Top 5 Ways To Lose Weight Through Cycling


– [Matt] Christmas is over. It’s the new
year, so no doubt many of you will be thinking about how to lose some excess
weight ahead of the summer cycling season. – [Simon] The good new is, though, that
you are in the right sport if you want to lose weight. Cycling is a fantastic
way to shed pounds, kilos in stow. So here are our tips on how you can get lean
in 2017, becoming a cycling machine… – Do cycling… stop. – …living your dream… , – No, just go on with the video. – …eating mainly green. – Just stop it now. – Clementine? ♪ [music] ♪ – Happily, the first bit of this video
is all about eating which is fun. Now, new year’s resolutions and
diet regimes are all well and good, but what they actually do is restrict
your calorie intake. And that can actually result in binge eating, which
can end up undoing all the good that you’ve done in the first place. – Yeah, and one of the worst times
you can actually restrict calories is whilst riding your bike. You might not
think that you need to consume anything if you’re only out for an hour or 90 minutes,
but any longer than that, and you really should think about eating something
whilst riding. Because otherwise, when you get home, you’ll end up feeling
like you could eat a proverbial horse. And that’s not good, because you could end
up consuming more calories than you just burned out on your ride. – So when you’re out on your ride, make
sure you take some solid food with you or some energy gels and then some
carbohydrate drink or any permutation of those three things. And then when you
get back home, you’ll be far less likely to dive into a cookie
jar or the sweet tin. ♪ [music] ♪ Come January the first, many riders
try and cut out the guilty pleasures all together, whatever they may be. So it
could be chocolate, cakes, beer, wine or fast food, but just like drastically
reducing your calories, trying to cut completely everything from your
diet could leave you to crack. – Yeah, so, instead, why not use these
treats as a reward for good training or for doing exactly what you planned to do
on the bike or for going that extra mile on a particular session. Because
if you do reward good behavior, you’re more likely to stay motivated
and then also stop yourself feeling that you’re being denied life’s little
luxuries. Here you go mate, well done. – Cheers, Si. – Genuinely, well done today, well done. – Well, I really did try and do
what I’ve set out to do today, Si. – Well you’ve gone that extra
mile, and you’ve behaved well. ♪ [music] ♪ You probably don’t have time to do
epic five hour rides every day like pro cyclists do, but you may well find
that you actually get the same results from two short, well timed rides
in the same day, because they can really get your metabolism revving. – Yeah, do a half an hour session on
the home trainer with some really hard, short intervals before breakfast, and then
do the same session after dinner a couple of hours before you go to bed. And
that will keep your metabolism burning brightly through the night. – Yeah, now, you don’t want to do this
everyday, definitely not, in fact, but two or three times a week, and you will
quickly see results both from the scales and when you admire
yourself in the mirror. – You’re looking good, Si. Have
you been doing double sessions? – You know, I have, actually. My
metabolism is, frankly, revving. Can you tell? – Yeah. ♪ [music] ♪ – Something’s been said that we burn
more calories for exercising at the same intensity when it’s cold compared
to when it’s warm. The theory being, we burn more energy simply trying to
maintain our core body temperature. However, recent studies have shown that
while we do burn more calories when it’s cold, only when we’re shivering. No one
really want to do that on a daily basis. – In fact, we actually burn more energy
trying to keep our bodies cool when we’re hot than the other way around
which is certainly news to me. So you’re far better off doing the session
on a home training indoors than venturing out into the icy conditions, as you’re
burning more calories and therefore lose more weight. It’s far better
as well than getting frostbite. ♪ [music] ♪ Are fat burning rides a myth? Well,
probably, because when scientists discovered that we burn a greater
percentage of fat at lower intensities, there’s, all of a sudden, a real rush to
prescribe endurance cycling at a low heart rate to burn fat. – However, whilst it is true that you
burn a higher percentage of fat at low intensities, you actually burn more
fat at higher intensities even though carbohydrates form a high
percentage of the fuel that you use. – Hmm, so sprints, intervals, running
flat out for an hour are far better for burning fat than actually
dawdling along at walking pace. – Yeah. Now, we would be really, really
interested to know how you guys all get on with your weight loss targets in
2017. So, make sure you share your experiences in the comment section down
below and probably find that in reading other people’s comments, you’ll probably
get an extra bit of motivation to help you along the way as well. – Yeah, now, for our indoor training
playlist, how about clicking just up here? And for a guide for indoor
trainers, click just down here. – There’s some dirty, high
intensity stuff right there, isn’t it? – It certainly is. – Make sure as well before leaving, for
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