I bike about 20-30+ miles 3x weekly right now. I burn about 1000 calories each time. It takes about 3500 calories to burn one pound of fat. It's highly unlikely that you lost a pound from 6 miles of cycling. It could have been water weight though. Cycling is my passion. Keep up the great work. Look up rails-to-trails in your area. They're made for bikes and provide such great scenery. I'm looking at completing a century race--128 miles in about 4 months! I also suggest getting a Camelbak if you go for long rides in hot weather. Mine has been a life saver!
Good Luck! Krissi
Fitness Minutes: (15,322)
449 5/14/12 1:18 P
I love biking. We have lots of nice trails where I live. Remember to always wear a helmet and stop for traffic. Last Saturday a biker did not stop and lost his life.
The best thing to do if you are using cycling as a part of your workout programme is to invest $10 to $12 in a cyclometer at Walmart. Then you can monitor your time distance and speed and input that data in one of the various formula to get a guesstimate. I say guesstimate since those formulas are based on averages and have a built in margin of error.
It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.
I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.
Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.
Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit
You can not build a six pack using twelve packs
Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.
"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace
Fitness Minutes: (36,317)
5/13/12 8:43 P
It's 8 months later: I am wondering if you continued with the bike and if so, how many miles are you up to now? I started riding bikes about the same time last year, and it is the easiest, most relaxing exercise I ever did. Thank you for your post.
Hehehe, congrats on the 2lbs, but no, taking up cycling yesterday didn't cause it.
However, if you keep cycling (or running, swimming, dancing, ANYthing) and strength train and eat well, you'll continue moving down the scale.
Deb, in New Zealand
Fitness Minutes: (112,042)
46,222 9/2/11 3:18 P
Remember your weight is not a static number...in other words it isn't unusual for your weight to vary due to a change in hydration, your nutrition, workouts, even hormones. This is why we track weight over a period of time and not just on a daily basis.
To lose 2 pounds of fat requires a caloric deficit of 7000 calories over the course of time.
So I got my new bike last week and already put ten miles on it. Yesterday I did 6 miles of that and although I didn't push it hard I woke up 2 pounds lighter. Is biking really that good of a calorie burner? What is the average burn per mile or is it based on time. I averaged 7 mph yesterday.
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