Disclaimer: There is no magic bullet that will work for weight loss; For some just diet will work, for others just exercise, this thread is not about what worked per individual, but what will work in general for those people who are looking for generalized advise on weight loss. If your looking for something that works for you specifically and are deluded into thinking total strangers on the web can give you personalized advise, your looking in the wrong forum. The proper one is to find a nutritionist through one of the many online yellow pages or to seek advise from your physician. Once again, this is very generalized simply because nobody could cover every single facet for you no matter how much we would love to
There are a plethora of threads regarding this topic, obviously, here and I thought I'd try to start one single, dedicated thread to the topic. This would help keep down the traffic, simplify using the search function (could potentially be stickied to make it even simpler) and offer a venue to those people new to the forums to read through with ease, instead of asking the same question - causing the cycle of repetitive information.
So, without further ado, my contribution to this thread:
I've lost a lot of weight, probably not in a healthy time frame, but a lot of it had to do with genetics and what I was willing to change.
Some simple rules I've learned from here on this board, others and through trial and error.
- Just cycling will not make you lose weight.
- Just running will not make you lose weight.
- Just unbalancing your diet on the whim of the most recent 'research' will not do anything but make you upset in a month when the weight comes back.
- Changing your eating habits combined with a dedicated exercise plan is the only 100% guaranteed way to get off excess fat, increase your health, and make you happy in the long run. Period. EOM. There is no alternative route to this.
Now, there are some other realities:
- You can't half ass weight loss and expect results. Its my very unprofessional, non-degree in anything related to physical fitness or nutrition based opinion, but I think of health in today's age as a steep roof, and your the roofer with sandals shingling it - its steep, and if you slide - you get the picture. Its not to say you can't indulge yourself, its just to say that such indulgence has a cost, as all things do.
- I recently read an article that said that running fast burned more calories than walking slow, but that walking fast (aka speed walking) actually burned more calories than running when you take into consideration Net Calorie Burn, not Gross Calorie Burn. Conclusively, the average rider, riding under 15MPH on anything shy of Pike's Peek is probably going to burn fewer calories than running. While I will not attempt to throw out any hard facts, considering I have zero empirical evidence - I can tell you that answers to the question will always be speculation from those of us on this board, and very few of us are working on Graduate research projects in this area. Bottom line: There is no set answer to the question, sorry
[edited because what I can do, and where I am going is not important in this thread]
Nothing was ment to be mean, condecending or insulting in this post, and I truly hope that nothing was. Please feel free to IM me and I can remove/adjust anything that is, and I apologize here and now, just to be on the safe side.