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Old 03-19-19, 08:56 AM
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I fijnd that unless you use a heart rate monitor, the calories burned calculation from fitness devices and phone apps way overstate calories burned. I found at times my post ride snack exceeded my calories burned

Now I use MyFitnessPal and stick to my daily allotted calories anything I burn through exercise just adds to my weekly deficit.
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I fijnd that unless you use a heart rate monitor, the calories burned calculation from fitness devices and phone apps way overstate calories burned. I found at times my post ride snack exceeded my calories burned

Now I use MyFitnessPal and stick to my daily allotted calories anything I burn through exercise just adds to my weekly deficit.
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Old 03-19-19, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Planemaker View Post
Now I use MyFitnessPal and stick to my daily allotted calories anything I burn through exercise just adds to my weekly deficit.
For short rides that may be OK, but if you're frequently riding 50-milers, centuries, etc (something I do every week) this doesn't work. You need extra calories to keep from bonking.

I do agree that the various apps are all over the map regarding calories burned. A major issue is that some include your baseline calorie expenditure (i.e. the calories burned just to keep you alive) rather than the excess calorie expenditure due to exercise. The LoseIt! app's exercise calorie estimator seems pretty conservative. I'm especially surprised at the low calorie count it gives for sexual activities.

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Old 03-19-19, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by davester View Post
For short rides that may be OK, but if you're frequently riding 50-milers, centuries, etc (something I do every week) this doesn't work. You need extra calories to keep from bonking.

I do agree that the various apps are all over the map regarding calories burned. A major issue is that some include your baseline calorie expenditure (i.e. the calories burned just to keep you alive) rather than the excess calorie expenditure due to exercise. The LoseIt! app's exercise calorie estimator seems pretty conservative. I'm especially surprised at the low calorie count it gives for sexual activities.
Agreed, I do eat during long rides and count those calories. I just don't go on an eating binge after a long ride.
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Old 03-19-19, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Planemaker View Post
Agreed, I do eat during long rides and count those calories. I just don't go on an eating binge after a long ride.
I have NEVER counted calories (was 185lbs -- dropped to 150lbs) and simply added miles with greater intensity while eating healthier reducing sugars and processed foods. Actually ate more because of the greater intensity/miles requiring more fuel. More cycling means no denying.

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Old 03-19-19, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by downhillmaster View Post

Another great way to eat right and stay healthy is to stop looking for excuses or blaming friends and family for your lack of willpower.
Unfortunately that is not popular these days.
Easier said than done. I had no problem putting distance between myself and some dysfunctional family members. But some folks can't do that, even when they'd be better off and healthier, physically and mentally, if they moved completely out of the region.

I've watched as each successive generation of some family branches have become more and more dysfunctional and codependent. In some ways the worse they make each other's lives, the closer they get. Some of them may even be aware that being too close to dysfunctional family isn't good for them. But it's hard to modify that conditioned programming that begins at birth. I suppose when their world looks like $h1t and they've lost everything, even dysfunctional family beats the alternatives.
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Old 03-19-19, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by downhillmaster View Post

Another great way to eat right and stay healthy is to stop looking for excuses or blaming friends and family for your lack of willpower.
Unfortunately that is not popular these days.
Being overweight is not due to a lack of willpower.
Being overweight is not due to a lack of character.


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Old 03-19-19, 08:14 PM
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Eat more fat. (Seriously.)
This.

Become fat adapted, cut out the carbs & sugars, choose endurance exercises. The pounds will fall off.
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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy View Post
More cycling means no denying.
+1 I find it much easier to ride consistently and eat what I want rather than starving myself trying to live on 2000 Cals/day. Commuting a couple hours/day allows me to spread an extra 1400-1500 Cals on whatever I want.
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Old 03-19-19, 11:08 PM
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
How do you stay trim & fit?
I don't.
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Just think about this if you wanna famished models to me are not attractive. Women that my have 1/2 inch or so called fat on their hides and bicycle and lifting weights are the most attractive. They eat and they train and the nutrients they consume are needed to build a strong and attractive woman not a famished anorexic unhealthy model type. Just my my humble opinion young women should inspire to be strong and athletic not skinny and sick.
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Old 03-20-19, 11:25 AM
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Nope , hit 45 and my genetic heritage began kicking in..
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Old 03-22-19, 08:20 PM
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I've tried the calorie counting apps in the past. I'm not disciplined enough to constantly record each meal, so it didn't work for me. In November of last year I finally decided to get back into shape after years of being 60 lbs overweight. So far I've lost about 45 lbs. I have made choices that hopefully will be life-long habits ... such as drinking mostly water through the day, don't drink any pop or other sugar-laden drinks, eat mostly whole-foods (rediscovered my love for grapefruit), eat about 1/2 the amount of meat that I used to ... substituting more beans and other veggies, and use smaller size dinner plates for better portion control. Along with the food changes, I also have been exercising 6 days a week at home. I do a mixture of cardio (mostly indoor bike trainer until the snow melts), weights and mix in the occasional 'fitness blender' workout. My workout sessions range from 40 to 60 minutes. This was the hardest part to adapt into my lifestyle. When I get home from work I'm fairly burnt out. I have a relatively stressful job. I used to get home and just sack out on the couch. Now I have energy left in the evenings to squeeze in my workouts before sacking out on the couch
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Things that help me.... 1) stop snacking at night (major weakness for me) ; 2) go on long rides a few times a month - 4hr + rides that go past glycogen stores and burn a bit of fat/love handles; 3) occasional morning rides w/o breakfast (again use a bit of my love handle based energy store)
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Things that help me.... 1) stop snacking at night (major weakness for me) ; 2) go on long rides a few times a month - 4hr + rides that go past glycogen stores and burn a bit of fat/love handles; 3) occasional morning rides w/o breakfast (again use a bit of my love handle based energy store)
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Stay fit by not having a car, and cycling and/or walking a lot. Also randonneuring, sport rides, unicycling, hiking, and doing a bit of indoor training in the winter.

