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    If you started riding a bike to lose weight...

    How much weight have you lost? In April I weighed 205 lbs. This morning I weighed in at 182.5 lbs. I hope to be in the 170 to 175 range by the end of Sept.

    How is it going for you?

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    I have lost 10 pounds in 5 years. I am up to about 1500 miles a year of single track and will turn 5K on the road this year.
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    I went from 225 to 150.
    i'm not joking, posting is scary

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    Quote Originally Posted by A from Il
    I am up to about 1500 miles a year of single track and will turn 5K on the road this year.
    YOU are living the life. What part of the country are you in? Sounds like you must have a lot of cool trails to hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by radiocraig
    I went from 225 to 150.
    Dude...that's manly. That is some serious motivation!

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    About 208 in mid-July. Got a new FS ride last week of July and have ridden practically every day since between a min. of 5 and a max. of 28 miles a day. With eating a little less thrown in I'm down to around 198-199 now. I'd love to do what you've done by next spring if this winter in PA isn't as extreme as it was last season and get back to my college weight in the low 170s.

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    I started in April like every year, but I don't work anymore, I started at 240+, I rode a MB on the road until mid June then started Mountain biking, I was down to about 230, now I'm down to 210 at 5' 11" and 64 yrs old, my heart rate is down to 40 to 42 bpm, my doctor said whatever you're doing keep doing it, she rides a road bike, she is my VA Doctor, and a U of Michigan Doc too, I'm a lucky man, and she is beautiful, I'm suprised my heart hate didn't go up when I met her..LOL I have no weight goal in mind, just to stay healthy, improve my lap times, and ride as much as I can.. Keep them PEDALS moving....

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    I started MTB about 2 years ago now after spending 12years riding motorbikes. I watched by best mate come off his at 270km/hr - and walk away from it - so from that expereince, we both gave up the motos and got MTBS.

    When I started, I was 130kg (286 lbs). Im now 100kg (220lb) and am aiming to hit 80kg by this time next year. Its been hard, given Im self employed and numerous other priorities - but I now ride 50km to work everyday and do epic 100km rides most weekends.

    Its my new drug.
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    I started mountain biking a year ago and was at 240. I went down to 205 in 6 months. Now I have gone up to 215 again. I just started to hit it hard again and am trying to move down to 185. And I'm not stopping till I get there.
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    Lost 45 lbs. so far this year , 15 more to go .

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    Over the summer, Ive dropped about 15 pounds riding my mtb on the road mainly (due to rain). Got about 40 more to go...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biohazard74
    I just started to hit it hard again and am trying to move down to 185. And I'm not stopping till I get there.
    I love the attitude...sink the teeth in and don't let go. GET SOME!

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    I went from 195# at 5'11" in 1999 to 245# right now... I am getting back to my mountain bike roots in a month or so.. Have a deposit on a dirt rig..cant wait to hit the trails..
    I will be chronicling my progress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by muddytire
    YOU are living the life. What part of the country are you in? Sounds like you must have a lot of cool trails to hit.
    Believe it or not. Northern Illinois/Southern Wisconsin. Not alot of technical trails so its easy to get in alot of miles. I do ride year round though and get in alot of miles in the snow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A from Il
    Believe it or not. Northern Illinois/Southern Wisconsin. Not alot of technical trails so its easy to get in alot of miles. I do ride year round though and get in alot of miles in the snow.
    You ridin the Southern Kettles...? John Muir? See you in the snow!
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    Riding here in Florida in the summer it's so incredibly hot that I usually lose 8-10 lbs every single ride. I hydrate before the ride then drink my full 2.5 liter hydro pack during and drink a Gatorade on the way home post-ride. At the beginning of the summer I weighed 200lbs, 6' tall. I'm 185 now but I am honestly not trying to lose weight. It just happens like magic when I exercise more, eat less and drink more fluids. I find a happy medium between exercise and sloth and healthy food vs. the junk food I love.

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    Down a little over 20 #'s since mid-June.

    What's fantastic is that since I love the experience and thrill of hammering down trails in the middle of nowhere, it is a form of exercise I look forward to. I don't ever find myself not wanting to go ride.

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    Spring '09, doc weighed me at 200#, which was a surprise, I thought I still weighed 180- I don't own a scale.

    I built up a bike last June after a 10-year hiatus and lost 20# even with all the rain we had. I figure half that was from cutting soda out of my diet, 5 was from completely changing my diet, and 5 from riding. I pretty much ate grapes and drank water all summer. I gained back 5 over the winter, partially due to a surgery last fall, falling off a ladder, and because my knee was bothering me all winter and I didn't want to chance getting back into skiing.

    This summer I have barely been riding. Despite all that, I only gained back about 5#, but I'm not as strong as I was at the end of last summer.

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    I've lost 28 pounds since March. Went from 232 to 204. My goal is to be at 180 this time next year.

