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    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
    On the bike I feel like a conqueror ;)
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    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.

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    I lost 20 pounds over three months

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    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.

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    I lose about 2kg over a week eating as much as I can.

    Haven't done any tours longer than 9 days.

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    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?

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    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.

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    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...

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    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...

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    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.

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    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.

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    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
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    no, don't lose wt on tour, just gain it when I stop. sigh
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    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.

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    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).

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    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 .

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBlueToe View Post
    ... a can of beans, ...
    And be lite, maybe floating on the bike
    Hehe, love beens with rice.
    On the bike I feel like a conqueror ;)
    4 months touring trip from England to Spain http://www.underadometent.com

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