Trim is relative. 200 lbs at 6'2" is trim in the good old U.S.A.
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Things that help me.... 1) stop snacking at night (major weakness for me) ; 2) go on long rides a few times a month - 4hr + rides that go past glycogen stores and burn a bit of fat/love handles; 3) occasional morning rides w/o breakfast (again use a bit of my love handle based energy store)
I probably shouldn't admit this; but after I got dropped this AM from the group ride, i settled into a long (4.5 hrs) fat-burning endurance ride. As I usually do on a ride, I was coming up with ideas to call the ride Strava. I was tempted to quote an almost Elvis lyric "I'm just a lump, a-lump, of burning fat"
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Old 03-24-19, 05:26 PM
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I watch don't eat too much, and I exercise regularly, but only walking, cycling, and skiing. I drink plenty of wine, whiskey and beer. Never count calories or avoid any particular foods.
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Old 03-28-19, 03:19 PM
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I'm lucky in that my weight stabilizes to a reasonable value without too much effort. I'm unlucky because that value, while reasonable, is about 10 pounds more than I would like. Here is what works for me when trying to lose weight.

1. Get a calorie counter and use it (e.g. MyFitnessPal). I think half the value of the app is that it is such a PITA to enter some food, I forego eating the food instead.
2. Eat healthy low cal stuff (broccoli, oatmeal, and the like) and eat as much as you like.
3. Stay away from food that tastes too good (that way you eat when you are hungry and only enough to get rid of the hunger ... no cheese on that broccoli and no nuts, fruit and sugar on that oatmeal).
4. Exercise frequently.
5. Weigh yourself daily.
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I'm lucky in that my weight stabilizes to a reasonable value without too much effort. I'm unlucky because that value, while reasonable, is about 10 pounds more than I would like. Here is what works for me when trying to lose weight.

1. Get a calorie counter and use it (e.g. MyFitnessPal). I think half the value of the app is that it is such a PITA to enter some food, I forego eating the food instead.
2. Eat healthy low cal stuff (broccoli, oatmeal, and the like) and eat as much as you like.
3. Stay away from food that tastes too good (that way you eat when you are hungry and only enough to get rid of the hunger ... no cheese on that broccoli and no nuts, fruit and sugar on that oatmeal).
4. Exercise frequently.
5. Weigh yourself daily.
I could have written this word for word.
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Old 03-29-19, 10:33 PM
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I have a 4 yo at age 49. That pretty much does it....though he could probably pass me on an incline.
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Old 03-30-19, 07:38 AM
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Having a thin father has worked well for me...
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How do stay trim and fit? I don't know. I've pretty much been at my ideal weight my whole life. So go ahead and hate me. Maybe I unconsciously developed a calorie counter.

A few years ago, I weighed 178, and I felt my ideal weight was 168. So I cut back on sugar and other junk food. I didn't cut anything out, I just cut back. I realized that high calorie food that has good nutritional value was a good thing, so I ate as much of it as I wanted. When eating good food such as meat, vegetables and nuts, I ate until I was full. Doing this controls cravings for junk food!

Rather than losing 10 pounds, I lost 25 pounds! I didn't know I had 25 pounds to lose. I was 55 years old and back to my college weight. Some folks told me I looked too thin. Since then, I've gained most of that weight back, so I'm at 169 pounds and 58 years old, and I'm content with that. This way I have a little reserve for whatever.

I do ride a bike a fair bit, about 2,700 miles last year. I do a little bit of weight lifting, very little. I am aiming to do more, because I don't do it enough.
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I'm working on it. I know I can improve my diet, but I just don't like most vegetables. I'm eating more of the ones I do like, such as green beans. I have cut out the snacking at night - oddly by taking up knitting. I'm not going to munch on potato chips and get my nice yarn all greasy. And I get nice hats, mittens and socks out of the deal! That actually kicked off my weight loss.

Then I started riding my husband's old bike that was just getting dusty in the garage. I was getting much stronger and I lost more weight. I'm down about 40 pounds from my heaviest. (I joke that I finally lost the baby weight and the baby is only 23!) I just rewarded myself with a nice new road bike. She's fun to ride, so I know I will ride even more. I've been hungry non-stop since I got back to riding again after a long winter, but I'm trying to keep that under control and just eat real food.
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The OP now has enough advice to be thoroughly confused, so probably I'm not helping here, but here goes....

The OP didn't say how much he rides and how frequently. I ride about 7000 miles/year and I do not have a problem with my weight. I keep an eye on what I eat, and I try to avoid certain things (high calorie processed foods, taking in too many calories in fluids such as juices, sweetened coffee beverages, etc.), but for the most part, I eat quite a lot. (Also, I try to keep my real weaknesses out of the house - I can easily down huge quantities of chips and salsa and also ice cream, so I seldom allow myself to buy them.)

Of the people I know who ride comparatively high mileage, very few have weight problems. 2000-3000 miles a year may contribute a lot to overall health and to weight management, but I know plenty of people who ride that kind of intermediate distance and still are above their ideal weight. It may not work for everybody, but high mileage works for me and I think, for most people.

And I do it because I love riding, not because I want to stay thin. So I don't recommend it unless it's what you want to do anyway.

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