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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 03:32 pm (UTC)
You continue to burn calories at a much higher rate for a full 24 hours, and even 48 hours later you will be burning calories at a quicker pace than you otherwise would, but its good to work out ever day to really keep it up. Further, you dont really start to burn the fat until after 30 minutes of working out, but after 90 minutes, you body starts to consume muscle for energy, so again to maximise your workouts you should lift weights for 30 minutes, then bike for an hour (or at least 30 minutes). That way you will also build muscle, and muscles additionally burn calories while you are not working out, so the bigger they are the better as well. Also, many suggest workouts are best first thing when you get up and before you have eaten, you will burn more fat then, and your metabolism will be up all day, but then slightly decreased by the time you are ready for bed. yes, I have been reading as well.

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