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Continuing the fitness and nutrition discussion....(5 posts)

Continuing the fitness and nutrition discussion....Lou M
May 31, 2001 2:19 PM
I am 6'0 and currently at 235lbs. I recently started riding again after a 5 year absence. I have lost about 5-10 pounds in three weeks. I haven't been true to a good diet but have improved the quality of my food intake. I plan on staying under 2000 calories/day. I ride anywhere from 10-30 miles 5 times a week. As I get stronger I want to do at least 20 miles every time out. I would like to lose at least 3 pounds per week.

Anybody out there with a success story and good advice?
re: Continuing the fitness and nutrition discussion....jp2
May 31, 2001 2:35 PM
ya, stick with 1 pound a week, it's tons healthier and will have a better chance of staying off. 3 pounds per week is likely to lower your metabolic rate as your body thinks it is in a famin, making it more difficult to lose weight.
re: Continuing the fitness and nutrition discussion....LCRIII
May 31, 2001 3:35 PM
I agree with jp2, but to take it a little furthur. Staying under 2,000 calories a day may also be counter productive. This will also slow down your metabolism and trick your body into thinking it is in a famin. I lost body fat by cutting out all "added fat" in my diet. By this I mean I stopped using any toppings, butter, etc. Cut out all added and refined sugar, fast foods, junk food etc. I do not have a sweet tooth but chips are my weakness, cut way back on them. My diet consist of about 60% carb, 20% protien, 20% fat. My rule of thumb on the carbs was to read the lable. The first ingredient had to be WHOLE.. Whole wheat, whole grain, etc. This will put you eating a lot of brown rice, whole wheat bread & pastas. Skinless chicken, turkey sandwiches on whole wheat, beans & brown rice... you get the picture. I do take a whey protien supliment and use R4 recovery drink. I may put in a few more miles than you, but I am 42 years old, average about 150 miles a week, train with a cat 4 group, 5'11, 185lb, down from 20% to 11% body fat and I still take in about 3,000 calories a day. I don't think I cut my calorie intake that much but just changed what I ate. I was a cheeseburger lover and fast food junkie. Good luck and remember you are the engine, trash in = trash out. Give your engine good fuel.

Ride hard
re: Continuing the fitness and nutrition discussion....MeDotOrg
May 31, 2001 3:05 PM
I started riding in September after a 10 year hiatus. I'm 6', weighed 205. I got down to 160 in about 6 months. I'm up around 167 now, but I'm porking up for the California Aids ride this Sunday.

I virtually cut out red meat and french fries, do a lot of carrot juice, clif bars, endurox for post ride recovery and Hammer gel for the ride.

If you are trying to lose weight, do long rides on the weekends. Try to ride after work at least 3 days a week. My loop is 22 miles, and I try to go HARD.

Best of luck!
Any formula's for calculating...Kristin
May 31, 2001 3:53 PM
...average muscle mass gain vs. fat loss without going out and buying an expensive scale? I know that every time I ride, I build muscle, and thats good. While building muscle, fat loss is also occuring. I'm just wondering if there is a way to calculate a target amout of weight loss for monitoring.