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Old 04-01-06, 07:20 AM   #1
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afraid of losing too much weight

I just started riding two days ago....and i feel like i'm hooked already. When i moved to nyc last year i lost some weight. And i got all the regular "why are you so skinny?" questions. I didn't change my diet, only walked more. Now i'm wondering if I will lose a lot more weight cycling. I am not going to be riding much. Commuting a couple days a week (about 5 miles each way), and then just recreational. Any diet advice? I am a female 5'6 and weigh 120, i would like to stay at that. My husband is in the same exact boat as well...
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Old 04-01-06, 07:25 AM   #2
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I just started riding two days ago....and i feel like i'm hooked already. When i moved to nyc last year i lost some weight. And i got all the regular "why are you so skinny?" questions. I didn't change my diet, only walked more. Now i'm wondering if I will lose a lot more weight cycling. I am not going to be riding much. Commuting a couple days a week (about 5 miles each way), and then just recreational. Any diet advice? I am a female 5'6 and weigh 120, i would like to stay at that. My husband is in the same exact boat as well...
Just remember to eat on longer rides and have a snack. I think you've just pared down to your ideal weight is all, I wouldn't sweat it! Lookat the people wha are asking you these inane stupid questions, by the way, are they a bit on the chunky side? Perhaps thewy are just having their own self image threatened? Just because you don't look like a side of beef doesn't mean you are unhealthy.....ever heard of a runners build?
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Old 04-01-06, 05:18 PM   #3
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Haha, you could be me!

I'm 5'6" and female. At the end of high school I weighed in at 128 pounds. By the end of my first year of college I weighed 105. I was never anorexic, I do not suffer from any body image issues, and I was not trying to lose weight. At 105 I did have problems with my immune system and I was lethargic and generally didn't feel that healthy.

5 years later I've never gotten back to the 130 range, but now hover around 110-115. At this weight I haven't had any issues with my immune system sucking, and I figure it's probably ok since I'm very small boned. I do still get a lot of "oh but you are so skinny" comments though.

I started cycling 2 months ago, and have been riding at least 5 miles a day since then, and usually averaging more like 15-20 a day. So far I've only lost a couple of pounds, and I feel fine. I think this is because my appetite has been increasing relative to my activity level (with some activities it tends not to, such as walking, and then I have issues with losing weight).

My advice would be just to watch yourself for a while. Make sure you get enough calcium, cycling does not work as a weight bearing activity and therefore does not help with bone density like walking, jogging and weight lifting do. Eat when you get hungry, and make sure you keep snacks around, and bring them on longer recreational rides. I find this is one of the hardest things for me to do with school, I try to keep granola and stuff around so that I can eat when I get hungry.

So far I have not had to resort to supplements or anything to maintain my weight. I just keep an eye on my diet to make sure I'm getting enough calories (you can use fitday for a week or so to get an idea of what you are eating and which foods are good choices).

Foods I like:
Yogurt (I try to get the kind made with whole milk, though it can be hard to find)
Chocolate milk
Granola
Chicken
Avocado

I hate all the energy bars (I've tried about 20 and they are almost universally too sweet for my tastes) and find that granola is a really good substitute when I'm on rides.

I've been considering seeing a nutritionist to try to get an idea of how healthy my diet is and if there are things I should change. It's frustrating sometimes that the only diet advice I can find is either for people trying to lose weight or men trying to put on mass amounts of muscle, neither of which are groups I fit into. Most people laugh and act like I don't have a problem when I ask for advice on maintaining my weight in a healthy manner. If you find a source of good advice on this, let me know!
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Well as long as your getting ample fat and protein in your diet and not just loads of carbs and your not going hungry then you should be OK.

There's no need to be afraid of animal fats. See http://www.westonaprice.org/

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Old 04-02-06, 08:33 AM   #5
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How do you get your extra calcium? I never realized that fact.
Thanks for the tips.
Sounds like we are in the same boat.
Its reassuring that you haven't dropped a ton of weight while riding.
I'm sure that keeping up on food will do the trick.
I love food in general...so that works!
thanks!
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Old 04-02-06, 12:52 PM   #6
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How do you get your extra calcium? I never realized that fact.
Thanks for the tips.
Sounds like we are in the same boat.
Its reassuring that you haven't dropped a ton of weight while riding.
I'm sure that keeping up on food will do the trick.
I love food in general...so that works!
thanks!
I'm kinda paranoid about the calcium thing because I have a family history of osteoporosis (my mom was found to have significantly reduced bone density at 43, which is young for that), in addition to a small frame and light skin/eyes.

Getting it from your diet is best, dairy products have a lot, and some veggies are good sources as well. I try to eat yogurt every day, and chocolate milk is a big favorite of mine as well. Some people do not like dairy, but my digestive system has never had a problem with it. I also take calcium supplements. I can't stand the pills because they feel rotten in my stomach, so I generally stick to chewables. Haven't found one I like much yet though, but I do take 2 a day. It's best to take them with food, as they are supposed to absorb better that way.

It's also a good idea to make sure you still do some walking/running or start doing a bit of weightlifting. This will help keep your bone density up. I personally can't run to save my life, makes my knees and ankles hurt, so I walk. I really need to start back going to the gym for some weights. Just don't get intimidated by the big beefy guys

I'll second the not being afraid of fats and protein. I actually find I have to be careful when picking out food items that I don't end up with diet versions of things. I do avoid fast food though.

To avoid ending up getting fast food or takeout when I'm short on time, I try to cook some stuff that I can freeze. Soups work really well this way. I've got single serving ziploc bags of 15 bean soup and chili that I made in the freezer right now. It's really easy to heat one up when I need something fast. Potatoes don't freeze well like this btw!

Eat breakfast btw. This is one of the hardest things for me. I've started getting the yogurt smoothie things (make sure you get the regular, not the light), as they are easy to grab as I run (ride) out the door to school.
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One thing a lot of people don't realize is that eating calcium may help with slowing the rate of bone-density loss, but it does nothing to build it back up. Only weight-bearing exercise can actually build up bone-density. There was a show on the Discovery Channel about 8-years ago where they measured the difference between a professional baseball pitcher's arms; his pitching-arm had way higher bone-density than the other one.

Also be careful about eating too much calcium, you only need as much as your body's ready to absorb; too much will inhibit iron-absorption. It's all about the balance..
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I'm in the same boat.

I'm 5'11. I love junk food and McDonalds. I eat before I go to bed every day. I never watch what I eat. And I weigh 130 pounds.

I blame my parents. They're both tall and skinny people.
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I just started riding two days ago....and i feel like i'm hooked already. When i moved to nyc last year i lost some weight. And i got all the regular "why are you so skinny?" questions. I didn't change my diet, only walked more. Now i'm wondering if I will lose a lot more weight cycling. I am not going to be riding much. Commuting a couple days a week (about 5 miles each way), and then just recreational. Any diet advice? I am a female 5'6 and weigh 120, i would like to stay at that. My husband is in the same exact boat as well...
There are some calorie calculators on the net. Obviously they're not accurate, but it does give you a general idea.

http://www.healthstatus.com/calculate/cbc

I estimate you would burn 150 - 250 calories riding 10 miles. You can eat more on days you ride.

It's 1 more beer you can drink or 1 more scoop of ice cream. Enjoy!
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Be sure you eat right after a ride as well...
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we are all wanna be cyclists. only way we can loose too much weight is if we are in some 'shrink ward' with others who appear to be halocaust survivors.
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