Get Your Ride On!
Why do I bother to answer questions like this anymore? Everyone’s metabolism is different! No two people are the same. No one (and I do mean NO ONE) can predict exactly how long it will take to lose 15lbs. The harder you work at – the faster it will happen – in conjunction with the proper diet. One trip past Mickey D’s can screw up an entire day – if not more.
A good cardiovascular work-out will last an hour plus a brief warm-up & cooling down period at slower speeds on a bicycle 4 to 5 times per week. Once warmed up – pedal at a rate or “cadence” of 70 – 90 rpm on the pedals in a gear that’s easy to “spin” rather than “push” using moderate pressure. Learn how & when to shift gears to maintain that 70 – 90 cadence. Many times, the pros top 110 for a burst of speed.
Cycling will help reduce fat on a PROPORTIONATE level all over, improve stamina, tone leg muscles, strengthen the heart & in some cases lower blood pressure & bad cholesterol. Cycling will not target one specific area of the body to take off fat. Need to tone up the ab muscles? Get to a gym & work on the core muscles. Link below from Bicycling.com may be helpful. Fill in the blanks – click on Calculate.
If you ride for a hour a day and cut back 500 calories a day you can lose 2 lbs a week. Cycling tones the legs and butt and that is about it.
114 miles per pound [if you don;t also eat differently]
you work it out
If you are eating normally. The if you ride 15 miles per day, and cut 1000 calories from your diet per day… you could expect to lose 3 pounds per week.
“I’m 16 and 130 lbs.” Yes, but how tall are you? This is important. 130 pounds is not very heavy if you are tall, but we don’t know how tall you are. Riding a bike will strengthen your legs, and improve your cardiovascular system, by how much is up to you and how much time and effort you put into it. Figure on an average of 1 hour per day at a level of effort that keeps your heart beating at about 70 – 75% of its maximum. This will not be a quick fix, figure on months of work. You will also have to control your calorie intake in order to lose that weight. Since muscle weighs more than fat, you may not lose as much weight as you want to at first. You will slim down but your body will become more dense