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Is anyone riding a bike to lose weight?

Old 08-24-09, 02:59 PM
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I started to just get some exercise, but also to lose the 20+lbs I gained from quitting my 18 year pack-a-day smoking habit. I lost the weight, and cycling has been all the motivation I need to stay quit for coming up on two years.
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Old 08-24-09, 03:13 PM
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Well the problem with me is motivation in the gym. I worked out a couple of years ago for about a month but lost my motivation. Maybe riding again will motivate me . I didn't start picking up weight until I got a computer 11 years ago, now all I do is sit my ass in front of it :-) I am definitely going to pick up a bike soon and start there.
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Old 08-24-09, 03:34 PM
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Yes. Started at 220 lbs 2 years 4 months ago. Started riding. Didn't lose weight right away because my appetite went up with the extra activity. Started getting my diet under control especially focusing on proper fueling on the bike and right after rides so I didn't get as hungry later. Now at 170 lbs (been there for 6 months or so now). Looking to lose another 10-15 this off season so I can climb hills better. My focus for the last year or so has been training to get faster and stronger to race. That's why I stopped the weight loss over the summer.

BTW...I'm still slow. But faster (and lighter) than I was before
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Old 08-24-09, 03:43 PM
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Losing Weight On A Bike

Riding a bike is a great way to lose weight. A couple of quick thoughts.

When riding about 14 miles to work on the flats I kind of cruised and did not lose much weight. I recommend pushing it a bit on the flats to lose weight. I did much better commuting five miles with big hills. Lost about 10 lbs depending on my sweet tooth. During the winter I have also lost weight using a spin bike. You can get a used trainer to simulate this.

In general, more riding, more sweating, more weight loss. Good luck!
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Old 08-24-09, 03:54 PM
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I lost my job in early June and the next day I decided to take advantage of my unintentional summer vacation and get back into riding and lose some weight. I haven't been on my road bike since my college days... about 17 years ago. I have been mainly riding my mountain bike, retrofitted with urban tires, on the paved and gravel trails around my house. I've built my endurance up to about 50 miles round trip. That's pretty good for a 27 pound full suspension beast of a mountain bike. Since mid June I have lost about 25 pounds (down from 250 to 225). I have since started riding my old roadie again and next year I am going to invest in a new modern road bike. My long term goal is to get down to about 190, my college weight.
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Old 08-24-09, 03:59 PM
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Don't know about long term, but I've lost 15 pounds since starting. I had lost 5 due to diet and the bike has sped that up. That's a lot calories burned as long as you're not putting them all back in...
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Old 08-24-09, 04:35 PM
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Sigh,

I get depressed when I read about all of you young folk throwing off
weight like a bad habit...

I think my metabolism is broken...

I typically bike three times a week 20~26 miles with 500 to 1000 feet of
altitude gain ( all routes have, for me, at least one killer hill to overcome ) so I suffer
every time out.

I bought my first bike last Nov, the first bike in over 30 years...

I started out at the first of the year at about 207, yesterday morning I
was 204.

The good news is that I am physically stronger and recover quickly.

I had my seventy first birthday this August

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Old 08-24-09, 05:06 PM
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I am. I hovered around the same weight for a good while but gained a lot of cardiovascular fitness, now the weight loss is starting. As of this afternoon I'm down to 219 from 230, and according to the body fat measurement taken from my scale it's almost all been fat. For my main goal right now I'm trying to see the other side of 200 again, if I start racing then I might see about losing a bit more.
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Old 08-24-09, 05:06 PM
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If I do it's not intentionally. I could shave off ten lbs (to 140) and be pretty happy. Cheaper than buying a lighter wheelset etc.
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Old 08-24-09, 05:35 PM
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Originally Posted by HarryStoddard View Post
If I do it's not intentionally. I could shave off ten lbs (to 140) and be pretty happy. Cheaper than buying a lighter wheelset etc.
Oddly, I was going to respond that cycling is the one sport where a huge percentage of the participants are looking to lose weight, even if it's from 150 to 140.

Burning more calories than you take in, eating for fuel rather than pleasure, and consistency on the bike are the keys to success.
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Old 08-24-09, 05:36 PM
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First time I got on a roadbike 3 years ago I was 305 at 6'1" today I'm at 220 hoping to get to 185 by the spring.
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Old 08-24-09, 06:14 PM
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Nice success stories here, definitely got me motivated. Can't wait to get my bike.
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Old 08-24-09, 06:20 PM
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One of the reasons I ride is to maintain my overall health, but only part of that is weight loss. Since May, I've taken off about 10 pounds, and even more importantly I've brought down my LDL cholesterol and my blood pressure. And along with those more physical measures, there's also the unbeatable "mental health" benefits of a nice long ride on quiet back roads at dawn.
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Old 08-24-09, 06:22 PM
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At 6'0", my weight got up to 205 lbs. before I started getting into exercise. Now I've been cycling for years, and I maintain at 175 lbs.
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Old 08-24-09, 06:45 PM
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I do it because I love it. Losing weight is just a good byproduct. I was 205 in 2005 and now sit around 178
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Old 08-24-09, 06:53 PM
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I am. bought a rodie bike but have hardly put any miles on it at all... been riding my MTB 20 miles at a shot and all over town (no car driving)

almost 35lbs in about 5 weeks... (my metabolism is good)

new leg muscles and vastly improved cardio and endurance...

