to travel to multiple work sites that are very spread out.)
My commute is 33 miles round-trip. I think I would only ride on day a week if it were double that

I love my beer. I have cut way down, but I still drink some now and again. I don't care about having washboard abs.

I will ride today. The weather looks perfect, the house is clean, and I know of a few hills I want to tackle.
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Perhaps you might get down to 'plump'.
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Oh, just use your imagination! Men seem to be good at that.

By the way, I saw some young woman tonight that put my @$$ to shame. It just wouldn't quit. I was so jealous. She didn't even have to work for it. Just good genes. (Sigh)
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