No. It is possible to gain weight from eating too much.
Hey guys I have a question...is it possible/probable to gain weight from cycling?
Background/history: I've been a rather active runner for the last few years (7-10 miles during the week with a long run 10-15 miles on the weekends). I started cycling late fall and naturally my running mileage dropped but my weight stayed very constant. I'm 5' 7" & ~175# +/-. I recently bought a new bike and began to really pick up the pace (for me anyways, went from averaging ~15mph and now ~18 mph for 18-20miles).
What I've noticed is that when I ramp up my cycling mileage for one month, I gain about 5-7 lbs. When I ramp up my running mileage the following month, I drop 5-7 lbs. Weight range stays constant in the 170-180 lbs range. When my weight goes up, I know it b/c my pants get a bit tighter in the waist. Cycling times/running times are about the same, 2 hrs during the week and 2-3 hours for a long run/ride on weekends.
I'm thinking it's probably water weight/retention as I sweat my tale off when I run, I don't sweat nearly as profusely when I bicycle. Has anyone else run into this? Or am I the lone ranger on this one?
Actually, the number is more like 625 calories. Your number is about 28% high. See analyticcycling.com.If you are 175 lbs, and cycle for one hour at 20mph you should burn in excess of 800 calories.- more if there is a headwind or hills.
According to my research, your number is way too low. There obviously are a lot of variables -- someone's weight, speed, whether drafting or riding solo, wind, etc. However, here are the numbers I found for calories burned cycling for one hour at various website:Actually, the number is more like 625 calories. Your number is about 28% high. See analyticcycling.com.
Yes. IMO, exercising a lot can increase the complexity of dieting and make it more difficult to lose weight. You get hungrier and have to manage calorie intake to compensate for what you burn and to provide energy for strenuous exercising in the first place. Regular moderate exercise is best, IMO.I've lost 55# in the last year while I cycled alot, I contribute 95% of the weight loss to diet. The weeks I ate whatever and still rode alot I gained or maintaned weight. It's all diet imo.
Yes, the variables you cite (plus elevation change, too) are very significant. As one data point, I have a ton of power meter files that suggest that over my most regular route (one lap of which is approximately 30 miles and 1,200 feet of climbing, made up of a rolling, approximately 20-mile loop with a moderately rolling, windy out-and-back spur off the loop), when I'm doing what I've noted as "endurance rides" (e.g., I'm alone, mostly riding the hoods and tops), 20 mph will be at about 258 watts (call it 925 calories/hour) watts and 21 mph will be at about 278 watts (call it 1,000 calories/hour), on average. I'm about 160 pounds. Distances and feet of climbing are measured by a Garmin, with a couple of known elevation points stored for this route.According to my research, your number is way too low. There obviously are a lot of variables -- someone's weight, speed, whether drafting or riding solo, wind, etc. However, here are the numbers I found for calories burned cycling for one hour at various website:
I think it is safe to say that a cyclist riding 20 mph is burning more than 1,000 calories/hour