Author Topic: Average Weight Loss/Gain on Cross Country Tour  (Read 4804 times)

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Offline BikePacker

Re: Average Weight Loss/Gain on Cross Country Tour
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2021, 09:24:26 am »
I typically experience a 1 pound loss per every 100 miles, fully loaded, self-contained, solo.
To what limit do you lose weight? 
Worthy question John (& Stae) .....
I was being a bit too brief : ).
10 and stop at 195.
I will add (which I believe is consistent with that which other's experience - as reported herein),
that the first so many days (am guessing 4-6?) I lose no weight and can even gain.
How do I know specifically what weight I am gaining / losing? 
I find scales somewhere,
such as Publix Grocery Stores or fitness centers or Walmarts (where scales are sold).
« Last Edit: February 22, 2021, 08:09:38 am by BikePacker »

Offline JimmyTemp

Re: Average Weight Loss/Gain on Cross Country Tour
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2021, 07:41:27 am »
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I typically experience a 1 pound loss per every 100 miles, fully loaded, self-contained, solo.

Almost the same weight loss speed, that I have. And it seems that speed of weight loss also depends on the meal, which you consume and how much protein/fat does it have.

Offline BikePacker

Re: Average Weight Loss/Gain on Cross Country Tour
« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2021, 08:12:05 am »
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I typically experience a 1 pound loss per every 100 miles, fully loaded, self-contained, solo.

Almost the same weight loss speed, that I have. And it seems that speed of weight loss also depends on the meal, which you consume and how much protein/fat does it have.

At what total loss do you stop losing Jimmy?

Offline hikerjer

Re: Average Weight Loss/Gain on Cross Country Tour
« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2021, 02:16:04 pm »
I generally lose three to five pounds in the first two or three weeks but but tend to regain it fairly soon. After that my weight remains pretty consistent.
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Offline driftlessregion

Re: Average Weight Loss/Gain on Cross Country Tour
« Reply #19 on: April 08, 2022, 07:26:50 pm »
I gain weight on a  one or two week tour-we eat well-but lose on a 6 week tour.

Offline Mark Manley

Re: Average Weight Loss/Gain on Cross Country Tour
« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2022, 02:18:06 am »
A few years ago I did a four month, 2,500 mile tour of Southeast Asia, I am 5'8" and started at about 140lbs going down to around 130lbs and I felt pretty bad at the end of it. The problem was the lack of quality nutritious food in rural Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos with several days between bigger towns with more choice, good food was not such a problem in Thailand, I am not sure how cyclists get on crossing developing continents such as Africa but I would imagine nutrition would be a problem.

Offline zerodish

Re: Average Weight Loss/Gain on Cross Country Tour
« Reply #21 on: May 18, 2022, 09:15:22 am »
I did 2226 miles in 22 days at the age of 47. I was a bit in a hurry since my sister needed me to sign some legal papers. My legs went from 26 inches to 23 inches. I gained the muscle back just as quickly. I have concluded if I ride 55 miles a day my weight stays stable.

Offline johnsondasw

Re: Average Weight Loss/Gain on Cross Country Tour
« Reply #22 on: May 23, 2022, 08:10:32 pm »
Fom June 21, 2005 to July 10, 2005, at age 56, I rode just under 1400 miles on the Pacific coast from Olympia, WA to Santa Monica, CA. We averaged 72 mpd.  I gained 15 pounds and my thighs gained 1 inch in circumference.  I started eating like I do at home, and on about day7-8 completely hit the wall, with low energy all day and it took about 4 days of eating everthing in sight to get back to strength and enjoyment of the ride.  The gained weight never came off, in fact, I just kept gaining for the next 15 years.  Then i had a seizure, and it turned out I had two endocrine tumors, a pancreatic and pituitary one.  They came out with surgeries, and in the couple of years since, I have lost 27 pounds, and now at 73 feel better than I have in decades.  So my experience about weight gain cannot be counted as just a biking one.  There were major medical complications all mixed up in it. Anyuway, it's good to be back to biking, hiking, and climbing as an old man (as my granddaughter calls me now).   
May the wind be at your back!

Offline Westinghouse

Re: Average Weight Loss/Gain on Cross Country Tour
« Reply #23 on: June 13, 2022, 04:19:34 pm »
I was never meticulous about free long-distance tour weight as compared to after the tour was over. By vague recollection for me I think it was more about maintaining weight. I may have lost some pounds on long-distance rides oh, but not very many pounds. It is my understanding if you take in about as many calories as you burn oh, you should maintain your current weight. If you are comparative Lee inactive when you begin a long-distance bicycling tour such as from coast to coast across the United States oh, your body must go through a transition stage. It is during this transition that you must get used to the rigors of many hours a day of constant continuous activity oh, and if applicable, camping in the woods. When I was younger on long-distance tours I would eat like a horse, or maybe two or three horses. I would burn up the calories as fast as I took them in. If you are younger, your leg muscles should strengthen up very well.