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    Why am I not losing any weight?

    I don't get it. I ride all weekend like 80 miles, eat semi-healthy, but i just don't feel any lighter? What gives?
    I noticed a slight drop before Xmas, but I feel it's all back... ugh.

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    Maybe it's the "semi" part you mentioned. I tend to eat the same semi food myself.
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    Calories in v. calories out.

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    either your body has adapted to the amount of riding you are doing so you either have to ride more and/or switch up your work out to trick your body into burning more amounts of calories n fat.

    I've been stuck at my weight +-4lbs for the past yr. For the life of me, I can't get below 190 and usually stay around 195, no matter how much or little I ride. So I'm in the same boat as you.......
    I don't see any weight difference but I can FEEL the power/speed differences though. I just try not to get caught up in the number cuz it will just leave me more frustrated then when I started.
    ...mad as a box of frogs

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    Quote Originally Posted by spindrifter
    I don't get it. I ride all weekend like 80 miles, eat semi-healthy, but i just don't feel any lighter? What gives?
    I noticed a slight drop before Xmas, but I feel it's all back... ugh.
    Don't feel bad. I work out at the gym 3 - 4 times a week (legs/upper body/cardio/spin classes) and ride 3-4 times a week as well, including back to back centuries as of late, and I put on a solid six pounds over December (no, it is NOT muscle). Some bodies acclimate to "stess loads" bettter than others, and sometimes, like in my case, I'm not always forthcoming with myself about the combinations of foods and amounts I'm consuming - and don't get me started on my little wine habit. Many on here may hiss at me, especially the lean-lean boys, but Weight Watchers is fabulous for teaching proper proportions one should be consuming - even athletes. No, you shouldn't use it in advance of a large ride (2 days out), but using the "point system" + "activity points" really works the rest of the time. I dropped 30 pounds last year doing WW while training for my first double. It does work.

    Of course, there is also the calories in versus calories out theory that I believe is fail proof unless you've got a thyroid issue.

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    That depends, how tall are you? What do you weigh? How is your diet? What else are you doing besides cycling?

    You want to lose weight, you need to make some lifestyle changes. I did and have so far lost 20 lbs. Its tough. You might ride 80 miles on weekends but what do you do the other 5 days of the week?

    See you doctor, join a gym, learn how to use the machines correctly (so many people think they know but they really don't and don't see the results they'd like because they are doing it wrong), change your diet. A certified trainer should also be able to help get you started (but I don't think its necessary).

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spindrifter
    I don't get it. I ride all weekend like 80 miles, eat semi-healthy, but i just don't feel any lighter? What gives?
    I noticed a slight drop before Xmas, but I feel it's all back... ugh.
    Hi,

    Heck, I ride more than that and I eat healthy and I still can't lose any weight. So when you figure it out let me know.

    Oh, and all of the comments above look good to me and I've tried some of them but still no weight loss.

    If I could lose 10 pounds I might be able to keep Exort in sight on the climbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1955
    Maybe it's the "semi" part you mentioned. I tend to eat the same semi food myself.
    My thoughts exactly!!!

    What I have learned about losing weight... it's hard. Dang hard. Takes like not eating anything good and exercising all the time. When I was hospitalized I had no food (period) and only IV saline for 7 days... I still only lost 15 pounds and all of that is back (plus a few that wander on without me looking).

    Best weight to lose is limited portions. use a salad plate or tea saucer, one serving only, and eat lean protein and green vegetables, 4 times a day - 1200 calories for a women and about 1600 - 1800 for a man (provided the person is exercising) No sugar, no starches, no sodas. Not fun!!! Here it is day 10 in January and I still haven't followed that plan!
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    Quote Originally Posted by avmanansala
    T A certified trainer should also be able to help get you started
    No such thing. Certified by who?
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    When I met with my surgeon after my cancer surgery, he told me I should try and lose weight. I stared at him. He said, its not hard, it just takes "discipline" Blank stare again. I finally exclaimed "Wow Doctor - You are going to be rich!" He said, "How's that???" "Well you just found the secret to losing weight - discipline - that's all it takes!" His response to me was "wiseacker"

    Spin just alittle discipline, that's all it takes...

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    in a world of temptation, a lil discipline is hard to achieve






    But can be done......
    ...mad as a box of frogs

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone
    in a world of temptation, a lil discipline is hard to achieve
    You nailed that one. It is amazing to me how food-centric we have become. Not surprising, I guess, given the relative affluence of our country -- a lot of expendable income, and an increasing trend toward instant gratification. I LOVE food... and eating out... but everything is either gigantic portions, or loaded with motor oil, and often both.

    The obesity epidemic is going to get much worse before it gets better. And I'm not passing judgement on anyone -- I know very few people who can consistently navigate the minefield that is the innundation of "consume, consume, consume" messages.

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    Cut the booze.

    When I try to lose weight, I find if I eat lots of fruits, veggies, minimal meat products, and cycle some, I'll lose weight.

    Cut the booze.
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    It's really easy to underestimate your caloric intake, even with the amount of cycling you are doing.

    It is also very common, as mentioned earlier, for your body to adapt to a certain level of exercise.
    When you reach a weight plateau, it's often best to "shock" your body with other forms of exercise. I kept a stable weight for many years, but it wasn't until I started multi-sports/interval training did the additional fat/weight come off. Admittedly, I am not on the bike as much as I'd like to be, but I still can get in 50-75 miles a week. I just throw in two running (one long, one windsprints) and one swim session a week.

