Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 19 of 19

Thread: Weight Loss

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    60
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Weight Loss

    I have seen several threads like this so I'll apologize in advance for making this one (there are a few subtle differences).

    I am around 300lbs right now and I have just started riding for exercise. I live in Bloomington, IN (Indiana University, Little 500) so biking around here is definately nice.

    I have started off riding around 4 miles a day (up and down hills) and I can manage this with a medium to high effort (I am winded when I get back, but not sore the next day). I also ride the bike around campus all day so thats a little bit more.

    What I am wondering is if you have any suggestions for how to go about this (more, less, more then less ).

    I am also a vegetarian and I was wondering how I should adjust my diet to handle the increase in exercise.

  2. #2
    Zen Cyclist jslopez's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    My Bikes
    Orbea Orca Campified...
    Posts
    1,458
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Since you're just starting out, just get some base miles under your belt.

    Ride around at a comfortable pace steadily increasing mileage and then increase intensity after (say after each month or two of the comforatble riding).
    ZEN CYCLIST once again...

  3. #3
    Senior Member kf5nd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Houston, TX 77095
    My Bikes
    Specialized Sequoia Elite, Schwinn Frontier FS MTB, Centurion LeMans (1986)
    Posts
    1,470
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Adjust your diet for the increase in exercise? How about keep it the same? Actually, as you liberate stored energy from fat and put it into your bloodstream through exercise, your appetite will be suppressed, and you may be able to eat less.

    I have always found it much harder to eat lightly when not exercising... viscious circle, it is.

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    37
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I know what your going thru. I've dropped around 100 pounds so far. I started at 320 pounds and began riding about 10 miles round trip to work and home, not really changing my diet.

    After I dropped around 40pounds, I began to watch my fat gram intake and my protein intake. Now that I'm down to 218, I still have around 40 pounds I want to drop, I'm also riding more nowfrom 6 years ago. I'm up to 20 to 30 miles perday, still riding to work and home. I put around 10 to 15 miles into work and around 15 to 20 coming home.

    I think the key to losing weight is riding more, but I also think you need to start watching your fat grams and your protein. Your probably eating to much protein already, especially when your only suppose to eat 3 to 6ounces of meat perday.

    I began watching my fat & protein intake and the weight started to drop off. Knowing how much calories you burn is helpful, but at first, start watching the fat & protein.

  5. #5
    Zen Cyclist jslopez's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    My Bikes
    Orbea Orca Campified...
    Posts
    1,458
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by kf5nd
    Adjust your diet for the increase in exercise? How about keep it the same? Actually, as you liberate stored energy from fat and put it into your bloodstream through exercise, your appetite will be suppressed, and you may be able to eat less.

    I have always found it much harder to eat lightly when not exercising... viscious circle, it is.

    I think that's one of the great enefits of cyclin. You can pretty much eat the same and maintain or even lose weight (depending on how much/hard you ride).

    Over the months though I found myself eating healthier. I'm not sure if that's a function of the cycling but as Istarted losing teh pounds I couldn't get myself to eat stuff that woudl ine effect be taking a few stpes back.

    Well not as much at least..
    ZEN CYCLIST once again...

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    60
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks for the replies. I am a vegetarian...so I actually have to add protein to my diet

    I do plan on upping the amount I ride, but if any of you know the Southern Indiana landscape you know that this is nothing but hill after hill after hill.

    I will try to increase my pace and distance over time.

  7. #7
    I fear angry birds Santaria's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Recalculating
    My Bikes
    2013 Salsa Vaya
    Posts
    2,154
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Not sure how you can be a vegetarian and have weight issues, to be honest. The only thing that comes to mind off the top of my head is that your in starvation mode from not taking in enough.

    I can't seem to come anywhere near my recommended intake and I too am a vegetarian.

    Hell, my biggest fear is that in about 25 lbs. I'll be bottoming out in my weight bracket and start having issues - the main issue being how to stabilize my weight loss.

