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Car Lite: Did You Lose Weight/Get In Shape?

Old 06-18-17, 08:19 PM
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Car Lite: Did You Lose Weight/Get In Shape?

With the nicer weather and longer days, I've gone car lite the last couple of months. I've lost about 5 lbs or so and definitely in better shape physically. Ideally, I'd still like to lose another 10-15 lbs.

For those of you who are either car lite or car free is it safe to assume you are in great shape, ie at or near your ideal weight in addition to being physically strong?

One semi-quandary I've run into is that I eat significantly more since going car lite. I've lost a bit of weight but hardly a ton. I often have an extra snack in the evening, like a pb and j or a serving of nuts. I'm often riding 15-25 miles a day as reference, doing grocery store or errand runs and of course just going for fun rides.

I ride my commuter/hybrid 90% of the time now. I find the heavier bike to be a better workout and more challenging compared to my sub 20 lbs road bike. Loaded up with just one bag of groceries and a modest stash of gear, my bike weighs upwards of 50 lbs or so.
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Old 06-18-17, 09:01 PM
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Unless you're at Olympic/pro-level training, it's pretty easy to out-eat whatever riding you're doing.
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Old 06-18-17, 09:13 PM
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As a car-free cycle commuter, I wouldn't consider myself as a super-human in any sense of the term.

I think I have gotten more cycling-fit over the last few years that I've gone car-free, but not a lot faster. I think the biggest change is that a 16 mile or so ride (32 mile RT) (distance between my house and Mom's house) is no longer that much of a challenge, and recovery is quicker. It is hard to say if my overall fitness has changed that much. I'm not big into gym exercise.

My weight varies some. I'm not super-skinny. I've lost some weight, but only with effort to lose weight. Perhaps I can now eat more without worrying about weight.
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Old 06-18-17, 11:07 PM
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Diet = weight loss. Cycling/exercise = conditioning/strength. Fantastic that you are riding, it feels great and is fun. In my experience, eat about 500 calories less per day than you expend and you will lose a pound or so per week.
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Old 06-19-17, 02:09 AM
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I started cycling again at the beginning of last year after a medical. Commuting 3 or 4 days a week plus Sunday rides has seen my weight drop from 16 to 13 stone, and saved £20 in fuel per week.

I've not cut down or increased what I eat, although I did a hard sportive last weekend and ate almost continuously on the drive home.
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Old 06-19-17, 05:20 AM
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There is a car free forum; maybe you could have the moderator move your question to that forum. They need a few more participants.
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Old 06-19-17, 05:32 AM
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Didn't notice any difference...but I was fit/slim before I started cycling. I just replaced most of my running with cycling. That's all.
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Old 06-19-17, 06:59 AM
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Yup. My weight plateaued at 175, down from 205, by 2015 after using the truck very little and mostly walking. But I was still above my optimal weight of 156 in my 20s (when I was an amateur boxer).

I resumed cycling again in 2015 and quickly got down to 160 where I've stayed, within 5 lbs up or down. I don't pay much attention to diet or weighing myself anymore.

It began with just cycling around the block and for grocery runs, usually 3 miles or less. Pretty soon I was riding for recreation and now ride more than 300 miles a month.

When I realized I hadn't used my truck in two years and was wasting money on insurance, etc., I gave it to a cousin who needed a vehicle for her job as a visiting home health aide and lived in a rural area with no public transportation. Besides the bike, we have buses, etc., here, so I didn't really need the truck for most stuff. But it does limit some employment and housing options so I wouldn't recommend going car free if you're still of working age.
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Old 06-19-17, 07:25 AM
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I live completely car free and have for many years. I have seen no significant weight loss. I am 5'6" and about 210-215Lb.

About the only thing that seemed to have helped was back when the VA had me on a series of testrone shots. However, I moved and there isn't a clinic near me now.

I do factor in the possibility that, even though I haven't lost weight, I have seen not big gains either. In addition to that, I am told by my doctor that I am in good shape according to the numbers (blood work and all that stuff).
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Old 06-19-17, 11:32 AM
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More than anything, not having a vehicle has ensured that I am getting a decent amount of weekly physical activity without any real effort. Getting to work, buying groceries, etc. all require walking or cycling - I get exercise while doing normal things, without making a special effort to go to a gym.

My commutes/errands are not currently long enough to get me in great shape - more to the point of not being winded when I walk up stairs at work. On the other hand, I found utility cycling to be really fun - and it inspired me to start riding just for fun, which has turned out to be a good form of exercise for where I'm at in life (no longer playing team sports, running is too hard on my body.)

I cannot speak to the weight loss issue: when I'm out of shape, I go underweight, but while riding 5-7 times a week, I stay in a healthy range.
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Old 06-19-17, 12:12 PM
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I'm up 20 lbs.

To be fair, I was doing 60% of the mileage I'm doing now on foot, it just took longer.
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Old 06-20-17, 11:37 AM
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In April I joined the Y and signed up for a 10 week diet challenge . I started out at 284 lbs . I rode my bike to the Y 3 miles, 3-5 days a week and swam 10 -15 laps then rode home a different way 4 miles.

I stopped eating starches(potatoes, rice, bread etc ) and started eating a high protean high fiber, diet with lots of veg.

Today is our final class and weigh in. Yesterday at the pool I weighed 239 lbs. I feel great, am stronger, and need to buy some new shorts since the size 46 I have fall off of me and I had to add 2 holes in my belt to cinch em up.

I intend to keep at it till this years Burning Man in September. Would like to loose another 20 lbs.

The only problem is that Now I want everyone else in my household to do the same but they aren't interested.
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When I was car free, I was also the slimmest and fittest I've ever been.
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Old 06-20-17, 11:41 AM
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I got on a plane and went bike touring..



I kept riding after 40, when my body went into storage mode and I gained anyhow



soon 70..

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Old 06-20-17, 11:48 AM
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if i were fat i would drive a car
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Old 06-20-17, 12:16 PM
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Yes - I'm about 40 pounds down from where I was about 3 to 4 years ago and am in better shape than I've been in since I was in my 20's (I'm in my mid 50's now).

I'm not car-free, but I will often go weeks without driving and I wind up getting all sorts of exercise just getting around town. While the exercise has been important, my weight loss is really due to changes in my diet which coincided with my increased exercise. Three years ago I joined Myfitnesspal and started tracking my net caloric intake. It worked and it was easier than I thought possible.
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Old 06-21-17, 04:14 AM
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My fitness and health level went up. Since at the beginning I was a skinny couch potato that never did any form of exercise in his life. I lived off of hotpockets, pizza rolls, hamburger helper, soda, etc. for most of my life. Typical gamer. But I was dealing with high blood pressure problems at only 21 and my father just had a heart attack, and his dad died from a heart attack. So I looked into diet and exercise. Went vegan and got a bike. My resting heart rate went from around 80 to 50. When my ex would lay on my chest she said my heart was so slow she thought I was gonna die lol. When I started, the riding 7 miles to work was the hardest thing in the world. I was always breathing heavy and dripping in sweat. Now I'm planning on doing a 50 mile ride this week, and will work on going up to a century. I've gotten a lot fitter and happier from such a simple machine.
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