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  • Can’t get wieght to drop any further

     J_P updated 11 years, 3 months ago 4 Members · 6 Posts
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  • memyself

    Member
    9 October 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Been moutain biking 5 times per week for last 6-8 months. since taking it up again after 5 years break (to start familly).

    have since dropped about half-a-stone, fittness levels are up and feel fitter.

    Problem is my weight is stuck at 200 lbs not matter how hard I train I cannot get lower. I should be roughly 187lbs for my hieght. Not a boozer, don’t overeat, but do have sedentry job.

    I am doing 12-15 miles routes, serious hills, flat secions and not slacking at all, but bloody weight is stuck and won’t move.

    Any thoughts or suggestions about what I can to increase fat-burn would be gratefully apperciated. I’m 48 6ft 5 mesomorph body shape.

  • Gunner

    Member
    9 October 2009 at 4:49 pm

    What is your average speed?

    How long does it take you to ride the courses you are doing?

    What is your exact weight?

    It may not be about training harder, but training smarter.

  • memyself

    Member
    9 October 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Average speed is abotu 12mph. 20-25 downhill. 5 uphill. roughly 10-12 on the flat.

    Takes me between 1-2 hours to ride the courses, but times are improving but up to 15 mins.

    Exact weight 200libs

    Sure you are right, about the training needing to be smarter. I seem to spend a lot of time in high heart rate zone, pusing myself.

  • Gunner

    Member
    10 October 2009 at 9:44 am

    Right, looking at your weight you are 14 stone and a couple of pounds, which isn’ bad for your height.

    Unfortunately though your problem is one of confusion.

    Generally you need to adopt the mindset that:

    Training improves fitness and health and has little relationship with bodyweight.

    Diet control affects bodyweight, and the choice of items included in the diet affects health.

    You say that you spend a lot of time in a high heart rate zone whilst training. The problem with this is that because your rides are relatively short and your heart rate so high you are not burning fat for fuel but rather more likely depleting your glycogen reserves which will be immediately topped up as soon as you eat. Your fat is remaining untouched.

    If you want to lose weight, you need to be doing longer rides at a lesser intensity, unfortunately very time consuming, as well as eating less or being more careful about what you eat. I’d certainly keep away from any carbohydrates whilst your riding or immediately after.

    Have you not thought about doing any of your sessionns on the road where you can maintain a good, even pace for the length of your ride, staying more in one zone and intermingling these with other days where you go off road for your fast blasts to keep your upper end fitness.

    Like I said, you need to be thinking about training SMARTER, rather than harder, otherwise you are just wasting your time.

    Hope that has helped a little.

    😉

  • HarryB

    Member
    12 October 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Problem is my weight is stuck at 200 lbs not matter how hard I train I cannot get lower. I should be roughly 187lbs for my hieght. Not a boozer, don’t overeat, but do have sedentry job.

    I am doing 12-15 miles routes, serious hills, flat secions and not slacking at all, but bloody weight is stuck and won’t move.

    Any thoughts or suggestions about what I can to increase fat-burn would be gratefully apperciated. I’m 48 6ft 5 mesomorph body shape.

    I’m always very pedantic on this weight stuff. It’s simple physics calories in v calories out. So, if you are not losing weight then your intake is greater than your output.

    So, the choices are to eat less (not my preferred option 😆 😆 :lol:) or do more exercise. It is of course not quite as simple as that as exercising in a specific heart rate zone will burn more fat.

  • J_P

    Member
    12 October 2009 at 8:15 pm

    It is of course not quite as simple as that as exercising in a specific heart rate zone will burn more fat.

    Coupling that with what Gunner said about longer rides I’m assuming that a longer lower intensity ride will burn the fat better than a short fast one, or am I barking up the wrong tree?

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