Hey guys, after my first Budget Health Issue last week, I am happy to announce that this column will be part of my weekly schedule. Every Thursday I will try my best to bring you the recipes that have helped me lose over 100 pounds in under 6 months. While my dieting has changed now that I’m heading into a competitive cycling weight, it was these recipes that helped me get started.
Cycling and Weight Loss
As I did last week, I will use this section to provide a little advice for those of you who are just starting your weight loss journeys. This week I want to explain the reasons why I believe cycling is the best exercise for weight loss, especially when coming from a high starting weight like me.
Remember while any type of exercise will aid in your weight loss journey, it is dieting that will be the defining factor in your journey and that prior to commencing any exercise program you should check with your physician if it’s the right program for you.
With that said let’s begin…
Reason #1: Cycling is a low impact activity
I can’t explain in words how bad my knees hurt the few times I tried jogging at a higher weight. The pain was unbearable and while I started to see my body transform, it was impossible for me to jog for longer than 15 minutes. Which was a problem, while I wanted to improve my physique my overweight made it impossible to do so by jogging, so I had to look for an alternative, and in that, I found my passion for cycling.
While it was intimidating at first to get on my bike and ride, cycling provided the one thing I was looking for: no pain. I still remember finishing my first ride of 3 miles and thinking “wow my knees don’t hurt”, encouraging me to keep going. To this day the aches I’ve felt from riding my bike have been minimal and while my bum did hurt like crazy when I got started, it only took a handful of rides to get used to my seat.
Reason #2: Cycling can be used for transportation
Here’s why cycling works so effectively for weight loss. Unlike running, cycling can actually take you places. It can move you from point A to point B relatively quickly, and while your car might be a lot of faster, your bike will allow you to eat a little more the next time you go out to your favorite restaurant.
What I like to do, is every time I have a craving for something I’m not supposed to eat, I bike to a location that sells the item. Allowing me to burn the item of food even before I consume it. For instance, last week I was craving a scoop of rocky road ice cream. So I had my wife meet me at my neighborhood Baskin Robin’s while I biked the whole way there and back. At the end of the day, even with the double scoop of the stuff, I was able to continue my balanced caloric intake.
Reason #3: Cycling is fun
While this reason is bit biased, it’s hard to deny just how fun cycling can be. From the new perspective on life, to the simplicity in riding and talking with others. Cycling is one of the most interactive and beautiful activities you can perform for weight loss.
At the end of the day, cycling has allowed me to meet wonderful and new people. It has helped me reconnect with old friends and has allowed me to capture every inch of my hometown in a completely new way. Keeping me motivated and pedaling towards a better me.
This week, I provide a healthy turkey meatloaf recipe I eat at least once a week. Hope you enjoy!
- The Meal: Turkey beef meatloaf with a baked potato and two slices of wheat bread with water (or Stevia Kool-aid)
- Cost: About $3.70 / per serving
- Caloric Breakdown:
- Calories: about 500
- Total Fat: 10g
- Carbs: 71g
- Protein: about 24g
Why It Works…
This meal replacement works because it fills you up while keeping your caloric intake low. The key player here are the yams, they will help you feel satisfied while providing a great source of healthy carbs.
What do you think?
What do you think about my magical turkey meatloaf recipe? What are your dieting secrets? Do you have any recipes you’d like me to try? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
The Bottom Line
Well there you have it guys; the go-to meal of my weight loss transformation. Remember that there is no easy path to greatness, the road is hard and long, but if you travel it, the outcome is amazing.
Next week, we make some awesome soups… from fish to lentils…
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