no plans on ever quitting actually bought another roadie
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Old 08-24-09, 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by hugabone View Post
I am buying a bike soon and will be using it to get back in shape. Of course your diet is important and hitting the gym will help. I will also be riding for fun too. How many here actually lost weight long term riding?

I am, I started riding once I started watching the tour de france, and Lance Armstrong got me thinking and I got back riding, little by little I started to get in the groove. And I have been riding all summer, long miles now, I can go about 20 miles. I also bought a road bike, yea maybe its from walmart but for my first road bike I love it to death. As for why I also ride the bike, I want to lose weight, and to have fun again. It is very fun, just being a free bird riding in our world. I have lost some weight, I was 255 when I started 250 now. But the joy of riding is what I love, I love when it rains and I have to TT my way home, I love having that burst of energy and going 20+ mph on flat surfaces. I love the smell of nature, riding bikes has its own rewards. I will continue riding as its the only exercise that wont really bore me or maybe you. You get to see new things every day. And as you progress you will go farther and faster, never limit yourself, a man/women is capable of doing amazing things on a bike. All it takes is a little time and effort. But the rewards are great.
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Old 08-24-09, 08:05 PM
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Just started riding, jogging and eating properly about a month ago. I am down about 10 pounds.
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No. Riding the bike to lose weight definitely doesn't work for me. I've been riding for 30+ years, up to 5k/year, and have been slowly gaining weight for the last 20. I ride more = I'm hungrier.

This summer I'm riding the same, and eating less. That's working.
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Old 08-24-09, 08:22 PM
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I am 6'1" and was about 210 at the end of June when I bought my bike after trying to take up running (and struggling with knee/ankle pain). I'm still running sparingly, but more focused on the cycling and I'm riding about 100-150 miles per week with lots of climbing. I think I'm actually eating more (lots of choc. milk), but have dropped almost 20 pounds. My immdiate goals are building strength and endurance to ride the hills around me, but the weight loss is nice and helps the climbing at the same time. I'd like to get down to around 180 by the end of the year, but I'll be happy wherever I'm at as long as I'm improving on the bike. If you are cycling with reasonable effort, you can burn a lot of calories in a hurry while having a great time. I've found that I really like 'sufferring' on the bike (pushing myself). I'm not so crazy about the running yet, but it does feel good afterwards.
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Old 08-24-09, 08:22 PM
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Cycling helped me bring my weight down from 230 to 173. I'm 6'0''.

It has helped me become very aware of what and how I eat, sleep, drink, etc.

BR
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Old 08-25-09, 12:43 AM
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Two years of dedicated riding resulted in me losing 70lbs. My waist went from 38 to 30 now. Having a six-pack- I owe it ALL to my MTB and road bikes...and counting calories too.

You can DO IT!
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Old 08-25-09, 01:21 AM
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Two years of dedicated riding resulted in me losing 70lbs. My waist went from 38 to 30 now. Having a six-pack- I owe it ALL to my MTB and road bikes...and counting calories too.

You can DO IT!
It's true! I was 302 Christmas 07. Worked my way thru the 200s over the next year and a half, hitting the high 100s for the first time in 20+ years. I got to 192 last month, have put on a few pounds due to going off calorie intake / output counting and strict control, so I need to reregiment myself, but I figure a short small lapse is okay. The problem has been some recent late-night snacking.

My pant size has dropped from a 46 to 36. I think high school / college weight of 175-180, waist 34 will be a nice endpoint, hopefully before the holidays, but if not, then next spring. My height is 6-1 and I have a medium skeletal build.

On weighing yourself, retained stuff in the bowel and hydration can vary significantly day to day, so during high weight loss periods, if you weigh yourself daily, add up a week's weights and average them, then do same for the next week, and the next...and serially compare this week to last. During later stages when weight loss slows to a pound or less per week, the averages you compute should be for two or four-week periods.

I've been thinking of maybe taking up flatwater kayaking this winter for a change-up in routine that allows me to get upper-body exercise outdoors.
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Old 08-25-09, 07:51 AM
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Went from a max of 240 about 4 years ago to a low of 170. I'm up to 180 because I am recovering from an injury, but I'll be back down come December/January.
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Ive lost 55 lbs since Nov with the help of cycling. Went 4 years cycling no weight watching and gained weight, once I started being more carefull what I put in my mouth the weight came off. So I put eating habits 90% cycling 10%.
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