Cycling And Weight Loss – 5 Tips On How To Lose Weight by Cycling

Cycling and Weight Loss – Pedaling the extra pounds away

The bicycle is becoming increasingly popular these days, and with a reason. It’s a healthy way to move around, not polluting the environment. It also gives your body the much needed exercise in today’s busy world. But, surprisingly enough, only few people take full advantage of everything the bicycle has to offer. Today, we are talking about cycling and weight loss and how to make the most of it.

Besides the numerous health benefits biking has to offer, weight loss is one of the most popular reasons why people are buying bikes nowadays. But many of them give up, because they make several mistakes in the process. We’ll give you five tips on how to lose weight by cycling, the right way. Let’s start.

#1 Eat vegetables and lean protein

Everyone who tends to lose weight should eat leafy greens. We’ve talked about the benefits of eating leafy greens earlier, so we know they are a great source of folate (which aids red blood cells production). Nuts and nut butters are a great source of lean protein and should be consumed regularly. And, of course, a serving of fish or chicken will give you body enough proteins for a long and effective ride.

#2 Have a healthy breakfast before going for a ride

Although it may seem counterproductive when it comes to losing weight, the breakfast before going cycling is important. Skipping breakfast is a bad idea – it makes your body burn muscle and store fat instead. And since that is not what you want, having a healthy breakfast before going for a ride is a good idea.

#3 Avoid on-bike fueling if it isn’t absolutely necessary

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends an intake of 30 to 60 grams of carbs per hour of exercise. The average person only processes about 1 gram of carbohydrates a minute, no matter how much of it is consumed. Eating more carbohydrates doesn’t improve the absorption rate, but increases the risk of an upset stomach. And that is the last thing you want to happen when you are biking.

#4 Don’t overdress

You don’t need too much fancy gear for biking. The best way to go is to dress in layers, so you can adapt in case you are feeling too warm or too cold. Avoid cotton – it makes you feel much warmer, which can lead to perspiration. Wool or synthetic fabric will keep you warm even when you are sweaty.

#5 Save the hard efforts for the end

Post-exercise oxygen consumption can aid in losing fat stores, according to a recent study. The idea is to make some hard efforts before you finish exercising, which will push your body into overdrive. This makes your body consume oxygen even after the exercise and will help your body burn more fat, too.