“How much do i need to ride my bike to lose weight?”
Here is one mans experience, yours will likely differ, but none the less, I wish I read this before I started on my weight loosing journey with my bike in spring of this year (2009).
I started riding my bike in March with the sole purpose of losing weight. Currently it’s the end of November. So far I have lost about 18 pounds. I have not changed my diet all that much, however, I must point out that I did quit eating out at restaurants (fast food or otherwise).
So far the experience has been terrific! I feel much more energetic and I have seen a HUGE drop in inches. I swear none of the pants that I wore before I started on my weight loosing journey fit me any longer. They are all loose. Typically when I wear my pants, I feel as though I am wearing baggy clothes (kind of embarrassing at times since my underpants are showing), even though just a few months ago (before I started riding), I was wonder if I needed to go to a larger size. My belts are all at their last loop and I expect that I will have to buy some new, smaller ones soon or at least cut a new hole in my current belts.
How did I get to this point? Well I didn’t go on a diet. However, I made a few changes to my eating habits. 1. I started eating breakfast. 2. I (almost) stopped eating out. 3. I eat a lot more veggies.
When do I bike? I ride about 5-6 days a week for about an hour. During summer months, I rode on a paved/semi-paved trail, during fall I’ve been riding on my trainer that I bought from a local bike shop for about $360, all riding is between 5PM and 8PM. If you think that $360 is a lot of money, looks at it this way… I’ve been riding the trainer since early September so 3 month (60 day of riding @ 5 days per week) which means it costs me 360/60 = $6 per ride. Scale that out over a course of 9 moths…12 moths…24 month. For the calories I burn and how good I feel, it’s a killer investment.
What else? After every 1 hour long bike ride, I do about 3 sets of crunches (about 1 minute each) with 20 pushups in between the crunches. So 3 minutes of crunches, 60 pushups. I feel incredible. Energy levels are up, weight is down, and muscle is up (which means I am burning weight just by going about my day)!
One more thing, I’ve noticed that my t-shirts don’t fit me as well as they used to. They are all super loose around my belly. That’s probably because my belly is gone now and I have an (almost) a perfect six pack. So I guess I will have to go to Gap/Old Navy/Kohls/etc to get some new T-shirt that better hog my new tight stomach. Nice problem to have!!!