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    i weighed 140 at the begining of may and now i weigh 160. it may sound crazy but im actually trying to put on weight. shootin for 165-170.

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    Was 226 about 2 months ago... now 208. I ride the road bike for 40-60 minutes almost every evening, and ride the mtb about once per week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chase1996
    Down a little over 20 #'s since mid-June.

    What's fantastic is that since I love the experience and thrill of hammering down trails in the middle of nowhere, it is a form of exercise I look forward to. I don't ever find myself not wanting to go ride.
    A BIG +1. It's like the harder and faster it is the more I like it. It kicks my arse but I simply can't wait for the next ride. And on every ride you hammer to get to the next cool section. I love it.

    Years ago I injured my leg bad enough that I can't run...but the bike doesn't aggravate the injury at all.

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    I got into it for the fun and potential weight loss. It seems like I either don't lose any weight or put some on. I don't actually own a scale though. I'm 5'6'' ~160 lbs and not overly fat but could stand to lose a few.

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    5'10" and am down from 170 to 165. Would like to be 160-155, which I could probably do by cutting back on the beer alone, but naw...priorities. I'm more happy to note that since I took up MTB my systolic BP has dropped 10-20m Hg. Not that I was high mind, but that was a pleasant surprise because heart issues run in the family.

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    Heh, I ride to gain weight, as 6% body fat doesn't really leave much to lose...

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    up 10lbs from crashing my bike and going on disability : / sitting around on your ass isnt good for weight.

    trying to lose that, and another 10.

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    It's TRUE...riding that bike(especially uphill) will FRY that gut off you. My waist was a 39 - now it's a 30 with a six pack
    "The ONLY person who needs to race.....is the entrant"

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    I've been mountain biking regularly for 45 years. I was headed towards fat a couple of years ago so I stepped it up a little. I started looking for longer uphills with shorter downhills. I lost the fat but no weight. It went into muscle. My fat around the middle is mostly gone but my legs are way bigger.

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    230 down to 189. Never felt better. Still plan on losing more. I guess biking must use fat or something?

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    i started at 225 last october when i joined a gym, in march when i got into mountain biking i was 205 and i'm currently at 195. thats without really changing my diet. i feel great (when i dont crash) and have just over 1000 miles on the year so far. ideally id like to hit 185.
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    I weighed in at 253 in March....

    Stepped on the scale this morning, and it spun up to 217!

    185 is the target.
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    i cant seem to balance my eating vs riding. Once I get that down, I should start dropping more weight. Im only down 10lbs and been riding for the past few months. Im just so hungry after a good ride. lol.

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    Since I started riding in July 2006, I have gone from 256 to 229, then back up to where I am now at 234.

    180 is the ultimate goal.

    Kicking it in high gear in the next few days. An 8-week weight-loss challenge at work starts the 1st. I plan on winning

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    Dropped 20 lbs in the last 4 months. Cut out the beer and increases the trail time.
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    Here are some before and afters. There was more to it than just mountain biking but it was by far and still is my preferred choice of cardio. This was a few years ago. Now I race competitive XC in the summer and have done some amateur body-building in the off-season. I’m a little bigger and leaner now if that makes sense. My initial weight lose was about 45 lbs.

    Avg. bf for me now is about 7%-8%. This time of year with weights and XC training I’m averaging between 5000-6000 ‘quality’ calories a day and I still lose about 5 lbs of mass during the summer - almost all muscle I'm sure.
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    I started riding 5 years ago when I was 13, back then I was 5' 4" and weight ~175. By the time I was 16 I was 5'11" and 190, so I was alot closer to average weight for my height. As it stands right now, I turn 18 next week, I'm 6' even, and I weigh 174. Oh yeah, and I am stepping up to race cat 1 next year.

    There is really no way for me to say how much weight I lost since I was/am still growing, but I gained 8 inches in height and my weight never is the same as it was before lol
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    phh i started out at 30lbs but after adding metal platforms, double walled rims larger tires and slightly heavier grips im pushing 32

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reeper
    Here are some before and afters. There was more to it than just mountain biking but it was by far and still is my preferred choice of cardio. This was a few years ago. Now I race competitive XC in the summer and have done some amateur body-building in the off-season. I’m a little bigger and leaner now if that makes sense. My initial weight lose was about 45 lbs.

    Avg. bf for me now is about 7%-8%. This time of year with weights and XC training I’m averaging between 5000-6000 ‘quality’ calories a day and I still lose about 5 lbs of mass during the summer - almost all muscle I'm sure.
    Excellent. I'm currently at 10%BF. I just can't seem to bust through my plateau and lose the last 10lbs. Should I drop more calories? I stopped lifting because I do not want any more bulk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah
    Excellent. I'm currently at 10%BF. I just can't seem to bust through my plateau and lose the last 10lbs. Should I drop more calories? I stopped lifting because I do not want any more bulk.
    It's a tough deal and I struggle with that choice myself. I can only get so light because I lift weights and I can only get so big because I ride. I’m in the middle – I look great and do fairly good at each but to be ‘elite’ I’d have to make a choice.

