Lose 14lbs in 14 weeks – best way?
I am 43 and 5ft 9in and currently weigh 12st 11lbs. I want to lose a stone to help climb quicker. I’ve entered Mayhem solo and want to improve on my position last year, 32/150.
I ride about 4 times per week, with lots of climbing in the Shropshire hills of home:
MTB 2x per week, 2hrs hard effort on hills and easy on the flats and downs;
MTB 1x per week, 4hrs easy effort throughout;
Road 1x per week, 2-4hrs easy effort throughout.
I sleep well between 7 and 9 hrs per night. My diet is healthy – fish, tofu, veggie sausages, rice, cous cous, fresh herbs, roasted seeds, lots of roasted veg, lots of fruit, lots of water. Occasional sweet snacks.
While riding I fuel on Jelly Babies and SIS Go or water, and flapjacks and bananas on longer rides.
My weight has been stable at 12st 9-13lbs for about 2 months since Xmas.
I will usually lose some weight from April onwards as the diet changes to lighter summer food, but just wondering if anyone out there has some top tips on losing a stone in 14 weeks.Posted 3 years agoalfabusSubscriber
I’ve been exiled to London for work for the last 6 months… was starting to get a bit porky due to big lunches and no riding, so I’m trying a 5:2 diet.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I skip breakfast and dinner, just eating a reasonable lunch.
I’ve lost 7kg since new year, so that is about 15 pounds (just over a stone) with no increase in exercise (working away plus young baby == very limited biking 🙁 )
DavePosted 3 years agoti_pin_manMember
can of worms, this thread will soon explode with advice as theres loads of diets out there to loose weight but in essence eat less than you expend is a +1.
I’ve lost just shy of a stone in nearly 2 months, I can only say what worked for me, more veg, lean greens for breakfast, no treats at all not even on a ride and I cut a lot of carbs out such as bread and cut back on booze. its still slowly coming off and worked for me. Results arent over night nor should they be. 4lbs to go and I reach my target.Posted 3 years agokcalSubscriber
My diet is a good bit less healthy than yours — too much bread, biscuits, even oatcakes; too much alcohol as well if truth told;
but at reasonable weight for height (just under your height, bit under 11st.) and can usually keep it at that – I imagine my metabolism is quite high; don’t get as much sleep, and while ride less, usually march around town rather than taking car, in winter other activities – curling – keep me out of the kitchen and using caolries.
But 14lbs in 154 weeks is a fair whack, might need to up the exercise regime a bit, or try intervals on your road rides to get activity levels up – use HRM?
FWIW I have been trying to shed a couple of the rounded pounds, and have been using myfitnesspal – is useful to see where the calorie consumption is coming from. But I’m not disciplined and although I’d lose weight if I cut out some stuff, I’d really rather not!!Posted 3 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
I just found it usefull to see what ~500Calories looked like when planning a meal. I think one of my problems was ‘sides’. Spag bol is healthy, half a garlic baguette with it has an equal number of calories, but no real value nutritionaly (just fat and carbs).Posted 3 years agoChrisISubscriber
myfitnesspal – track calories and eat 500 less a day than you burn. In theory this will net you 14lbs in 14 weeks.
I surprised myself in how much I snack and by reducing it just a little bit I’ve been losing 0.5-1lbs per week for the last 6 weeks. As per TINAS, I was amazed at the amount of extras I was adding onto a healthy meal, often just eating too much of a good thing 😳
In 14 weeks this may plateau somewhat so you might need to throw in some new exercise, like weights or kettlebells to keep the loss going.Posted 3 years agoscudMember
Try and put some High Intensity Interval work in, I think if you ride a lot the body adapts to that work load, if you “shock” it a bit with intervals or something new like weight training (not heavy weighs, but circuits with little breather in between) it can help get over a plateau and it raises the metabolism greatly so you keep burning calories for a longer period after finishing, seemed to help when looking to drop weight
Also if you are exercising a lot, don’t cut your calories drastically just eat more sensibly otherwise you’ll be knackered by mid weekPosted 3 years agobrakesMember
I’m the same height as you, and was the same weight (up to 13.5 stone at one point), albeit younger 8) . Last year I got down to your target weight through counting calories and reducing them to 1600 per day, fasting 5 days a week between 8pm and 12pm the next day and going the long way home on my commute (doubling the normal distance) even if that meant I was late or it was raining, oh and not eating pasta at dinner time.Posted 3 years ago
The key for me was knowing the calorific value of what I was eating which I kept a log of for a month or so until I got used to it.
Boiled eggs are filling.BigJohnSubscriber
Lose 14lbs in 14 weeks – best way?
err, a pound a week?
If you Google “the famous idave diet” You will get the basic diet and the basic explanation.
I’ve followed it for a few years and it’s good for weight loss, being a better rider, never being hungry and feeling fit and healthy with lots of energy.
I have always followed it only from Monday to Friday lunchtime, and I’ve never been hyper strict and it has worked for me.
Those who say “eat less move more” leave me speechless.Posted 3 years agomiketuallySubscriber
My wife lost 14lbs in January, doing Slimming World.
Ditch the booze;
Boiled/poached eggs with smoked salmon for breakfast;
Salad for lunch*;
Something from the Hairy Dieters books for dinner*;
If you do that, you’ll lose weight.
*dinnerPosted 3 years ago
Reduce fruit intake – lots of quick convert fruit sugars. Try exercise first thing on an empty stomach – speeds metabolism and seems to burn fat for me. Drop “white carbs” and bulk up with fibrous greens – loads of carbs in veg.Posted 3 years ago
That’s what I do food wise and then add in some more cycling – nothing shifts the weight like miles for me.Pawsy_BearSubscriber
Apart from diet I added some quality to your training. Your doing a lot of the same. Add different amounts and effort. Should be some interval training. I add a couple sessions in the gym for overall conditioning and a session of hard lengths in the pool. If you want to go up hill faster then where is the hill interval session?
Your body has got used to the same old training regime.Posted 3 years agoepicycloSubscriber
There’s a nice simple way and it’s very old from the early days of cycling, and it’s specifically to help lose weight for climbing.
Go out before breakfast, but after a coffee. Ride a loop that takes you to edge of bonking. Have a protein breakfast – it used to be 2 or 3 eggs and bacon.
And don’t starve yourself for the rest of the day, but don’t overeat either.
Not very scientific, it was just based on what worked.Posted 3 years agomiketuallySubscriber
I’m not a mouse. Are you a mouse?Posted 3 years agoMarmosetMember
Uh-oh, high protein doesn’t help either, damn these scientists, I don’t think anyone has confirmed that cake is bad though?Posted 3 years ago
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