    I'd say add miles as your comfortable. Eat more greens/colors less grains maybe.
    THE DEVIL

    Originally Posted by Scrodzilla
    If that was my house and you put your stupid bike in my flower garden to take a picture, I would come outside in my underwear and light you on fire.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    60
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've been a vegetarian for 3 years.

    My first year of being a vegetarian was bad....I just cut out healthy foods and only ate unhealthy ones.

    I've leveled it out over time.

    People forget that chips, snacks, sweets, cheese, and a lot of really unhealthy things are vegetarian

  9. #9
    Macaws Rock! michaelnel's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    San Francisco, CA
    My Bikes
    2005 Soma Doublecross
    Posts
    1,513
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by eelozano
    People forget that chips, snacks, sweets, cheese, and a lot of really unhealthy things are vegetarian
    Cheese? Cows are vegetables now? I know they act like vegetables sometimes, but I thought they were animals anyway.
    ---

    San Francisco, California

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    60
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vegetarian = No animal
    Vegan = No animal + No animal by-products

    I was vegan for a while too, but that wasn't fun...it was just hard

  11. #11
    Senior Member jennings780's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    St. Louis, Missouri
    My Bikes
    '06 Cannondale CAAD8, '04 Cannondale Ironman 2000
    Posts
    422
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Want to lose a lot of weight? Say a vegetarian. Give up dairy too. Eat only whole foods (I define as at least 4 grams of fiber per serving) IN other words, give up the processed foods. Weight will drop off.
    You aren't biking enough yet to worry about getting enough protein.

  12. #12
    Mettle to the Pedals Dewbert's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Central Indiana
    My Bikes
    Giant Cypress hyrbrid, Giant OCR2, Giant OCRc2, Giant Suede (wife's)
    Posts
    713
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hey there. I'm in Danville, just a little north and west of you. I've lost 82 pounds in the last 15 months and just started riding this spring. I weighed 310 when I started and I just completed my first century a couple of weeks ago. For weight loss and cycling, remember that food = fuel and that you really have to eat, appropriately, to fuel your system when riding. I'm also a diabetic, which complicates matters a little, but I'm good control and cycling is GREAT for weight loss and controlling the diabetes. There are a ton of great cycling events in Indiana. I've found that periodically participating in organized events keeps me motivated and introduces me to other folks with similar interests. If you haven't checked out this site, you should try it: www.cibaride.org

    Welcome aboard and remember that enjoying riding is critically important. It's one of those great activities that is very enjoyable and good exercise. Even short rides are great because any activity is an improvement over sitting on the couch!
    2008 Giant FCR3 (kitted up for touring)
    2006 Giant OCRc2 full-Carbon (for the sheer pleasure of riding)
    2005 Fuji MTB (for the snowy and muddy days)
    2007 Schwinn 7 Speed Alloy Cruiser (For getting to the Dairy Queen in style!)

    http://www.HowILost100Pounds.com

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    60
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thats what I was thinking.

    Like today I just got back from standing for 3 hours serving food (Soup Kitchen) and my legs are killing me. I'm thinking instead of my longer ride that I normally do I'll just cruise around campus for a bit just to get the heart rate up.

    Thanks everyone for the information...it has all really been helpful.

  14. #14
    Race to train jrennie's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    suffering on the back
    Posts
    3,115
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Santaria
    Hell, my biggest fear is that in about 25 lbs. I'll be bottoming out in my weight bracket and start having issues - the main issue being how to stabilize my weight loss.
    Mine too, after the weight is gone and you start to a calories back in thats when you worry about adding two many. Also remember it is not only about the amount of fat you intake, its how much you intake. I always thought of it as a bank account. If you have a daily budget of 2000 calories, stay under that number and you loose weight, over and gain. Eating smaller meals helps as does not eating after like 9pm(or whenever you taper down for the night, go to bed on an empty stomach)

