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Is anyone riding a bike to lose weight?

Old 08-24-09, 11:28 AM
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Is anyone riding a bike to lose weight?

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?
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Old 08-24-09, 11:36 AM
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Yes.

I am 6' tall, started july 10th at 228 lbs.

Today I weighed 209 lbs. All weights are taken first thing in the morning after a "bowel movement" =D

Here's what I do:
- Don't eat junk or soda
- Eat less of my normal foods
- Ride my bike 18-20 miles 4-5 times a week.

20 lbs lost so far in 6 weeks.
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Old 08-24-09, 11:39 AM
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I was 194 in January '99. Bought my first "real" road bike that spring. I probably dropped 15 pounds that first year, a little bit after that, and finally settled around 170. I'm a little lighter today (I'd like to be 164 by October for a hill climb).
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Old 08-24-09, 11:45 AM
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Thanks, cant wait to get my 6'4" 230lb fat ass on one.
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I started my getting my life back in order in January and getting into shape and was 215lbs. A proper diet with hitting the gym 5-6 days a week which included using the stationary bike in the winter months because it's too cold and snowy here in the winter to ride. I have been mountain biking, hiking and riding my roadbike 60km - 90km 3 times a week with hitting the gym for 3 times a week and I am down to 155lbs down 60lbs. So I would say yes it will help but it certainly wont hurt. Proper diet is at least 60% of the battle
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Last time I was at the doctors', I had lost about 36 lbs or so, from 285 to 249. And I've been riding more since then. Been trying to not eat hamburgers and fries, otherwise, eating about the same.
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Based on a recommendation I saw in the Racing subforum, I signed up for an account in www.caloriecount.about.com. It's not a diet, just a means of tracking what you put in (food log), what you put out (activity log), and what that adds up to (weight log). Like I said, it's not a diet -- nothing is off limits, no weird eat only grapefruit type things -- just information. If you're honest and complete, it's a pretty powerful tool.
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Some years ago I upped my miles on my bike to help me lose weight. I discovered, though, riding my bike did not cause me to lose weight. On the contrary, it caused me to become more hungry.

As others above have mentioned, it's cutting down on the amount of energy you take in, compared to the amount you put out, that makes losing weight possible. Losing weight takes, for most humans most of the time, considerable motivation. Your new bike might provide that motivation, but in and of itself, riding your bike won't help you lose weight. Look around. Even though they are strong, lots of serious cyclists are overweight.

You could lose weight just as easily without riding a bike as you can by riding a bike. For whatever reason, that hasn't happened for you, or for millions of other humans.

But of course you should ride a bike again, to help make and keep your strong and yes, weigh less if you can control what and how much you eat. That is a worthy goal for everyone.
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When I started riding about 2 years ago, I weighed around 185-190, with chicken legs and a spare tire. Now, my weight is around the same (3-5 lbs less on average), but more of it is in the legs and less is in the gut. In my mind, exchanging fat for muscle is even better than losing weight.
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Biking and cleaning up your diet are great starts. Being slumped over a set of handlebars isn't a very good workout for anything other than your legs and cardiovascular system. You'll definitely want to make use of the gym (as you mentioned) to round-out your workout. By comparison, an activity like running is much closer to a total body workout.

Make sure you work your core. If you lose a lot of weight, you deserve to be rewarded with visible ab muscles. Good luck!
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I started in May at 5'10" and 195 lbs. 1800+ miles later I am down to 174lbs and looking to lose more.
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Started this year at 240#'s. No fast food, no late night eating, up to 100 miles a week road riding, now weigh 200#'s. I've been throwing in a 90 minute mountain bike ride once a week over the last month, great heart thumping cardio right there...
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Is anyone riding a bike to lose weight?

Uhh, YEAH.
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add me to the list:
jan 2009 = 295bls
july 2009 = 225lbs
august 2009 = 210lbs

doing about 150m per week and stopped eating junk food and greatly reduced my beer intact.

like someone else above mentioned, the road bike is kinda the motivator for me now. i love to ride it, i want to ride it, and i want to ride it further and faster.
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Me too. I started slightly more that 215 this spring. I'm now down to a little less that 195. My goal is 170 by May. Biking is only part of what I'm doing but it's a pretty big part!
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Yes here as well... Well, at least very soon I will be. Right now I only own a mountain bike, and I don't ride it as much as I would like simply because I'm not a big fan of having to drive somewhere to ride.

Later this week I'm going to be purchasing my first ever road bike, I'm getting a 2010 Specialized Roubaix Elite.

I'm 5'9", 210 lbs right now. My goal is to be down to 175 by next summer.
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^^^^^Sounds alot like where I was at. I am 5' 10", was 210 and now 170.

Riding was my only form of exercise. Tracking calories in/out daily with fitday.com was instrumental in my success. That's was long ago. Now it all comes naturally and easily.
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Yes, and to keep my weight at a healthy level. I like to eat and drink wine so cycling becomes a necessity.
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I've got about 20lbs to drop which is a partial reason for riding. I'm also hoping to start racing again in spring. The spare tire has got to go before then.
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yes. well I was. but now that I lost the weight, I ride for the...wait for it...love of it. All the exercise stuff and health benefits are secondary now.
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yes. well I was. but now that I lost the weight, I ride for the...wait for it...love of it. All the exercise stuff and health benefits are secondary now.
EXACTLY. +1!!!

I just ride to have fun. Lost weight in the process.
 
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I started 4 months ago at 69.5" & 199.5lbs. I ride 6 to 7 days a week, and I cut out most junk food. I ride between 17 and 50 miles per day. Now I'm down to 169lbs.

The biking and the program called Lose It! on the iPhone have really helped.

Thanks,
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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?
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I ride my bike to ride my bike. Anything positive that results from riding my bike (i.e. happiness, bulging guads, tan lines, weight loss) is just icing on the gingerbread clif bars.
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