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How do i know when to stop lossing weight?(7 posts)

How do i know when to stop lossing weight?yzfrr11
May 9, 2002 9:50 AM
I started serious training in January and I have gone from 205 lbs to 176 lbs. I feel really good, but some times hungry. I have been riding about 200 miles/wk, and running 20 miles/wk, and 3 days in the weight room. I would like to optimize my cycling performance - so when should I stop loosing weight? I am 5'11" and very muscular.
re: How do i know when to stop lossing weight?mixinbeatz
May 9, 2002 10:16 AM
I think your body will tell you when it is time to stop losing weight. For me, with heavier training I went from 215 down to 180. I have reached a point where I am no longer easily losing weight. If I changed my diet dramatically and suffered, I am sure I could get down another 10 pounds or so. But I am a sprinter type that still likes finishing my races with a trip to the pub so 180 is fine for me. We will see where I am at after a few more months of racing.
Depends a lot on your natural body structurebrider
May 9, 2002 10:19 AM
At 5'11", it depends a lot on how your naturally put together. You may be a stocky, sprinter type, which would put you at the upper end. At 5'11", I raced at 150 lbs, and I wasn't all that skinny compared to others I raced with. You're putting on good mileage, so I wouldn't TRY to lose weight, just eat as you feel, and let your activity level take care of the rest. Eventually you'll get to a static weight.
good questiondistinctHead
May 9, 2002 2:02 PM
I put on alot of mileage as well, but I still can't get rid of the gut ;)
er...shirt
May 9, 2002 10:34 PM
DH, I've READ your posts, and seen your mileage. Unless you're hiding something, you're NOT putting in a lot of mileage. 20-30 miles a day commuting is not a lot. I'm not saying I do much more, but it's NOT a lot.

I bet if you doubled your mileage and took no more than one day off a week that gut would vanish in a month or two.
Ideally, by body fat %speedisgood
May 10, 2002 5:31 AM
If you can find a clinic or university around you to do an underwater weighing (or hydrostatic weighing) method of estimating bodyfat percentage (BF%) then that would be the best. Next best would be a skinfold or caliper estimation.

Generally, athletic men from 18-50 or so should be somewhere aroound 5-12% BF. Normal non-athletes are around 12-18%.

If you're in Cleveland, I can do the skinfold for a nominal fee (a six pack of Great Lakes should do it.)
Ideally, by body fat %Jon Billheimer
May 10, 2002 6:16 AM
According to current data, "normal" male non-athletes in North America are sporting 23-25% BG! Which is just pathetic.

With respect to your weight loss issue, monitor your training markers: strength, energy levels, sleep quality, etc. If any of these start to suffer check your nutrition. As well, during intense training make sure you get adequate protein intake, including red meat. This will profoundly affect your ability to recover.