  15. #15
    Giant-Riding Ogre Don Gwinn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Virden, IL
    My Bikes
    2005 Giant OCR2
    Posts
    469
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Stick with it, it's well worth it. Today is my 80-lb. milestone day, from my highest recorded weight of 396 (though I believe I actually probably reached 400-425 between that weighing and beginning to diet almost six months later) to 316 this morning before my early-morning ride. I can't wait to hit 300. . . . and 250 . . . . and 200? I'd have to get pretty lean to make 200, but after discovering cycling I'm beginning to think I can do it.
    Starting at 300, you have a great advantage. Being a vegetarian is going to simplify things, too, although I stay away from processed foods pretty easily by simply grilling a lot of fish, chicken, burgers and steak. I'm also a hunter, so I eat a lot of venison--but I no longer bread it in pancake mix and fry it in a pan, as is family tradition. I think that MIGHT be why venison wasn't quite as healthy as mom seemed to think it was.
    _________________________________________________

    Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Free Calorie Counter

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    60
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    80lbs...thats impressive. Thats the number I'm looking for...I want to lose about 80lbs so that I feel like a fat guy...not a morbidly obese guy.

    Obviously I'll set a new goal after that and as of right now I'm just trying to get down to 290.

  17. #17
    No pain, no gain. PainTrain's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    California's Gold That's Amazing!
    My Bikes
    Trek 7100, Windsor Fens
    Posts
    513
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Don Gwinn
    bread it in pancake mix and fry it in a pan
    Oh man, that do sound good though.

  18. #18
    Giant-Riding Ogre Don Gwinn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Virden, IL
    My Bikes
    2005 Giant OCR2
    Posts
    469
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That's because it IS. We did the same thing to panfish like bass, crappie, and bluegill, and let me tell you, that's HEAVEN. Just put a few plates of deep-fried, golden brown, flaky white fish--none of that fishy oil taste they try so hard to cover with lemon and stuff on the ocean fish--in the middle of the table. We ate it with ketchup. It's a redneck meal, for sure, but just typing the words makes me hungry.
    Come to think of it, that's how we cooked morels. And rabbit. And squirrel. Maybe there's a pattern here?

    Nowadays I broil venison with a little curry or some Montreal steak pepper mix, and it's still better than an average beef steak. And I eat a lot of broiled salmon and tilapia, and honestly, with some curry sauce and red pepper, that's good stuff. You can broil the panfish that way and I still prefer it to the salmon and tilapia, but that usually happens at a family gathering where everyone else is piling their plates with the deep fried fishy heroin, so it takes some of the joy out of your baked fish.

    Cooked the way I do it now, though, panfish and venison are both very lean, very low-cholesterol sources of protein, as well as being food I really like to eat. But you'd just about have to be a deer hunter and a fisherman to eat them on a regular basis.
    _________________________________________________

    Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Free Calorie Counter

  19. #19
    Giant-Riding Ogre Don Gwinn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Virden, IL
    My Bikes
    2005 Giant OCR2
    Posts
    469
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Oh, I almost forgot the best/worst part of deep frying pan fish (and let me note here that I include Walleye in that group, but only REAL walleye, not the Alaskan whitefish that gets served at restaurants and "walleye dinner" fundraisers. If you paid for it, it's probably not actual walleye!)

    Anyway, the best/worst part is that once you've fried your fish, you've got to "purify" the grease to get rid of that fishy smell or the grease can't be reused. How do you do that? Simple! Slice up a few potatos and deep fry homemade potato chips, which the family then eats with lots of salt and ketchup after finishing off the fish.

    It's probably perfectly healthy to have this sort of meal--on February 29th. We used to do it every couple of weeks when I was a kid.

    Could be worse, though. My dad never got fat; he just came about this close --><-- to diabetes.
    _________________________________________________

    Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Free Calorie Counter

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •