It is a question we’ve all pondered: Can cycling help you lose weight? How many calories will I burn riding a bike?
Whether riding a bike as a form of transport or as an exercise, cycling has proven to be effective in losing weight. Cycling burns a whopping 50% more calories than walking for the same amount of time spent.
For an average man, an hour of cycling burns up to 716 calories while an average woman burns up to 628 calories per hour. That’s equivalent to burning more than 5 pieces of KFC drumsticks.
What is a Calorie?
Basically, a calorie is a unit of energy. When something is said to contain 100 calories, it is a way of describing how much energy your body could get from consuming it.
There are 9 calories in every gram of fat, and 4 calories in every gram of protein and carbohydrate. Calories that are not used will be stored in fat cells and these calories can only be burned through exercise.
How many calories do I need?
The Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the minimum number of calories you need to keep your body running. For sedentary women, it’s around 1400 calories a day while the number is around 1800 for men.
Your daily caloric needs will differ depending on your size, activity level, and individual metabolism, but it’s a good idea to get a ballpark range to make sure you’re not over or under-doing it.
Why cycling is good for burning calories and losing weight?
In order to lose weight and keep it off, the exercise needs to be accessible, inexpensive and an activity that doesn’t cause discomfort.
Cycling one of the exercises that fit these criteria. Cycling enables high-calorie burn, accessible and inexpensive, proven to have an impact on weight and BMI, indoors or outdoors, easy on the joints and can be done anywhere and anytime.