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So I was reading some literature on exercise today.

In general I've been feeling pretty good about the riding the bike. It puts things in perspective when you figure that it takes about 30 minutes of pretty solid workout to burn off one snickers bar. It really makes you rethink what you eat during the day.

Then I discovered that one pound of fat is equivalent to 3900 calories. So in order to lose one pound of fat, you have to burn 3900 calories more than you take in.
Maximum recommended caloric deficiency is 900 calories in one day. That's 4.33 days to lose one pound.

So assuming that the bike riding is my only caloric deficiency, to hit 900, I'd have to ride continually for an hour and a half a day at my current rate. And at that rate, it would take me three years to hit my goal.

So I need to make some changes.


May. 15th, 2004 12:41 am (UTC)
good pace
hold on hold on! 4.33 days/lb is a good pace. 3 years is a good pace if your math holds think about it. 4.33 goes into 365 days 84 times. Eighty four pounds per year is an incredible pace! My personal aim is designed for 5 years and I assure you, it's a lot less than 84#/year!

Just what are you trying to do? Got a big boxing match coming up? ;-)
May. 15th, 2004 04:37 pm (UTC)
Re: good pace
Nah, worse. Woman-hunting in a year or so. :)
May. 16th, 2004 12:17 pm (UTC)
Re: good pace
I second that bit about a good pace. You can cut back on your portion sizes and continue your current exercise regimen (increasing the intensity as you get 'comfortable' with the workout), and do Just Fine.

Consider how many years it took to gain the weight... three years doesn't look too bad in perspective. I want to lose 40 lbs, myself. That's about 10 months of work, at the rate of 1 lb per week. Given it took me the better part of 6 years to gain the weight, I think it is a decent trade-off.
May. 17th, 2004 01:10 am (UTC)
Re: good pace
Yes, but if you take into account that I'm nowhere near that rate yet, it's discouraging.

I'm just impatient.

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