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Old 06-02-08, 10:54 AM
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How to not lose weight while cycling.

Well, some startling new research says: standing up and exercising lightly will burn calories nicely, whereas sitting down with same exercises not so much.

"We're talking probably 20 pounds of muscle in each leg. That's a lot of muscle that can be engaged in routine activities," including burning fat. But they can't do that without the enzyme that is suppressed while seated."

Don't know what all this means for cyclists, stand while pedaling(?), further studies said to be forthcoming...

http://www.abcnews.go.com/Technology...3922069&page=1
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I thought you were going to say something like "Weak Link, we saw you just eat that cinnamon roll, and if you think you're going to lose weight that way, you're nuts".

I'm really glad you didn't. I would have had paranoia on top of guilt.
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Can't offhand think of any other physical sport where you sit down (Except Rowing)

So If I go into a bar and drink 5 pints while sitting on a stool- I won't lose any weight- but If I stand up- I might.
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The sitting down part implies legs not moving. Like sitting and doing curls with a pencil and tea bags. Cycling isn't included in the sitting down data.

I'll be standing at the bar from now on.

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Another Government funded study. Just what we need, good greif.
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I didn't lose any weight on my last 30-miler. Hmmm ... perhaps a closer examination of it is called for.

- Rode 17 miles while sitting down. Did take a few stops along the way to stand up and stretch.

- Sat down and ate a pizza.

- Rode 9 miles while sitting down.

- Walked across street to get a chocolate covered doughnut, which I ate standing up.

- Rode 4 miles while sitting down.

Darn, even after reviewing my activities, I just can't figure out why I didn't lose a couple of pounds.
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Things to consider:

A. In 1982, I took up cycling and weighed 160#.
B. In the first 2 years, I pedaled 13,000 miles and weighed 145#.
C. Over the next 20 years, I pedaled 121,000 miles and weighed 242#.
D. Over the last 5 years, I've pedaled an additional 35,000 miles and now weigh 190#.

My point is, that cycling alone does not make one lose weight. It takes constant vigilance on what you eat.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
Things to consider:

A. In 1982, I took up cycling and weighed 160#.
B. In the first 2 years, I pedaled 13,000 miles and weighed 145#.
C. Over the next 20 years, I pedaled 121,000 miles and weighed 242#.
D. Over the last 5 years, I've pedaled an additional 35,000 miles and now weigh 190#.

My point is, that cycling alone does not make one lose weight. It takes constant vigilance on what you eat.
That's a lot of miles/year... which is a lot of calories burned.

I don't even want to know what you were eating during that time!

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Maybe I should take the seat off my bike, that way I can start drinking beer again.
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Originally Posted by Olden Crow View Post
Well, some startling new research says: standing up and exercising lightly will burn calories nicely, whereas sitting down with same exercises not so much.

"We're talking probably 20 pounds of muscle in each leg. That's a lot of muscle that can be engaged in routine activities," including burning fat. But they can't do that without the enzyme that is suppressed while seated."

Don't know what all this means for cyclists, stand while pedaling(?), further studies said to be forthcoming...

http://www.abcnews.go.com/Technology...3922069&page=1
Hi,

That's the only statement in the whole article that implies that the enzyme is inhibited while seated and exercising. I read the article to say that a lot of people are gaining weight because many of us (including me) spend most of our day sitting.

I don't see anything in the article that explicitly states that exercising while in a sitting position has the same deficit with respect to enzyme levels.

I'm sure there's more to come, but I think the key message is that you need to get up out of your seat at work as much as possible to keep your enzymes levels as close to "normal" as possible.
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Don't know about burnin' fat, but my HRM said I burned 2372 calories YESTERDAY!!! on my ride up Ebbetts pass... didn't check after Saturday's ride up Monitor Pass, but it was probably another 2000 cals..... oh yeah, 98% seated....
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Originally Posted by speedlever View Post
That's a lot of miles/year... which is a lot of calories burned.

I don't even want to know what you were eating during that time!


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Originally Posted by Cleave View Post
Hi,

That's the only statement in the whole article that implies that the enzyme is inhibited while seated and exercising. I read the article to say that a lot of people are gaining weight because many of us (including me) spend most of our day sitting.

I don't see anything in the article that explicitly states that exercising while in a sitting position has the same deficit with respect to enzyme levels.

I'm sure there's more to come, but I think the key message is that you need to get up out of your seat at work as much as possible to keep your enzymes levels as close to "normal" as possible.
And cut back on the BALONEY !!!
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
Things to consider:

A. In 1982, I took up cycling and weighed 160#.
B. In the first 2 years, I pedaled 13,000 miles and weighed 145#.
C. Over the next 20 years, I pedaled 121,000 miles and weighed 242#.
D. Over the last 5 years, I've pedaled an additional 35,000 miles and now weigh 190#.

