6 Reasons That A Bike Trainer Shines For Weight Loss

Not too long ago I read an inspiring account of a British man who lost 364 pounds by riding a bike. It was certainly inspiring for anyone looking to lose weight, but it also gave me some insight into some of the obstacles faced when a person is overweight and wants to use exercise (as they should) in their weight loss program.

The article also led me to believe stationary bikes or indoor bike trainers can go a long way toward overcoming some of those obstacles.

1). Embarrassment Reduction Factor: When Gary Brennan started out his weight loss journey at 559 pounds, he got on his bike and faced a problem much less obvious than merely getting the wheels to turn.

He was embarrassed.

The second day out he was embarrassed again...but still got on the bike. But not everyone looking to lose weight will want to get on a bike and ride down the street in front of all of their neighbors.

That's where riding indoors (at least initially) on a bike trainer shines. With no one around to witness the first few rides, one more excuse to not get started exercising is eliminated.

2). One Mile Down The Road And Then What? What do you do when you're out riding and you can't go any more? In the case of Gary, he got half a mile before he had to get off the bike and sit down to rest for ten minutes on a bench. When riding indoors, there's never an 'inconvenient' time to take a rest when you need to.

3). No Hills: There aren't any hills on an indoor ride (unless you want them to be there). Not being able to control the terrain can be another obstacle between you and starting a bicycling exercise routine. Unless you live in a pancake-flat area, there are going to be uphills that just aren't 'doable' when you first get started. On an exercise bike, the only time you'll have to go uphill is when you decide to crank up the resistance on the machine.

4). No Destructive Shock To The Joints: If there's one indisputable feature about a bicycle, it's that it is 'smooth'. The pounding to the ankles, knees, and hips that is usually a part of exercise formats just isn't there.

5). Speaking Of Weather: Although I love to ride my bike, I have to admit that extremes in weather can get in the way. Whether it's too hot, or too cold...a bike can be a miserable place to be sitting some times of the year. When you're riding inside, the weather isn't a problem which is critical. The last thing you need is to have a tremendous (or tenuous) exercise program interrupted by a season of bad weather.

6). Why Not A Gym? If riding a bike in front of a couple of people is awkward...what are we to think of showing up at a gym? At a gym you'd better be wearing the right clothes. You should also be prepared to get looked at by people who should 'get a job' and not spend so much time on the bar bells. And then there's the time spent traveling to and from the facility.

So those are a few reasons that it makes a lot of sense to incorporate indoor cycling into your weight loss exercise program.

And in case you're wondering if it works...it doesn't take too much in the way of Google searching to find case after case of formerly obese people who now have a body that they can be proud of and who began their journey on the seat of an indoor bike.

About the author: Ron Fritzke is a cycling product reviewer who's spent a lot of time recently investigating indoor bike trainers. When he's not on his bike, he's writing articles like this Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll trainer review for his website.


Chocolate diet for helping chocolate lovers lose weight

Are you addicted to chocolates and think that you are unable to lose your weight because you eat a lot of them? Well, chocolate diet is here for you. This diet has been founded by British diet expert Sally Ann Voak. Let’s get clear about different aspects of this diet plan.

Chocolate diet- the basics

The chocolate diet aims at enabling people to put a break on their chocolate addiction and having chocolates in their diet while maintaining normal body weight. In this diet plan, people are put in to 6 categories of chocolate addicts. By answering certain quizzes, you can judge the category you belong to. For each category, there is a particular diet plan along with dieting rules and exercise recommendations.

Following are the 6 categories of chocolate addicts
  1. Secret bingers: Those who prefer eating chocolates secretly and hide it in places unknown to others.
  2. Romantics: Single people who eat chocolates and get satisfaction as an alternative for their physical and emotional needs.
  3. Comfort eaters: People who consume chocolates when they experience stress and feel tired. Most people fall in to this category.
  4. Weekend indulgers: People who eat more chocolates when they have holidays or parties.
  5. Sugar addicts: People who derive most of their energy from carbohydrates and consume chocolates for getting a kick in their energy levels.
  6. Premenstrual cravers: Women who eat a lot of chocolates only when they experience their menstrual cycle.
Only for the first week, people from all these categories need to leave chocolates. After the first week, chocolate allowance is offered every day for the dieters.

Foods to be eaten while following the chocolate diet

Vegetables which have low calories should be eaten. For instance mushrooms, asparagus, broccoli, tomatoes, watercress and spinach should be eaten. Herbal tea and skimmed milk should be consumed by dieters.

Advantages of the chocolate diet
  • This diet plan is best for those people who cannot stop eating chocolates.
  • Different exercises are advised for different category chocolate lovers.
  • It promotes the consumption of vegetables.
Disadvantages of the chocolate diet
  • Dieters are more likely to be left hungry while following this diet plan.
  • Not appealing to dieters who are not addicted to chocolates.
This diet plan allows people to eat low calories vegetables along with very small quantity of chocolates every day. People should not expect that they can keep on eating a lot of chocolates and lose their weight while following this diet plan.