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So how is your weight doing with the new riding season

Old 06-25-13, 05:32 AM
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Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
Hanging at a steady 170 plus or minus 3 as I have been for the past 4 years. Right where I want to be.
^ Similar. 171 plus or minus 2, as I have been for the past 15 years. Prior to that I lifted heavier weights and had about 12 lbs more of upper body muscle, which I discovered I didn't need. ~170 is where my body likes to be naturally.

I find that winter activity levels are different, so my eating habits must change accordingly. I try to limit carbohydrates, consume no alcohol or sweets, and drink lots of water during the winter. That helps...
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Old 06-25-13, 06:06 AM
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I knocked off 32 pounds last year and have kept it off (from 195 to 163, my target weight at 6') with some simple dietary changes (almost no sugar, way fewer refined carbs). I feel great but the bike still feels about the same. Also, at whatever weight I am at a light responsive bike feels much faster to me than a heavier one far out of proportion to the actual pounds of difference.
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Old 06-25-13, 06:28 AM
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I think I'm giving up on scales. I have two...don't ask me why 'cause I have no idea. One is in the bathroom and one in my workshop with the bikes. The one in the workshop is always consistent with the doctor's scale at my gym. The one in the bathroom is always 1.5 lbs higher. So, today I weighed myself on the bathroom scale at 193 (really 191.5). Then, out of curiosity, I went and weighed myself in the workshop....193.5! I give up. Would love to have one of those body fat scales but having had one in the past I can guarantee their inaccuracy. I'm just going to go ride.
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Old 06-25-13, 06:35 AM
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Good thing about living in Florida....it's always cycling season. Not enough really cold days to keep you indoors long enough to gain weight.
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Old 06-25-13, 06:49 AM
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Started the year at 284.5 and I am currently at 228. Hopefully, by mid to late September I will go below 200.
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Old 06-25-13, 06:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Planemaker View Post
Started the year at 284.5 and I am currently at 228. Hopefully, by mid to late September I will go below 200.
That is really awesome. Helluva job.
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Old 06-25-13, 06:55 AM
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scale at home is pretty funky and the gym says their scales were stolen ...
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Old 06-25-13, 07:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
Bruce19,

Keep in mind that muscle is much heavier than fat.
I was always under the impression that a pound of fat weighs the same as a pound of muscle.
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Old 06-25-13, 07:22 AM
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I was always under the impression that a pound of fat weighs the same as a pound of muscle.
I think a pound of fat on the hills weighs more than a pound of fat on the couch.
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Old 06-25-13, 07:27 AM
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Let myself go the last year and a half - didn't get much riding in. I am down about 15 lbs since early spring. Probably will shed at least 10 more.
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Old 06-25-13, 08:25 AM
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6 feet tall, 167.8... I was at 173 about a month ago and to get ready for climbing Mount Ventoux, I wanted to drop to 165. That should be worth approximately 10 watts equivalent on the 4 miles of 10% grade section. The other advantage of lower weight is heat rejection. It seems that my power goes up as I get lighter. Of course, there is a point of diminishing returns. When I trained with the Russians that ran the national team, they wanted me between 167 and 170 pounds. I found that is a great weight range for me. I am spending more time in the gym lately working upper body to make sure that I do not lose muscle mass.
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Old 06-25-13, 09:08 AM
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I've dropped 11, currently 175 and will hold at 171 for this year, most likely.
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Old 06-25-13, 09:21 AM
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6' 3" and 220 pounds. Down around 5 for the year. Will be happy if I can end the summer at 210.

When I get below 220 I get weaker, don't know why. I seem to loose muscle.
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Old 06-26-13, 03:44 PM
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As I start to ride in the spring, I usually lose fat rather quickly. But about the time most of my aero belly is gone, I quit losing. Basically as someone suggested, there comes a point where you just exchange fat for muscle. That of course is a good thing.
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Old 06-26-13, 06:58 PM
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I came out of winter at 160. I stopped all desserts and did a lot more exercise and I'm only down three pounds over 7 weeks.
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Old 06-26-13, 07:14 PM
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I took up riding about two months ago. I am down 13 pounds and have not changed my eating habits at all. May even be eating a bit more since taking up riding. I currently ride 11 ~ 12 miles between 13mph and 14mph average every day after work.
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Old 06-26-13, 07:28 PM
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Went to the gym the first of the year with a mission. Get weight down and fitness to the next level. As an old gym rat, I am 62, 5' 11", weighed a fit 185 the first week of Jan. Am now down to a very fit 153, BMI a little over 21. Needless to say, riding is a whole different universe.

Hills are easier, flats are faster, headwinds don't matter nearly as much now. Life is Good.
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Old 06-26-13, 08:41 PM
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After two months of regular riding I'm down by 12 lbs without changing my diet. Sure makes hills easier!
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Old 06-26-13, 09:12 PM
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I've taken up riding in hopes of losing weight too. Currently I'm 6'5" 235 lbs. My goal is to weigh 200. In my first two weeks I didn't lose any weight. In fact, I gained weight from muscle. I think one of my thighs is bigger than the other, but that's another story lol.
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Old 06-28-13, 06:33 PM
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Broke my ankle seven weeks ago. My love of chocolate ice cream shows. Refuse to get on a scale until after I am riding again.
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Like that Zappa avatar CHAS, lol.

No scale at the house but I'm losing these awful new luv handles and belly slowly but shouly.
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Old 06-28-13, 10:18 PM
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I'm 57 years old, 6 ft., and currently down from 170 to 160 lbs. Feeling good, but I know I'll feel best at my target weight of 155.

Reading this thread has made me feel especially guilty tonight though, after skipping my ride and pigging out on Chinese.....
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Old 06-29-13, 03:56 PM
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Pounds off that aero belly is far better at making you climb better than grams off some bike componet.
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Old 06-29-13, 05:26 PM
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That assumes you had one to begin with.
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Old 06-29-13, 08:20 PM
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I've never had any success losing weight from physical activity no matter how much I've upped it - any weight loss has always been from dieting.
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