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Old 07-01-10, 10:25 AM
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Weight and cycling

I have discovered a couple of things in my advancing age as I accrue ever more Velo Wisdom. Allow me to share it with you pathetic weenies.

• Cycling doesn't burn as many calories as you think it does. Why? Because you spend a good percentage of the time coasting down hills with your HR lower than it might be if you were running or hiking with a pack for example. Hard training and racing excluded. But I have revised my estimate of the calories I burn on many rides down about 30%.

•If you ride a lot you get hungry. The key to losing weight is NOT letting yourself get hungry. And no, because you ride a bicycle frequently you can't necessarily get away with eating whatever you want.

In other words, if you want to get race-thin, you have to ride often, train hard, and watch what you eat. Carefully. They're interviewing Lance the other day and when they ask him what the best tool he has for training is, he responds 'the bathroom scale' without hesitation. Then he says 'sometimes that means you can't have that cookie'. If a pro athlete that rides 500-700 miles weekly is worried about the caloric content in a cookie, you get the picture.

All the 33 zombies know all this of course.

Every time you think this sport can't get suckier, it always does.
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Old 07-01-10, 10:26 AM
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I remain too fat for this idiot sport by the way. Then again, so do you.
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Old 07-01-10, 10:26 AM
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first post on a pcad thread

Edit: Pcad robbed me.
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Old 07-01-10, 10:28 AM
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I just ate 4 oreos.
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All the 33 zombies know all this of course.
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Thanks for the reminder- I have lost a whopping 5 pounds in 30 days, not for lack of riding twice a day 6-7 days.

I gotta get my intake dialed. I am binge eater.
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I don't worry about cookies...
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I was trying to put on weight..

I guess I picked the wrong sport, should of aspired to be a competitive eater.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
I have discovered a couple of things in my advancing age as I accrue ever more Velo Wisdom. Allow me to share it with you pathetic weenies.

• Cycling doesn't burn as many calories as you think it does. Why? Because you spend a good percentage of the time coasting down hills with your HR lower than it might be if you were running or hiking with a pack for example. Hard training and racing excluded. But I have revised my estimate of the calories I burn on many rides down about 30%.

•If you ride a lot you get hungry. The key to losing weight is NOT letting yourself get hungry. And no, because you ride a bicycle frequently you can't necessarily get away with eating whatever you want.

In other words, if you want to get race-thin, you have to ride often, train hard, and watch what you eat. Carefully. They're interviewing Lance the other day and when they ask him what the best tool he has for training is, he responds 'the bathroom scale' without hesitation. Then he says 'sometimes that means you can't have that cookie'. If a pro athlete that rides 500-700 miles weekly is worried about the caloric content in a cookie, you get the picture.

All the 33 zombies know all this of course.

Every time you think this sport can't get suckier, it always does.
You don't to estimate your calories burned....you have a power meter......
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Old 07-01-10, 10:39 AM
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When I'm hungry, I just eat something the body will need for cycling. Sources of complex carbs, protein, and most of my snacks will have monoun- and polyunsaturated fat.
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I wonder how many recreational cyclists actually agonise over weight like this. Racers probably do, people riding for the purpose of losing weight are probably on a weight loss trajectory that is so great that the odd cookie is not that significant.
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I just downloaded a calorie tracking app for my phone and I'm watching it work. Current status is still way too fat, but certainly less than three weeks ago. The stupid thing always gives me way more calories than I burned. I'm always saying, "No machine I did not burn 1800 calories on that 25-mile ride, but thank you for flattering me I suppose."
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FYI, hiking (with or without a pack) is highly variable. The best hiking trails go uphill for the first 8 miles or so, and that's where the calorie burning gets involved.

Something subtle that you may not think about is that being out on your bike means you're not close to the fridge, either.
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January through March is weight loss season. Maintain from March through October because bonking is slower than carrying an extra pound. Then, allow a small increase through the holidays. Rinse, repeat, the result is 70 pounds of weight loss and a BMI of 22... so far.
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What kind of cookie? I love chocolate chip (the chewy ones), then dunk it in skim milk.
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cycling doesn't burn as much calories....i think so too. I did some very long walks earlier this year when I couldn't ride but needed to exercise daily. I would walk briskly for 3 hours and those walks would get me about as tired as I get on a 60 mile medium effort ride.
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I'm one of them "mesomorphs" with a stable metabolism. I can gain/lose fat andmuscle as easily as I want. That's why I can be "pro" but not "PRO". Too heavy. Luckily I can eat cookies. In fact, I'm going to go eat one right now, b**chez.

My pants recently got tighter but my belt got looser. I'm developing some pseudo-thunder thighs, but the muscular kind, not the woob-woob-woob-flabby kind.
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You don't to estimate your calories burned....you have a power meter......
The PM estimates the calories you burn you numbskull.
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I knew I would get flamed for starting this thread. But still, I persevered.

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I would walk briskly for 3 hours and those walks would get me about as tired as I get on a 60 mile medium effort ride.
3 hours is a 60 mile medium effort ride...
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I bike so I can have that cookie. It also helps that I have a high metabolism and don't have to worry so much about what I eat. I don't race. I'm not fast enough to win even a Cat 5 race, but I can keep up with most fast group rides, so I'm not too slow.
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3 hours is a 60 mile medium effort ride...

yes...my point maybe wasn't clear. To me, my 60 mile ride is not particularly tough. It is more like a brisk walk than a run which would be much harder. So I cannot assume that after a ride I have burnt loads of calories and can stuff my face.

I would not dream of eating loads after a walk but some people think a ride is an excuse to eat loads when they are equivalent.
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You coast down hills?
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yes...my point maybe wasn't clear. To me, my 60 mile ride is not particularly tough. It is more like a brisk walk than a run which would be much harder. So I cannot assume that after a ride I have burnt loads of calories and can stuff my face.

I would not dream of eating loads after a walk but some people think a ride is an excuse to eat loads when they are equivalent.
Ride harder
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You coast down hills?
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