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Old 12-12-04, 01:44 AM   #1
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Why?

Can anybody tell me why over the last 12mths i am putting on weight I train more than i did back then a lot more as a matter of fact. I have put on 7 kilos but my shirts arnt getting any tighter. I ride 50klm 6 times a week and dont eat any rubbish.Can anybody shed some light on this for me
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Old 12-12-04, 09:22 AM   #2
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muscle? muscle weighs more than fat per the same amount of volume. that, or depending on how old you are, you might have grown some.
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I am 40 so I dont think I am growing 7 Kilos sounds a lot for muscle, I have noticed my thighs are getting bigger.
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I am 40 so I dont think I am growing 7 Kilos sounds a lot for muscle, I have noticed my thighs are getting bigger.
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its probably muscles, though I've noticed that since starting to ride, when I start to eat too much ( and put on a few pounds), the fat goes to my legs instead of my gut. its kinda wierd. I'm a guy, just FYI.

also, if you've picked up your milage, you're probably hungrier, and therefore eating more. however, its really easy to overshoot. for instance, I find it a lot easier to lose weight when training for running (an activity that burns less calories) just becuase it makes me less hungry.

Try counting the acutal calories that you burn and the amount of calories that you eat. I think that you might be surprised.
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Your not going to gain muscel from cycling. did you take a break from riding? i took 3 weeks off to fully recover and gained 4lbs in 2 weeks. this was not fat though.
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Yes i did i had a couple of weeks of to get me knee operation.
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also, if you've picked up your milage, you're probably hungrier, and therefore eating more. however, its really easy to overshoot.
I did that when I first started riding, and I'm doing it again since I upped the hours I ride per week.
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I sometimes find that when I have a day with a few extra miles at a harder than usual pace, I give myself permission to eat a few extra tiny tons of food.
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Your not going to gain muscel from cycling. did you take a break from riding? i took 3 weeks off to fully recover and gained 4lbs in 2 weeks. this was not fat though.
I would have to say that its definitly possible to gain muscle from riding. In my case, I came from a running backround, and so my aerobic system was a lot more fit then my muscular system, so I'd be sore from a ride where my spin probably never dropped below 100, just becuase I would never be out of breath, but my legs were screaming at me. as time went by, my muscles caught up with my lungs, and so the muscle mass has stopped coming on, but still, there is inital muscle gain.
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