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Would 30 minutes of...BC
May 14, 2001 5:43 PM
Running in the mornings help boost my metabolism and burn more fat througout the day? I do not have time for a good ride and can't seem to get the extra padding off my legs just riding. So would adding running to my riding help cut the rest of thte fat off?
Yes, but not for the reason I think you thinkRetro
May 14, 2001 5:56 PM
Half an hour of running for an average size person at, say, eight minutes a mile is about 300-350 calories (100/mile for a 150-pounder, regardless of speed). So from that standpoint, assuming you don't stop for a doughnut on the way to work, the running alone would take off about a pound every two weeks (3,600 calories per pound of fat).
As far as taking it specifically off your legs, though, it won't. You can't "spot reduce," losing fat from just one part of your body. It comes off all over in the reverse order of the way it was deposited, which is pretty much determined by genetics.
re: Would 30 minutes of...Wayne
May 15, 2001 7:11 AM
Running, riding, swimming, any kind of aerobic exercise done at an equivalent intensity and duration should have the same effect. Like the other poster said there is no such thing as spot reduction. If you want built legs go lift weights or do some high force efforts on the bike. Have you ever seen the legs on elite marathon runners? They make Casagrande's legs look like tree trunks. If you have excess fat, then there is nothing for it, but to consume less calories than you burn, and wait for it to come off. Do it gradually, eat adequate protein, and you should lose almost exclusively fat, as opposed to fat and muscle. Of course there is always liposuction, the #1 surgical procedure in the country these days. From an injury perspective, I would recommend sticking with bike and avoiding the running.
If you want to focus on bike skills/fitness, get rollers orbill
May 15, 2001 8:00 AM
a trainer. 30-40 intense minutes on a roller or trainer equals, in my opinion and other's, many more minutes riding. I've heard twice as many, but I can't say. No downhills, you don't glide ever, and you can control your effort, increasing when you want by the clock, not by the terrain or the stoplight. You can do it when it's dark outside, and the three-year-old knows where to find you. With rollers particularly, you add pedal stroke and bike balancing benefits.
Your diet is importantAndy
May 15, 2001 9:25 PM
I run and cycle and over the years have accumulated some hard to loose fat until this year. I changed my diet by cutting out carbonated beverages (except beer) and foods that contain processed sugar and flour. I lost two inches from under my chin or my helmet strap stretched. My mini spare tire has shrunk to almost nothing.

I basically followed the Atkins diet except that I ate carbohydrates that were naturally occuring in fruits and vegetables. Another thing I found was that I didn't "bonk" on long rides. This was probably because I was burning fat which is a better fuel for endurance sports.

In 1985 I read a paper on the Olympic training camp in Colorado. Some researchers were experimenting with high fat/low carb diets for endurance athletes. They found that after the athletes body made the adjustment to burning fat, they were able to sustain a high level of activity for longer periods than with a high carb diet.

Gawd, I don't want to start a controversy on diets now. See ya later, I have to run to the store to pick up a box of frosted pop-tarts.