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    Hi, I am trying to lose weight by riding a bike...any tips?

    Hi there,

    I just bought a bike in hopes to lose some of this weight. Im not what you would call obese and most peopel dont find me even overweight but I see it when I dont have my shirt on and things like that.

    I was windering if anyone has any ideas for me to start out on. Like a schedual or sonthing that has worked for you. I would like to lose maybe 10-20 pounds at least. Im 20 yrs old male.

    SHould I start out slow? what should I eat? how should I do this. Any suggestions are greately appreciated.

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    My advice go out ride and have fun

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    But should I watch how much I ride? I tend to get dehidrated and faint a lot. Ive acually had to go to emerge once because of it.

    Anything special I should drink mor eof?

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    I'm not a medical doctor, and if you get dehydrated that easy I would suggest you consult with your doctor to be honest. The suggested amount is 1 litre of water per hour, so 4-8 ounces every 15-20 min.

    Everyone is a bit different, you can also try some of the energy drinks gatoroade.. Cytomax etc.. They will help you recover your electrolytes better while out on the ride.

    Another option that alot of people do is commute by bike to work every day, that way you can not put off riding. All of us have some dayswe just dont' feel like going out

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    Fainting could be a problem if you're cruising at 15 mph and lose control of your bike. Especially if there's auto traffic; you could suffer additional injuries. Please seek medical advice and get control of this condition, before you put yourself in danger on a bicycle.
    Iím not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said whatever it was.

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    I dont faint all the time i just think I try to hard or over do it. I just dont know what my limit should be

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    Biking has helped me a lot.. Between giving up on running and learning to love cycling- I gained about 50 pounds.. Cycling has taken off about 35 pounds. Like to loose the last 15..
    Cycling is great, do not find it quite as fast at loosing weight as running.. I ran/cycle so that I can be a pig and eat everything in sight.. Running did conquer that problem; I am sure cycling could-but I already am on the bike at least, 15 hours a week..
    I know get more intense with my time..
    Point is I could do better at what I stick in my mouth. That is the secret.. It really is pretty easy with determination and exercise.. With the mileage I put in and a little restraint, I should get down below that last 15 pounds..
    My belief, I don't think a low carb diet is for cyclists- just watch the fat and calories.. What does the rest of us eat..?

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    What speeds and amount of hrs a week did everyone start off as?

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    You'll probably get alot of different answers there.. I started off doing 12 miles.. my brother started off doing 1-2 miles. Everyone is in different physical shape, that will be the deciding factor. You have to pay attention to your'e body, and it will let you know what you can do.

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    The main thing is to be consistant. Try to get out every day if you can, but don't worry too much if you miss, just get back at it. The other thing is intensity. You have to work hard enough to get your hearbeat up, but not so hard that you can't go for at least an hour or so. Drink lots of water, you can't drink too much of it. The last thing, as zealot says, is to limit your eating, but still enough to keep your energy level up.

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    shut off the computer and ride!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I can't ride and Frown!

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    I would but its snowing outside

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    I agree with aerobat consistency as to exercise and diet is the key to weight loss .I suggest you start gradual and at an intensity you can sustain and consistently start building up a base of miles.Once your fitness and conditioning improve you can gradually start upping the miles and intensity from there.Proper nutrition and hydration are very important you should start well hydrated and drink water throughout the ride and key nutrients potassium,sodium,magnesium,calcium,E may be needed as well during the ride or for recovery(I suggest you read up on electrolyte replacement).For diet overall you have to consume less calories than you burn and I suggest you eat frequent small balanced meals focusing on whole unrefined sources adjusting the carbs and overall calories to your activity level.You need to learn to eat for function .See the recent threads started by Justen in the T&N forum for ideas on training strategies and nutrition during training to maximize fatburning and weight loss .Good Luck and get out riding (or stay6 indoors and ride if its too cold out).

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    Try to build some muscle, it'll help to burn fat faster. You might want to ride hills infrequently or buy a resistance band and include some weight training. It'll definitely help.

