Biking for Weight Loss 

Cycling is a full-body workout. Because it is an aerobic exercise, it raises your heart rate and breathing. Your body uses oxygen to turn fats and sugars into energy, so the more you breathe during biking, the more calories you burn. In fact, can burn as much as 444–733 calories for an 185-pound rider who cycles vigorously for 30 minutes. This makes it an excellent exercise for overweight and obese riders looking to lose weight. 

30 minutes of moderate-intensity cycling 4 times a week can burn about 1.3 kg of fat per month.

Obesity is becoming more prevalent in the US, with multiple states experiencing a rise in obesity rates. In particular,  was at 28.1% in 2022. The condition puts individuals at risk for developing chronic conditions, which is why many obese individuals turn to strategies like calorie restriction to lose weight. Yet, for some, biological and genetic factors can hinder their weight loss efforts.

You can’t make the most out of cycling if you do it randomly—it must be part of an effective weight-loss strategy. That means you need to also follow a sustainable diet plan that nourishes your body, fuels your workouts, and prevents further weight gain.

Biking is one of the best exercises to lose weight.

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Mariya Zelenskyy – Media and Outreach Coordinator