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Old 05-16-05, 09:11 AM   #1
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In about 3 weeks I am doing a 450 mile 7 day tour. I'll be pedaling roughly 65 miles/day and camping the whole way...eating rice-a-roni, cous cous, veggies and whatnot. How much weight should I expect to lose..roughly? Just a random question!

P.S. this is my first long distance tour.
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hrmmm... when I did my first solo tour from Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal I lost 7lbs over 7 days (about 700KM). Depends on how much you are eating and if you are eating more than your are burning. On my last touring I indulged a little bit too much in the pasta. While it was longer (800KM over 3 weeks) I didn't lose much (maybe 2-3 pounds).
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hrmmm... when I did my first solo tour from Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal I lost 7lbs over 7 days (about 700KM). Depends on how much you are eating and if you are eating more than your are burning. On my last touring I indulged a little bit too much in the pasta. While it was longer (800KM over 3 weeks) I didn't lose much (maybe 2-3 pounds).
We won't be eating out much if at all. Just using a backpacking stove and cookset to prepare boxed rice dishes. Breakfast will probably be bagels. Snacks will consist of energy gels, energy bars, and fruit..and maybe some junk food because I have a sweet tooth. I don't think I'll be taking in as much as I'll be burning. I am currently 5'9" and 170-ish. If I came back at 160 I would be pumped!
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It's easy to lose the weight, its hard to keep it off once the exercise is over.

I'm 5'9" and 190-ish, I'd be pumped if I was 170!
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It's easy to lose the weight, its hard to keep it off once the exercise is over.

I'm 5'9" and 190-ish, I'd be pumped if I was 170!
Then I guess I'll just have to tour forever.
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Eat complex carbs. Brown rice rather than white, stone ground whole wheat rather than white bread and lots of fruit and veggies. You won't feel hungry and you will lose weight. Add more protein to maintain your weight.
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I am planning on bringing a lot of Quinoa. It's a "grain" that resembles cous cous but it's a better "grain". I said "grain" because it's actually a seed. It has way more flavour than rice or couscous and from what my girlfriend says, it's a whole protein. Here is some info I found on it:

"Nutritionally, quinoa might be considered a supergrain--although it is not really a grain, but the seed of a leafy plant that's distantly related to spinach. Quinoa has excellent reserves of protein, and unlike other grains, is not missing the amino aicd lysine, so the protein is more complete (a trait it shares with other "non-true" grains such as buckwheat and amaranth). The World Health Organization has rated the quality of protein in quinoa at least equivalent to that in milk. Quinoa offers more iron than other grains and contains high levels of potassium and riboflavin, as well as other B vitamins: B6, niacin, and thiamin. It is also a good source of magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese, and has some folate (folic acid)."
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Do a quick estimate. Figure out your planned daily calorie intake vs your estimated calories per day riding your loaded bike plus about 1500 calories for basic metabolism. You will lose approximate one pound for every 3600 calorie deficit.

An example: You burn 750 calories/hour for 6 hours of riding + 1500 = 6000 calories/day.

You eat 3600 calories of food.

Deficit = 6000-3600 = 2400 calories.

Weight loss is approximately 2/3 pound per day.

This is a rough estimate, of course. You would need to figure your own numbers.
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It depends on where you're touring. If you're touring through 90 degree, 90% humidity climate, I can guarantee you'll lose even more weight....
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I am touring Michigan in the middle of June. Average temps accoring to weather.com will be 79/80 (we'll see, it's been a very chilly May) and humidity averages around 75%
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I am planning on bringing a lot of Quinoa. It's a "grain" that resembles cous cous but it's a better "grain". I said "grain" because it's actually a seed. It has way more flavour than rice or couscous and from what my girlfriend says, it's a whole protein. Here is some info I found on it:

"Nutritionally, quinoa might be considered a supergrain--although it is not really a grain, but the seed of a leafy plant that's distantly related to spinach. Quinoa has excellent reserves of protein, and unlike other grains, is not missing the amino aicd lysine, so the protein is more complete (a trait it shares with other "non-true" grains such as buckwheat and amaranth). The World Health Organization has rated the quality of protein in quinoa at least equivalent to that in milk. Quinoa offers more iron than other grains and contains high levels of potassium and riboflavin, as well as other B vitamins: B6, niacin, and thiamin. It is also a good source of magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese, and has some folate (folic acid)."
I ate quinoa a lot when I toured South America. The Andean people eat a lot of quinoa. Quinoa soup was always a popular menu item for "Almuerzo". And yes, it is tastier than, say, brown rice. But this can also be effected by what you cook it in as it will absorb that liquid. I also suggest instant polenta as a not too heavy to carry, but stomach filling, super easy to cook fuel?
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Old 05-16-05, 03:16 PM   #12
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For what it's worth, I don't usually lose weight when I tour. In fact, I have often gained a little weight. However, I'm pretty small to begin with and don't have much to lose. I have observed on trips with friends of assorted sizes, that those of us who are slim tend to either remain the same weight or gain some, whereas those who start the trip overweight tend to lose weight.

I think my normal appetite is probably less than the average person, but when I'm touring, it can become ravenous. I find I have to watch my food intake while touring, as well as right after the conclusion of a tour. I'll also add that I like to eat dinner in restaurants when touring, but usually have a picnic breakfast & lunch. Southeast Asia is an exception, however, where prepared food is readily available everywhere, absurdly cheap, and generally delicious. When I've toured there, I eat out most of the time. Best food I've had? (in alphabetical order) France, Malaysia, Mexico, & Thailand.
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Best food I've had? (in alphabetical order) France, Malaysia, Mexico, & Thailand.

And Thailand would be at the list if by quality, right?
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One tour, I started a bit overweight and out of shape (it had been a very wet summer, so training rides weren't happening). I probably lost 5-7 pounds over the month we were gone (riding 1000+ miles through southern British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies).

The last tour I did, I was very fit at the beginning and gained a couple pounds because of all the great food (in France and Belgium), even though we covered a lot of miles.

So-o-o-o, will you lose weight? It depends.

Anymore, I don't let myself get out of shape. I am too old to let that happen. It is MUCH easier to STAY fit than to try to get it back, again.
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