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    The best tip I can offer is to have patience with the process -- the weight isn't going to come off right away, at least it didn't for me. I was getting frustrated because I had been riding regularly since last August and hadn't really seen much (if any) weight loss, at least not until about a month ago when suddenly the pounds started to fall off pretty quickly. Lots of good things will happen as a result of your riding, but the weight loss might take a little while. Another thing to remember is that you shouldn't expect the cycling to make all the difference -- you still need to help yourself out with a proper diet.

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    Remeber you might lose inches before you lose weight since the conversion from fat to muscle (the latter being more dense) may plateu your weight. I had to lose my 60 pounds I gained after my pregnancy but it took 19 months and now I'm back to 130. Rember, input less than output. All y ou need to do to gain weight is eat 50 calories more per day than you expend (that's that one cookie you decided to cheat on for the day!) By the reverse process you can lose weight so don't kill yourself riding, just enjoy and the stamina and aerobic capacity will come in time.

    Also, if you wait until your thirst receptors tell you to drink, you are already headed into a losing battle with hydration, so drink, drink, drink even if you don't feel thirsty.
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    Thanks to everyone who write. I appreciate it. I can see that theres a nice bunch of people in here. Ill let you all know how I go and my progress. That being said, does anyone have any diets recommended that still give nice foods? Not just all veggies and thats it?

    If you do or know a site with some good diet ideas pleas elet me know ,

    thanks,

    joe

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    Just a good, balanced diet, but a little less of everything. Moderation is the key, as well as staying away from refined sugars and high fat foods. If you eat things you like, it's easier to stick with the diet, even though you're eating a little less.
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    Personally I suggest you view it as not so much a diet as a lifestyle change to healthy eating habits that you can sustain the rest of your life.Here is the site I usually recommend for weight training exercise demonstrations but it has sections on diet,weight loss and calorie counting as well : http://exrx.net/
    Last edited by RWTD; 04-05-03 at 10:22 PM.

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    My problem with dieting. I work shift work.. At 4 am, an orange just does not have the substance of a Mars bar. I disgust myself.. I am weak... A candy bar is far more filling and satisfying..
    If I could retire, I would boost my mileage from 650 miles (average) a month to maybe 1,000 plus and not have Mars bars at 4 am? Then I will loose another 20 pounds..

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    Thank you RWTD for that site... i forwarded it to my oldest bro.. he needs some motivation..lol
    i also like looking at different sites like these.. confirms my belief that wt training then a cardio program is the best way to go.. for me

    thanks again
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    check out my website at www.guidesforbetterliving.com you can get all the info you need to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. good Luck!

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    Originally posted by RWTD
    Personally I suggest you view it as not so much a diet as a lifestyle change to healthy eating habits that you can sustain the rest of your life.Here is the site I usually recommend for weight training exercise demonstrations but it has sections on diet,weight loss and calorie counting as well : http://exrx.net/

    That is exactly what I tell people who are trying to lose weight... I did the same thing about 4 years ago.. I was about 35-40 lbs. overweight... got tired of feeling like crap about it.. completely changed by life... stopped eating crap... starting eating 4-5 fruits a day, stopped eating fast food, stopped eating anything that came in a package (i.e. candy bars, chips, etc.) starting by walking and riding an exercise bike at the gym, then a little running... got back into cycling last year about this time, lost the 10 lbs, I had gained since getting a girlffriend/wife and settling down a bit... now I am at a good weight... but the key is, not to "diet"... Look at what you eat, and how you live your life, and change it... it takes a lot of will power, that most people don;t have.. I still get a craving for a Snicker bar every now and then... as long as you don;t overindulge you'll be good...

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    Originally posted by 1oldRoadie
    shut off the computer and ride!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I agree! I did away with my cable tv and internet for bicycle riding and have not missed them at all.

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    Originally posted by pletcgm
    I agree! I did away with my cable tv and internet for bicycle riding and have not missed them at all.
    [smartaleck] Then how are you posting here? [/smartaleck]


    Joe_jk: You've already made a great first step. Ride your bike. Ride it all over town and out into the sticks. You'll see stuff you won't see from a car, even though you're on the same roads. You'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you got to your destination under your own power. And pretty soon, your clothes will be looser and your friends will say "hey, you look great."

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