Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-29-07, 01:19 PM   #1
kipibenkipod
Got an old Peugeot
Thread Starter
 
kipibenkipod's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: I'm from Israel
Bikes: I had a Trek 1200
Posts: 642
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Losing weight on tour?

Hi,
I'm heavy guy, and part of the touring should be to lose weight.
I wonder, do you lose weight on tour? Can you give numbers (km/kg)?
Please post tips and experience.
Tnx
kipibenkipod is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-07, 02:01 PM   #2
permanentjaun
Senior Member
 
permanentjaun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 1,713
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I didn't lose a single pound when I did my tour. I actually gained weight. In the beginning I lost all the fat and replaced it with muscle. My eating was making up for all the calories I lost. I've never had such a huge appetite in my life.

Then when I ended the tour I went from burning 10,000 calories a day to maybe only 2000. I gained 10 lbs in 3 days. I need to get back on the bike.
permanentjaun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-07, 03:04 PM   #3
baskinrobbin
uhmmmm?
 
baskinrobbin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 72
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I lost 20 pounds over three months
baskinrobbin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-07, 06:53 PM   #4
pmseattle
Senior Member
 
pmseattle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Seattle, WA
Bikes:
Posts: 451
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by kipibenkipod View Post
Hi,
I'm heavy guy, and part of the touring should be to lose weight.
I wonder, do you lose weight on tour? Can you give numbers (km/kg)?
Please post tips and experience.
Tnx
I lose weight very quickly, and I have to struggle to maintain a stable weight. I make numerous quick stops for high calorie junk food. Yesterday I did a fast ( unloaded ) 120 mile ride. I had a large breakfast before the ride. During the ride I devoured 48 oatmeal cookies, six cliff bars, several dishes of ice cream, several Dreyer's frozen fruit bars, and numerous fruit drinks. I lost four pounds.
pmseattle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-07, 07:22 PM   #5
Cave
Slowpoach
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Melbourne, AU
Bikes: Cannondale T800, Northwood tandem, 1970s Gitane fixxed 45x16
Posts: 1,088
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I lose about 2kg over a week eating as much as I can.

Haven't done any tours longer than 9 days.
Cave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-07, 08:52 PM   #6
permanentjaun
Senior Member
 
permanentjaun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 1,713
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by pmseattle View Post
I lose weight very quickly, and I have to struggle to maintain a stable weight. I make numerous quick stops for high calorie junk food. Yesterday I did a fast ( unloaded ) 120 mile ride. I had a large breakfast before the ride. During the ride I devoured 48 oatmeal cookies, six cliff bars, several dishes of ice cream, several Dreyer's frozen fruit bars, and numerous fruit drinks. I lost four pounds.
Haha! 48 oatmeal cookies?!?! I assume you're speaking of the smaller size. Were you craving those and bought some at a supermarket or carrying them?
permanentjaun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-07, 08:54 PM   #7
Machka 
Long Distance Cyclist
 
Machka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: I ride where the thylacine roamed!
Bikes: Lots
Posts: 46,013
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 230 Post(s)
I don't lose much during my tours ... even after cycling 5000 kms over 3 months in Australia, I had lost only about 5 lbs.
Machka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-07, 08:54 PM   #8
Tuffwolf
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 141
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
you have to be very careful that the weight that you lose isn't do to dehydration. when i ride with a heart rate monitor that also measures calories burned i burn between 40 and 70 calories a mile depending so the usual 30 or 40 mile ride i burn some where between 2000 and 3000 calories but that is on an easy ride hills give me more pushing a load will give you more get a good heart rate monitor that measures calories burned and use that as a base during training rides.. they you can count calories if you like... the people who don't lose weight probably gain muscle mass and lose fat...
Tuffwolf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-07, 09:07 PM   #9
Old Hammer Boy
Senior Member
 
Old Hammer Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Utah
Bikes: Trek, Cannondale Tandem, Surly LHT
Posts: 1,082
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Before starting my recent 52-day tour (Southern Tier), my spinning trainer suggested I put on at least 10 lbs of reserve before starting, and I did put on about 8 lbs. From San Diego to Houston I dropped about 20 lbs. I weighed about 160 lbs when I started, and arrived in Houston at about 140. At my sister's place in Houston, in four days, I gained back perhaps 5-7 lbs. After my tour, I ended up at about 145 and I'm still there, 5 months later. I ate lots, I mean lots of high calorie foods including chocolate malts, root beer floats, and anything else that wouldn't eat me first. I also ate lots of meat and sea food, pastries, you name it. It's one of the great pleasures of touring, eating so much and staying slim, at least for me. I also gained lots of strength that I still enjoy as I climb the local canyons. Go for it...
Old Hammer Boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-07, 09:08 PM   #10
Blue Jays
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: United States
Bikes: roadbikes and full-suspension mountainbikes
Posts: 1,926
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If the calories one burns exceeds the calories one consumes...coupled with adequate water consumption...weight should be lost by anyone, regardless of their current weight.
Blue Jays is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-07, 09:16 PM   #11
pmseattle
Senior Member
 