    It'll be hard to get to that really low level of body fat without weights but you'll have to carry around more mass at the races. At about 10% body fat you'll continue to lose weight but not body fat - your body will want to hang on to that. So what you’re losing is mostly muscle. If your drop calories you won't have the strength or stamina to climb or race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reeper
    It's a tough deal and I struggle with that choice myself. I can only get so light because I lift weights and I can only get so big because I ride. I’m in the middle – I look great and do fairly good at each but to be ‘elite’ I’d have to make a choice.

    It'll be hard to get to that really low level of body fat without weights but you'll have to carry around more mass at the races. At about 10% body fat you'll continue to lose weight but not body fat - your body will want to hang on to that. So what you’re losing is mostly muscle. If your drop calories you won't have the strength or stamina to climb or race.
    How can I force my body to "give up" that last bit of fat? I often heard it can happen....but a much longer wait, since I no longer lift. Is zig-zagging calories acceptable?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah
    How can I force my body to "give up" that last bit of fat? I often heard it can happen....but a much longer wait, since I no longer lift. Is zig-zagging calories acceptable?
    Lighter weights with more reps. Cleaner calories with a 40/40/20 split (40% protein, 40% carbs, 20% good fats). You can try carb cycling which is what I think you were referring to but without some kind of weight program you could conceivably just become lighter and lighter without actually dropping that much fat OR by the time you do drop the fat you will have dropped significantly more muscle and look terrible - malnourished.

    You have to change your mind-set a bit – it’s not about weight. It’s about muscle retention and losing body-fat. Who looks better? 200 lbs at 6% bf or 185 at 14% bf?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reeper
    Lighter weights with more reps. Cleaner calories with a 40/40/20 split (40% protein, 40% carbs, 20% good fats). You can try carb cycling which is what I think you were referring to but without some kind of weight program you could conceivably just become lighter and lighter without actually dropping that much fat OR by the time you do drop the fat you will have dropped significantly more muscle and look terrible - malnourished.

    You have to change your mind-set a bit – it’s not about weight. It’s about muscle retention and losing body-fat. Who looks better? 200 lbs at 6% bf or 185 at 14% bf?
    I'm actually gaining weight...through my legs and glutes, from big-gear climbs. I am also starting to see some cuts further dividing my six pack down the middle, which I am happy about. However, my external obliques and so-called, "crest of ileum" is still obscured by that pesky layer subcutaneous fat. I guess its MORE high-intensity intervals and cleaner eating!

    Hopefully, I'm on the right track...
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    going in to the summer i was 175 as of 3 days ago i was 155 i get bigger in the winter because i don't ride as much. i love winter riding its my favorite but when its dark when i get home so i dont go much
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    I was 302 about 2 years ago, went to town working out and eating right ended up right around 220. I have fluctuated from 225-235 for the past year or so. About a month and a half ago i got my bike and have since been watching what i eat and riding singletrack almost every night (~6-10mi) i weighed in on July 19 at 227.7 and weighed in today at 213.4. I am feeling great and cant wait till i hit that 200 mark!!
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    Started at 255 lbs. Lowest weight was 190 and hover around 200 now normally. It has been 5 years.
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    Like already stated, diet is key.

    Also those of you with great results, how many hours per week do you ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joepa150
    Like already stated, diet is key.

    Also those of you with great results, how many hours per week do you ride?
    An old bodybuilder statement is, "A ripped body is made in the kitchen, not the gym."

    However, I ride 6-8hrs/week to stay ripped. Which equates to 2-3 rides no longer than 4hrs each.
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    DIET = Burn more calories then you eat,
    I eat more now then ever, today I rode 3 laps, on a 6.6 mile trail, #1. 41.40 min, #2, 42.30 min, #3, 43.58 min = 1hr 27min 28 seconds, and 1/2 mile each way = to and from the truck, I started in 75 f, humid weather and ended in 90 f humid weather, the trail is mostly in the shade.
    I ride 3 to 5 days a week. I'm 210 lbs and started this year at 240+, only 64 yrs old..LOL!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah
    An old bodybuilder statement is, "A ripped body is made in the kitchen, not the gym."

    However, I ride 6-8hrs/week to stay ripped. Which equates to 2-3 rides no longer than 4hrs each.
    Very true - I ride about the same amount.

    I've found for me the best results come from 1/2 hour cardio sessions 4 times weekly after weight training. Mountain biking actually stunts my muscular development. It really depends on what you want. All-in-all I'm pretty content with where I'm at and reailzw that one dicipline will limit the other.

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    I've just been informed that's proper forum etiquette.

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