How to Lose Weight When Cycling – Part 1
There are so many reasons that take up the saddle and peddle around the roads and paths of our lands on our two wheeled friend the bicycle. Some do it to get somewhere, some for fitness, some for sport and some just for fun. Whatever your reason may be one of the great things about this mode of transport is that it is also a great way to shed some of those excess pounds. Whether you’re trying to improve your speed by lightening the load or simply making an effort to look your best for beach season it’s arguably one of the best ways to achieve this goal.
If you really do want to achieve this though it’ll take more than just peddling (though that is good start), It’ll take some change in other areas of your life too, changes in your lifestyle, diet and possibly even your mindset. I’m aware this probably sounds very daunting but it’s really not as soul destroying as it may come off, let’s take a look at a few of these tips to help make a positive change for you and your body.
A Regular Diet
I’m not talking diets like the ‘Atkins’ or the ‘Caveman’ or whatever current trend is sweeping the nation, I’m simply saying you need to stick to a regular diet. That means 3 meals a day every day. You can even go as far as planning out those meals, this will make doing a weekly shop easier, cutting down on the amount of times you visit the store (and hopefully the number of pesky snacks you’ll buy). By eating regular meals you’ll be keeping your body satisfied which will help you to cut down on those as well as keep energy levels at steady level. Even better by organise your meals you’ll be able to free up more time which will allow you to get out on your bike more often, so not only will your meals become more regular but your rides will too.
This I suppose a good rule for any form of healthy diet, it’s so easy to load up your plate and fill yourself with some of that glorious food, especially when you’ve been working out. Don’t be fooled though folks, your brain isn’t always your best friend when it comes to meal time, in fact it’ll take a while for it to realise you’re actually quite full up and no more food is needed. There are ways around this though, the simplest way is perhaps to fill up smaller plates forcing you to consume more reasonable portions than those of your larger ones. Often, it’s all in the presentation and it’ll look like a good amount anyway once the plate is filled. It’s also important to remember that the brain can sometimes mistake dehydration for hunger, make sure you’re getting plenty of water throughout the day, this could really help you control those portions.