My point is, that cycling alone does not make one lose weight. It takes constant vigilance on what you eat.
According to your figures, since 1982 you've gained 30 lbs. of muscle mass.
If I were you, that'd be my story, and I'd stick to it...

Just think what you'd look like 'without' all those miles.
Damn good job, I'd say.
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I read the article with interest, but was left with more questions than answers. I wish they had included another test group (or would in the future), that being "sedentary standing." i.e. set the computer up on a counter and stand in front of it for the same time as is being measured for sitting. Their "stand up and putter" suggestion, to me, says "stand up and walk around" which equals exercise (very mild, but exercise). If you stand up and walk around an extra four hours a day it would make sense you would loose weight based on extra calories burned!
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Great! I've been jogging 9 miles a week (3 miles 3x per week at 4.0 - 4.5 mph) and working out with weights. I have cut my calorie consumption down and I'm still not loosing weight. Muscle mass????

My blood pressure is staying up and I wonder if it is because I am getting to much caffeine from drinking way to much home brewed iced tea.

Now a study that says sitting is bad - period!

I'll vote for another waste of tax dollars on a study that proves that pigs do not loose weight sitting down. Heck, I raised a hog once and it gained weight no matter what as long as I fed it.
Moral of the story: Pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered!
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Just think what you'd look like 'without' all those miles.
Damn good job, I'd say.
I think of that a lot. Probably over 300#.

Like my doctor says, "There's not a buffet in the county safe when you're around."

He should be happy with me now, though, because I've finally gone under 30 BMI. Now I'm just plain "overweight" instead of "obese."
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Originally Posted by PirateJim View Post
I read the article with interest, but was left with more questions than answers. I wish they had included another test group (or would in the future), that being "sedentary standing." i.e. set the computer up on a counter and stand in front of it for the same time as is being measured for sitting. Their "stand up and putter" suggestion, to me, says "stand up and walk around" which equals exercise (very mild, but exercise). If you stand up and walk around an extra four hours a day it would make sense you would loose weight based on extra calories burned!
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
Things to consider:

A. .........................................................................................
B. ..................................................................................................
C. Over the next 20 years, I pedaled 121,000 miles and weighed 242#.
D. Over the last 5 years, I've pedaled an additional 35,000 miles and now weigh 190#.

My point is, that cycling alone does not make one lose weight. It takes constant vigilance on what you eat.
C. and D. resembles my experience. I am 66 years and 6'1". I now bike 15,000 miles this year and the scale is stuck at 187# to 190#.
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C. and D. resembles my experience. I am 66 years and 6'1". I now bike 15,000 miles this year and the scale is stuck at 187# to 190#.
Will,

Just curious how you ride this much. Retired? What kind of riding do you do?
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Just curious how you ride this much. Retired? What kind of riding do you do?
Yes, Retired as of last September.
I needed to get my biking act together for the second fast CC tour. No excuses, I knew what was up.
I trained in North Central FL for 12 weeks before the tour and it was just good enough but by no means excessive.
This link will give you some idea if you have time to look at it.
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...410516&page=12

Oh, I forgot. I do mostly rails to trails because of safety. Wisconsin has a number of them and so do OH, IL and FL. I do most days 50 miles and 100 as time permits.

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Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
Can't offhand think of any other physical sport where you sit down (Except Rowing)

So If I go into a bar and drink 5 pints while sitting on a stool- I won't lose any weight- but If I stand up- I might.
I will conduct a scientific study, I shall drink five pints sitting down, weigh myself and then drink 5 standing up and weigh myself again...........yeah that should do it.
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I will conduct a scientific study, I shall drink five pints sitting down, weigh myself and then drink 5 standing up and weigh myself again...........yeah that should do it.
Five for five and five for five!!!
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Yes, Retired as of last September.
I needed to get my biking act together for the second fast CC tour. No excuses, I knew what was up.
I trained in North Central FL for 12 weeks before the tour and it was just good enough but by no means excessive.
This link will give you some idea if you have time to look at it.
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...410516&page=12

Oh, I forgot. I do mostly rails to trails because of safety. Wisconsin has a number of them and so do OH, IL and FL. I do most days 50 miles and 100 as time permits.
Will,

I just read the thread in its entirety.

Wow. Not much else to say.

I've mentioned in times past about meeting an elderly gentleman while riding in my area. He's done 4 treks across the USA and some other pretty incredible stuff too. He turned 81 last fall and began riding in his late 60s.

At the tender young age of 57, I cannot imagine doing what you just did.

My hat's off to you.

I'm curious if you had any issues with hot feet during that ride? I often have hot foot issues after just 50 miles.
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