Cycling a good way to lose weight.
I was intrigued by these figures I found in a book Cycle for Life, by Nicole Cooke. According to these calculations the calories burned per hour in cycling varies considerably depending on effort / speed.
Calories Used Per Hour In Cycling
- 10mph – 133
- 15mph – 349
- 20mph – 742
- 25mph – 1374
- 30mph – 2303
The calorie consumption really depends not on speed but on power output and it will vary for different people. But, it does show that if you want to burn alot of calories – don’t just plod along at 15mph.
15mph may be good for fat burning. But, if you like eating carbohydrates and you want to lose weight – what better way than a daily 1 hour time trial at 25+mph?
It also shows why procyclists riding the Tour can struggle to get enough calories to replace what they expend through racing 5 hours a day. Most pro cyclists will lose weight during the tour, even though they eat between 6,000 and 10,000 calories a day – the maximum that the body can absorb.
Energy Use in Cycling
Base Metabolic Rate BRM
This gives a rough guide to how much calories you use, if you live a sedentary life and then how many extra calories you consume depending on more consumption
Age – Men
- 18-30 Weight *15.3 + 679
- 31-60 Weight * 11.6 + 879
For me 70 kilos * 11.6 + 879 = 1691 calories
Though since I am 33 I might still be in the category 18-30
Physical Activity Quotients PAQ
- Very light activity – using computer BMR * 1.5
- Light activity – slow walking BMR *25.
- Moderate activity – brisk walking, BMR * 5.0
- Heavy activity – slow running BMR * 7.0