pmseattle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Seattle, WA
Bikes:
Posts: 451
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by permanentjaun View Post
Haha! 48 oatmeal cookies?!?! I assume you're speaking of the smaller size. Were you craving those and bought some at a supermarket or carrying them?
Medium size about 2" across, not the huge cowpie size. I stopped at a small country store and bought two boxes to browse on. If I don't keep feeding myself as I ride, I will bonk. I rode up to a pass in the Cascade mountains which involved a fairly energy intensive ride.
pmseattle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-07, 11:01 PM   #12
Losligato
VWVagabonds.com
 
Losligato's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 587
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Our last story was about how we had unwittingly gained weight while cycling through Vietnam and Cambodia.

Here is a link: http://www.vwvagabonds.com/Bike/BikeTales17.html
Losligato is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-07, 12:08 AM   #13
valygrl
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Boulder, CO
Bikes:
Posts: 8,321
Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 38 Post(s)
no, don't lose wt on tour, just gain it when I stop. sigh
valygrl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-07, 07:27 AM   #14
tarwheel 
Senior Member
 
tarwheel's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC
Bikes: Waterford RST-22, Bob Jackson World Tour, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Soma Saga, De Bernardi SL, Specialized Sequoia
Posts: 8,479
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 52 Post(s)
weight gains on tours

I generally ride a supported weeklong bike tour with my brother every summer. The first time we did this, several years ago, I gained 8 pounds even though we rode over 400 miles that week. I was eating everything in sight, afraid that I might bonk riding 60-80 miles/day. Apparently I way overdid it. Since then, I watch what I eat on bike tours and don't gain any weight, but I usually don't lose any either. Of course, if we skipped the trips to the pub after our ride every day I probably would lose some weight, but that would take much of the fun out of the trips.
tarwheel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-07, 07:54 AM   #15
Shemp
Senior Member
 
Shemp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes: Cannondale T2000, Gary Fisher Sugar2, Trek Madone 5.2SL
Posts: 858
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I lost 5 pounds in two weeks this year (not water weight because it's still gone), but that was a decent amount of cycling, a fair amount of hiking (vertical) and we didn't have access to all the food we could eat due to how much/little we could carry. Not a lot of eating out along the way, and the stops were expensive, so we didn't gorge ourselves. My wife and I'd have some freeze-dried eggs and split 3 packets of oatmeal for breakfast, lunch we were usually able to get a sandwich nad chips or fries, then dinner was often back to freeze dried entrees my wife and I would split and some nuts. I rarely snacked, but when I did, it and desserts were usually a Payday bar or Tootsie Rolls (both pack and keep well).
Shemp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-07, 09:27 AM   #16
BigBlueToe
Senior Member
 
BigBlueToe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Central Coast, CA
Bikes: Surly LHT, Specialized Rockhopper, Nashbar Touring (old), Specialized Stumpjumper (older), Nishiki Tourer (model unknown)
Posts: 3,389
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The only time I checked was after a 4 week tour down the west coast. I started with a little paunch - nothing major but I was hoping to lose it. It turned out I had gained weight. My paunch was a little smaller, but my legs were quite a bit bigger, so the added weight was muscle, which is a good thing.

I, too, always have a voracious appetite on tour, but being able to eat like that is part of the fun. I have also noticed that bike touring isn't as economical as one might think, because I spend so much on food. Of course, if I went back to eating like I did when I was a poor college student bike tourer - a can of tuna, a can of beans, some fruit, etc. - instead of eating in restaurants for 2nd breakfast and lunch - it would be cheaper. I might lose a little weight too .
BigBlueToe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-07, 09:37 AM   #17
NeezyDeezy
Senior Member
 
NeezyDeezy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 880
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It's easy to get used to eating a lot more on tour... But once you're back home, you keep the hunger even after your metabolism slows down, so I can see how it would be easy to gain weight.
NeezyDeezy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-07, 11:33 PM   #18
kipibenkipod
Got an old Peugeot
Thread Starter
 
kipibenkipod's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: I'm from Israel
Bikes: I had a Trek 1200
Posts: 642
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigBlueToe View Post
... a can of beans, ...
And be lite, maybe floating on the bike
Hehe, love beens with rice.
kipibenkipod is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:13 PM.