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How Many Calories Do You Burn While Cycling?

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

Calories burned while cyclingDid you know that carrying extra weight has a detrimental effect on your health and your cycling? Imagine how much more difficult it is to climb hills when you’ve got a few extra pounds riding along in the caboose. If you’re like me, those extra pounds land on your hips, adding weight at the wrong end when you’re gasping up a long hill.

What’s the best way to trim down fast? Cycling. If you’ve add a few pounds on over the winter, no worries, you can cycle your way back to your normal weight. There’s another benefit to dropping those unwanted pounds. It’s the easiest way to improve your on-bike performance. Lightening up may even help you hang onto the pack this spring.

Why is cycling such an effective weight-buster? It’s fun—making it easy to do for long periods—and it burns a truckload of calories. Here’s a quick, low-tech way to figure out how many.

Cycling for Weight Loss Program

Weight Loss Cycling Plan

A 130 pound woman cycling at 25 kmh (15 mph) burns 10 calories per minute. For every 15 pounds below 130, decrease the calories burned by 1.2. For every 15 pounds above 130 pounds, increase the calories burned by 1.2 (Exercise Physiology, 5th edition, p.1106). For example, if you’re 145 lbs you would burn 11.2 calories a minute. Women weighing 115 lbs burn 8.8 calories a minute.

But if you want to keep the weight off, you need to eat like an athlete too. That means putting your body and your fitness first—eating foods that build your health and fuel your exercise—so every day you’ve got the energy to cycle, run or swim your way to your fitness goals.

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2 comments to How Many Calories Do You Burn While Cycling?

  • susen-marie

    could not have said it better myself!!!

  • Terri Clarke

    Your articles are always so timely, and they are always geared (yup, pun intended) to all types of cyclists.

    I have been chastising myself for the extra weight I’ve gained over the winter and worrying about the effect it will have on my cycling. Today, I get this upbeat message that gives me hope and enthusiasm to get out there and do something about it!

    Thanks for your great site and blog.


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