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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.

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revdj
May. 15th, 2004 09:12 am (UTC)
You are making an error though - things are better than you think.

You are assuming this:

Get on the bike - increase caloric burn rate
Get off the bike - back to your old slovenly self.

Untrue! After your hour of riding, your metabolism is STILL burning calories at an increased rate. As you bathe in your hot tub, watch television, debug code, your metabolism is going, "burn burn burn the maniac may get on the bike again AT ANY MOMENT"

This effect lasts for a while (I don't remember how long, but it is over an hour)

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