    And yeah, I stopped eating out, too, unless it's with other like-minded people. In which case, we all would go to the healthier eating establishments. Water for beverages, no appetizers, skip the bread, don't even think about dessert. After a while, it becomes as much a habit as the fatty stuff.

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    My opinion on this is to lift more weights.. Having more muscle burns more fat.. Last year I dropped 40lbs with no significant change in my diet however I did have a large amount of muscle.. I started cycling 50+miles a week and the fat just started coming off. Do compound exercises such as squats, bench press, shoulder press, and pull ups. Visit a bodybuilding site such as bodybuilding.com for free weight workout plans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronjon10

    Cut the booze.
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    Simply put, your fat's turning into some lean muscle....
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    Quote Originally Posted by merider1
    Blasphemy! Witchery! Serpent Speak!
    I know, it's painfully unfair, but gads it works. I lose weight at 2x the pace when I stop the booze. Of course, I'm going drinking tonight.

    Serious training begins this weekend. I'm considering going off booze til Solvang (hahahahahaha, yeah right). If I did, I'd probably drop 15-20 pounds by then which would make that wall just a little easier.
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    Wow! thanks for all the quick replies... this place is like a support group, I can tell.
    Yes, I need to mix up my physical activities... too bad I don't play soccer anymore @&*%$!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spindrifter
    Wow! thanks for all the quick replies... this place is like a support group, I can tell.
    Yes, I need to mix up my physical activities... too bad I don't play soccer anymore @&*%$!!
    You can also check the training & nutrition forum. You have to avoid the people shilling their whey protein, and other sorts of things, but there's good stuff over there also.
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    Don't overdo the pre-ride carbo loading or the post-ride recovery meals (or the in-ride munching). Eat what you need to keep going but unless you're racing, you may not need as much as you're eating. Your body will tap into the fat during a long ride, but eat too much and you'll just be burning the carbs you keep filling yourself with.

    The calories you burn can be overcome and you can convince yourself you "deserve" the extra food because of the ride. I used to treat myself to a couple pints of Ben & Jerry's because of how many calories I burnt and felt justified. But that's why I'm still 10 pounds over where I want to be.

    Now, I just have to get everyone at work to stop bringing in M & M's. Handiwork of the devil. Damn those little bits of chocolaty goodness!
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    Although I'm not exactly svelt, I have lost about 15 pounds in the last few years, and I'm much leaner. Here's what's worked for me (some of these things are much easier for me to do than others). YMMV.

    1. Don't let yourself get too hungry. I think of "grazing" throughout the day, rather than thinking about large meals. If I get too hungry, my will power goes, and I bury myself in pasta. Have healthy food nearby at all times, and snack on it before you get hungry. Keeping your blood sugar levels stable is the key.

    2. Eat slow. Or at least slower. Take a break while eating and really try to determine if you're still hungry. Of course, you shouldn't be too hungry, even at the start of the meal (see tip #1). If you've had enough, stop. I know you COULD eat the whole sandwich, but do you really NEED to? Right now? Probably not. Box up the rest. You can eat more in a few hours if you're hungry again (see tip #1).

    3. Sometimes, I just gotta eat big. Give me a lot of something. When this happens, I let the quantity vary directly with the healthiness of the food. That means if I want to eat a lot, it better be healthy. If I want something rich and heavy, I'll have a much smaller quantity. So, I eat real chocolate and ice cream, but when I do, I have just a little bit. I know people that eat 1000 calories worth of fat free ice cream each night and wonder why they don't lose weight. And, sadly, they didn't even really enjoy the fake stuff they just ate.

    4. Lift some weights. I lose weight much quicker when I combine weight lifting with cardio. Calories are burned in muscles, so the more you have the more calories you burn.

    5. Drink water. I'm terrible at this, but I hear it's important.

    6. Splurge sometimes. If I deprive myself all the time, I throw in the towel and go wrist deep in pasta. Let yourself live, but in moderation. If you do over do it, which you will, don't give up. Get back to grazing and working out. It's the long term average that matters, not small fluctuations. Think about losing weight slowly, this takes the pressure off. But for god's sake, enjoy something you love once in a while. I'll often try to "earn" some pizza or whatever by having a hard workout before.

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    Here's what I did/do:

    Measure everything you eat. Whatever diet/lifestyle change you pick, it doesn't help if you don't measure out the portions like you're supposed to.

    Don't eat anything that you cannot control yourself with. If Oreos are your weakness, never have one, even as a treat, you will end up eating all of them.

    Eat at home. Prepare your own food. Eat simply.

    Weigh yourself daily. Be prepared for fluctuations, but pay attention to the trends, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merider1
    Blasphemy! Witchery! Serpent Speak!
    yes we all need our booze to get us through the week
    ...mad as a box of frogs

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    Don't overdo the pre-ride carbo loading or the post-ride recovery meals (or the in-ride munching). Eat what you need to keep going but unless you're racing, you may not need as much as you're eating. Your body will tap into the fat during a long ride, but eat too much and you'll just be burning the carbs you keep filling yourself with.

    The calories you burn can be overcome and you can convince yourself you "deserve" the extra food because of the ride. I used to treat myself to a couple pints of Ben & Jerry's because of how many calories I burnt and felt justified. But that's why I'm still 10 pounds over where I want to be.

    Now, I just have to get everyone at work to stop bringing in M & M's. Handiwork of the devil. Damn those little bits of chocolaty goodness!
    If ignorance is bliss, shouldn't you be happy?

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