- Jan 10, 2012
- Sydney, Australia
- Uni Grad
Yeah you're right but I do need to be a low weight to push higher cadence in cycling, I just took it a solid 5kg too far lol. I didn't really know how much I was burning precisely till I got a fitbit tbh and comparing my actual burn to my estimations, yeah I was way off lol.Not many people account for the calories they lose during a workout, you should always tailor your calories to the particular workouts you like to participate in, hence the calculation of your TDEE, then of course, the preferential caloric surplus/deficit. To be completely honest with you, the fact that you lost 15 kg in 7 months unintentionally is ludicrous. When it comes to fitness it all boils down to precision and experimentation.
You see those high carb vegans on YT, I always used to think "how the fk can they eat that much and be so slim" then when I started cycling I was like "ohhh now I know" lol
But that said, a lot of people do overestimate how much they burn. Not cyclists, but moreso weightlifters. Weightlifting really doesn't burn that many kcals and the "afterburn" effect is epically exaggerated. The main benefit is to do with the alteration of body composition i.e. more metabolically active muscle tissue which obviously isn't an overnight process.