14 Tips That’ll Help You Lose Weight by Cycling
Your bike is actually one of the best weight loss tools around. Here’s how you can use it drop pounds.
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Yes, you lose weight when you cut calories, but all of those pounds lost isn’t fat. A significant percentage of weight loss—up to 30 percent—comes from muscle tissue. Cyclists on a diet often end up thinner, but become slower and weaker on the bike. As pioneering diet expert Covert Bailey once wrote, “When someone says that they lost 20 pounds, the key question is: 20 pounds of what?” Some dieters can end up having a higher percentage of body fat even as they lose weight. And don’t forget that muscle burns calories. The more muscle volume you have, the more calories your body consumes. If you lose muscle, you will gain fat faster when you return to your pre-diet eating habits.
The average road cyclist burns about 40 calories per mile. At a relatively sedate 15 miles per hour, this means a weekly time commitment of 10 hours on the bike can burn a whopping 6,000 calories.
If you don’t want to go it alone, get help from a certified nutritionist who can help you come up with a meal plan that will help you lose weight without going to extreme measures. There are also many online groups and forums that you can join for virtual support.
Have faith that as you drop weight, you will gain more pep. Exercise raises your energy level. Once you get used to the idea of riding, it becomes easier to get out there. It’s a reward in itself and makes you feel rejuvenated—whether your weight changes or not.
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