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Old 05-11-05, 03:44 PM   #1
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Indoor bike training question.

Hi,

I am a little bit over my natural weight, I need to lose about 10 kilos (about 20 pounds).
I wonder if an Indoor bike would help me?
Would it help reduce the fat of my abdominus? Because I think that cycling would exercise the lower part of the body only. Am I wrong here?
What about the thighs??


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Exercise will burn calories, and cycling is an excellent exercise. Burning the extra calories will help you produce a calorie deficit (don't eat more just because you exercised), and the weight will come off. Fat will be burned from all over your body, not just your abdomen.

Your thigh muscles will get stronger and firmer, but the fat will only go away with a calorie deficit.
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Hi,

I am a little bit over my natural weight, I need to lose about 10 kilos (about 20 pounds).
I wonder if an Indoor bike would help me?
Would it help reduce the fat of my abdominus? Because I think that cycling would exercise the lower part of the body only. Am I wrong here?
What about the thighs??


Thanks a lot guys.
An indoor bike will definitely help you. But dropping bodyfat is about more than just the exercise- you will need to tailor your eating so that you're eating healthy and eating enough for the amount of work you do from your exercise, as well as your daily caloric needs. In addition, I always recommend a good strength training program to develop lean muscle mass. As you develop more lean muscle mass, your energy needs will increase, which means your metabolism will increase, and there will be a greater increase in fat loss.

All three of those things need to be in place for a successful fat loss program. So, see a nutritionist or dietitan to find out what your dietary needs will be to support your exercise regime and enable you to lose weight. Then put together a good cardio program- aim for 5- 6 days per week of 45 min to an hour minimum. Also, begin to incorporate strength training into your routine. Aim for 2- 3 days per week.

You can't spot lose, so don't fixate on trying to lose only in one place. Where you get your bodyfat gains is mostly genetic. And problem spots will always be difficult to lose the fat from, but keep up the exercise and eating routine so you can meet your goals.

Good luck.

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