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Really got back into biking because of health issues and my laziness to exercise. Gas prices have also helped me see the light. Im reading up alot of info on here and to tell you the truth its quite daunting the amount of info on this site. Im overloaded lol. Ive just gotten to this Nutrition section and it got me wondering if riding will help get rid of my stubburn belly fat? If so how long before I see results to my total body? Ive heard the quads refered to as "your second heart" and that its responsible for the shape of your body. Ive already changed my eating habbits but it hasnt really helped. Any help appreciated.
 

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Snakebitten said:
Really got back into biking because of health issues and my laziness to exercise. Gas prices have also helped me see the light. Im reading up alot of info on here and to tell you the truth its quite daunting the amount of info on this site. Im overloaded lol. Ive just gotten to this Nutrition section and it got me wondering if riding will help get rid of my stubburn belly fat? If so how long before I see results to my total body? Ive heard the quads refered to as "your second heart" and that its responsible for the shape of your body. Ive already changed my eating habbits but it hasnt really helped. Any help appreciated.
Spot reduction is a myth. To lose weight eat less and exercise more. Eventually your belly fat will go away also. Rule of thumb re: fat is first on, last off. In men that usually means belly...in women it's the butt and thighs.
 

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Yes, for most men the belly is where excess fat goes, but every individual has a unique pattern of fat storage.

Seems like most successful, persistent weight loss is acquired through a combination of exercise and caloric restriction. I've seen lots and lots of people do it.

Another weight loss "secret" is getting plenty of sleep. IMO when you are sleep-deprived you are more likely to go for excess calories as a way of making up for your tired state.
 

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Yes, for most men the belly is where excess fat goes, but every individual has a unique pattern of fat storage.

Seems like most successful, persistent weight loss is acquired through a combination of exercise and caloric restriction. I've seen lots and lots of people do it.

Another weight loss "secret" is getting plenty of sleep. IMO when you are sleep-deprived you are more likely to go for excess calories as a way of making up for your tired state.
i found this true as well. i read your body uses fat while you sleep.
 

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i completely disagree. there are so many wack diets out there, I truly believe that most people do not understand the simplicity of weight loss. if more calories go in then are burned, you gain wait. you can eat "low fat" all day long, but if you over consume, you will gain wait. if I need 3k calories per day, I can eat 4 egg mcmuffins and still lose weight. there are varying ways to remain fit, healthy, full of energy etc, as you lose weight, but it is all about calories in the end.
 

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Calories burned burns fat, fat comes off your body throughout the entire body, torso, face, hands, feet. Problem with biking many times your caloric intake goes up because you are famished.

For every 1 lb of muscle you put on your body, you will burn an extra 15 calories while you sleep.
 

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Completely agree. Weight loss is not rocket science.
 

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something else to consider is that areas that get the most muscle usage, seem(at least in my case) to be the leanest. my legs are more lean then my upper body for example. there is a correlation to the fact that 98% of my exercise is cycling. my point is: don't forget to workout your stomach muscles if a 6 pack is part of your goal along with weight loss
 

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There is more to it than just calories. You need to get adequate micro-nutrients and avoid foods that cause problems. You could have a Wheat Belly problem. Exercise alone will not fix this.
 

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as said above, you cannot target specific fat loss zones. Your genetics decide where your fat stores go. Want less fat? Burn more fuel by increasing excersize. Eating better, less junk, less high glycemic foods. Build muscle is also key to weight loss. True, muscle weighs more then fat however, more muscle requires more fuel to maitain that muscle. Put some more good meat on the bones and it will raise your metabolic rate. You'll burn more fat in your sleep and during inactivity like at work.
 

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There is more to it than just calories. You need to get adequate micro-nutrients and avoid foods that cause problems. You could have a Wheat Belly problem. Exercise alone will not fix this.
I don't see any reliable evidence of a "wheat belly" phenomenon. For example, look at what this doctor recommends:

If you don't believe it, try this experiment: Eliminate all forms of wheat for a 4 week period--no breakfast cereals, no breads of any sort, no pasta, no crackers, no pretzels, etc. Instead, increase your vegetables; healthy oils; lean proteins (lean red meats, chicken, fish, turkey, eggs, Egg Beaters, yogurt and cottage cheese); raw nuts like almonds, walnuts, and pecans; and fruit. Of course, avoid fruit drinks, candy, and other garbage foods, even if they're wheat-free.

If a person actually were to follow such a plan, of course it would lead to weight loss, because there would be a net caloric deficit. It's the calories, not the wheat.

AFAIK there is no evidence that different kinds of food target different fat stores.
 

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There is more to it than just calories. You need to get adequate micro-nutrients and avoid foods that cause problems. You could have a Wheat Belly problem. Exercise alone will not fix this.
This is an anecdotal claim that clearly mixes different factors such that you can't blame anything on "wheat" per se. Simply stated, if one eliminated a similar amount of calories from non-wheat sources, you would likely see the same outcome.
 

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I know whenever I used to run a lot it was much easier for me to lose weight
than it is for a comparitive amount of time in the saddle. That doesn't compute.
I often see somewhat paunchy middle-aged dedicated cyclists, not so many runners
fit that demographic and body type. That shouldn't be, according to the in-out theory.
 

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I know whenever I used to run a lot it was much easier for me to lose weight
than it is for a comparitive amount of time in the saddle. That doesn't compute.
I often see somewhat paunchy middle-aged dedicated cyclists, not so many runners
fit that demographic and body type. That shouldn't be, according to the in-out theory.
apples to apples please
if you're riding and running at the same energy output then the results should be more similar.

But all things aren't equal
You can't coast while running.
You can't soft pedal.
you can't draft

Also running is more anerobic because of the impact work the legs are doing. You'll build more muscle mass then spinning. Greater muscle mass = higher resting metobolic rate = more fat burnt during inactivity.
 
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