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  • just noticed in the mirror this morning, that after comuting to work for the last 3 weeks ive developed a beer belly (having gained/lost no weight)

    Cant think of any use for those muscles whilst cycling, so have they gone lazy and let themselves go? Or did i just eat some gasy food at the weekend?

    gingerflash
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    Eating more food to fuel the commute?

    GW
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    stand up, bunny hop and manual everything for the entire commute?

    Premier Icon snotrag
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    Rahter than gain a gut, perhaps you’ve lost some weight off the sides?

    joe1983
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    I feel your pain. No matter how many miles I put in, I’m gwetting fitter, but I’m sure the belly is growing!

    dave_aber
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    So you’ve got a beer belly. It’s for putting beer in. Put some in!

    Biffer
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    You need to concentrate on keeping your stomach muscles pulled in while exercising. They will then tighten up, if you exercise with everything hanging out you gain beer belly space….

    Look up pilates, core stability etc for more info.

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    just noticed in the mirror this morning, that after comuting to work for the last 3 weeks ive developed a beer belly (having gained/lost no weight)

    I’ve been cycling 6 days a week for the last 5 months, drastically cut down my alcohol intake, kept a food diary, cut out junk food, made sure I’ve got my 5 portions of fruit/ veg a day.

    After all that, I haven’t lost a single pound in weight πŸ™

    crankrider
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    Beer belly could be a change in posture as said above – tighten up those core muscles?

    Often you gain muscle and loose fat and your weight doesnt change, so dont worry about the scales use the mirror.

    Look carefully at your diet – Are you getting too much carbodydrate in your diet? – not enough fats / protein?

    MrNutt
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    have you considered a Rapha corset?

    Premier Icon darrell
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    that would be the really expensive one in tweed

    ozzybmx
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    I’ve been cycling 6 days a week for the last 5 months, drastically cut down my alcohol intake, kept a food diary, cut out junk food, made sure I’ve got my 5 portions of fruit/ veg a day.

    After all that, I haven’t lost a single pound in weight

    Same here too , but my legs are definately bigger, so i must have lost some beef round the middle

    steve_b77
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    Bob – Join the club, over the last year I’ve lost an initial amount of weight due to more exercise (about 8lbs), but now my weight is pretty constant at 13st 2lbs, however I’ve lost nearly 3″ off my waist (now a 32 1/2″) and look slimmer all round – even my endura Humvees are baggy roudn the waist πŸ˜€

    Legs are alot bigger both thighs and Calfs.

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    Oh aye, my legs have changed dramatically. My quads and calves are huge and I appreciate fat weighs more than muscle but there most come a tipping point where the weight starts dropping as the fat loss exceeds the muscle gain and I dont feel I’ve lost any noticeable body fat!

    My diet contains a good mix of carbs (pasta, rice, cereal etc), protein (lean meat and fish) and good fats (olive oil) and I keep myself well hydrated. On top of all that cycling I’m also walking the dog for an hour a day.

    Very frustrated at the moment!

    no idea how much fat is “good”, but i hardly eat any

    porridge with skimed milk for brekie about 6g

    lunch is a sandwich often cheese so some fat there or leftovers

    dinner is generaly low fat (mince gets drained, meat’s trimmed, non stick pans and spray on oil)

    I’m giving myself till then end of march to see if theres any weight loss, if not i’ll diet properly.

    In the mean time, did crunches to failiure in three sets last night and beer belly has magicly dissapeared (ok, its still there, just not poking out of my shirt) , so guess the road bike does nothing for abs.

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    Breakfast is Special K with skimmed milk

    Usually have a Special K cereal bar around 11am.

    Lunch is usually veg soup or a healthy sandwich (wholemeal bread, salad, low fat spread) & a piece of fruit.

    Have a piece of fruit around 3pm.

    Couple of coffees a day with skimmed milk and sweeteners. 500ml water bottle on my desk that gets refilled about 3 times during the day.

    Dinner is always home cooked and healthy i.e. Chili with lean mince, pasta with a home made sauce, home made curry (no excess oil, ghee etc) etc and I always make sure I use olive oil, replace cream with creme fraiche, use low fat alternatives wherever I can etc. I’m also controlling my portions by weighing stuff like pasta and rice using the scales.

    No snacking before I go to bed.

    If I drink alcohol, I’ve changed from drinking 3 nights a week to 1 night only and even then it’s only a couple bottles of real ale instead of a bottle of wine or 6+ bottles of lager.

    I really am at a total loss as to why I haven’t seen dramatic results yet. πŸ™

    Premier Icon Mr Agreeable
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    Why do you think bib shorts are so popular? πŸ˜‰

    simondbarnes
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    How far is your commute?

    Premier Icon miketually
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    I really am at a total loss as to why I haven’t seen dramatic results yet.

    Results in what sense?

    ski
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    I’ve been cycling 6 days a week for the last 5 months, drastically cut down my alcohol intake, kept a food diary, cut out junk food, made sure I’ve got my 5 portions of fruit/ veg a day.

    After all that, I haven’t lost a single pound in weight [:(]

    BoardinBob I was in the same boat as you, no matter what I did cycling wise, did not seem to drop weight, until I changed the exercise I did. I was lucky enough to get the use of a free personal trainer through work for a year.

    He worked out a simply free weight plan for me which worked out at two 20min sessions a week, using core exercises, high intensity using momentary muscular fatigue training principles, plus obviously strict food recommendations.

    I lost a stone within six months, two after a year!

    Have a copy of the plan (pdf) if you want a copy, or anyone else for that matter, give me a shout (my email is in my profile).

    πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    It’s only 6.5 miles which isn’t a lot but I’m doing that in half an hour at a pretty high intensity.

    I currently weigh about 200lbs

    From my food diary I know I’m consistently taking in less than 2000 calories a day

    I’m walking for an hour a day at a brisk pace which according to various online calculators should burn around 400 calories for my weight and exertion level.

    Similarly, an hour of cycling 5 days a week should burn around 900 calories for my weight and exertion level. Then you have a longer, lower intensity ride at the weekend too.

    I really should consult my doctor!

    simondbarnes
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    It’s only 6.5 miles which isn’t a lot

    You’re right, it isn’t. Weight fell off me when I started commuting 30 miles each way πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    Sadly 30 miles isn’t an option but at the end of the day I’m consistently consuming less calories than I’m using but seeing no noticeable results.

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    Results in what sense?

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    Results as in a positive change in my bodyshape.

    Yes my legs are noticeably improve but they weren’t fat to start with.

    I don’t have a particularly noticeable beer belly but I do have “love handles” πŸ˜† which are still the same size as they were 5 months ago i.e. my waist size hasn’t changed.

    AndyA
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    Maybe try doing some weight training a couple of times a week. Alot of fitness coaches reckon you should include weights/resistance training into your fitness routine. Worked for me.

    bomberman
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    not only are you fat, but you can’t spell either. BIKING – ING, remove the E πŸ˜‰

    will
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    I’m going to feel really bad now having Bacon, eggs, sausages and beans for lunch now. πŸ™„

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