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How much weight do you gain or lose while on the road ??

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Ted, have a look at the 5th photo down on my Argentina-Alaska blog taken the same day I got home and tried on my old jeans.

I really wish I had that stomach now!! The UK booze culture has a lot to answer for...
Any excuse to flash your pants eh !!


But sheeet man ! You lost some pounds. Were you not eating any fine Argentinian asados and empanadas ! ?? lol
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Oh, totally....plus the Quilmes! I think it was just being more active every day, even things like packing up the bike every day or setting up the tent etc all adds up.

That and travelling with a girl who was on such a tight budget that 'apparently' it was cheaper to share a meal than have one each!


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Were you not eating any fine Argentinian asados and empanadas ! ?? lol
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Oh, totally....plus the Quilmes! I think it was just being more active every day, even things like packing up the bike every day or setting up the tent etc all adds up.

That and travelling with a girl who was on such a tight budget that 'apparently' it was cheaper to share a meal than have one each!

Why did you go and have to say Quilmes ! Those 1L blue and white bottles have a lot to answer for !!

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yup same here, lost around 7kg and fitter than ever

travelling through cold siberia in oct/nov burned a lot of fat i guess and vodka isnt adding too many calories..lol. in australia, a lot of couscous with the tuna so same story there. years earlier through africa, i probably lost more kgs (uuhuh whats a stone?) due to malaria and lots of stomach upsets...

overall, these trips have changed my eating habbits and a converted health freak when it comes to food and wellbeing. its all good.
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On my 4 months trip around Oz, I lost about 5kg, while waiting to head to the USA, I put that on and more, nothing to do but eat sit and drink.

During the Americas trip, north south and central, I must have lost about 5-10kg. But, yes, I was in BsAs at Dakar Motos for 3 weeks before flying out and them $1 per litre bottle of was my main diet and them empladas

Having been back in Oz for a few months now, I have gained all I lost and I may add more.

The 3 meals a day without excercise is the cause of course. And, I am drinking less back here than I did on the road, once a weeek here, every day while travellling, for the social atmosphere of course, plus all them different s to taste

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OK I'm convinced - I need to get on a trip asap then as I'm developing my own tank bag sitting here reading about trips others are making!
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I gained about 6 pounds in 12 months riding UK to Oz, mostly in India and Malaysia, good food, plenty of it.
Recently lost about 10 pounds cycling around SE Asia for 4 months and was pretty skinny to start with, looked like I had been working on the Burma railway after, a great way to lose weight if you want to.
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I gained about 6 pounds in 12 months riding UK to Oz, mostly in India and Malaysia, good food, plenty of it.
Recently lost about 10 pounds cycling around SE Asia for 4 months and was pretty skinny to start with, looked like I had been working on the Burma railway after, a great way to lose weight if you want to.
Definately on my list !!
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Am afraid I'm going to deviate from what most people have said on this thread (and from my own previous backpacking experiences) and say I gained quite a bit of weight. Lots of driving every day, coupled with lack of exercise and (crucially) every night to wind down!
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Am afraid I'm going to deviate from what most people have said on this thread (and from my own previous backpacking experiences) and say I gained quite a bit of weight. Lots of driving every day, coupled with lack of exercise and (crucially) every night to wind down!
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..just like yo-yos!

Simon and I have both lost and gained weight in our time on the road.
through Africa we lost around 20lbs each...then put it back on in South Africa :-)
put more on in Argentina...oh I love those Asados! so had gained around 1st plus the original 20lbs lost!! OMG
then lost it all and more in Brazil through the Amazon and then via malaria.
lost even more due to another batch of malaria...
then guess what!?
put it all back on again when back in Argentina!
good healthy living in mexico with excercise helped us back down to our fighting weight.....
loads put on in the USA :-(...I wonder why...?
since travelling through Mongolia and the Stans where the riding was full go most days - not a lot of food eaten due to being on the track all day - then suffering gardia in India....we lost loads more.

so as you can see - if the food is there to buy (either to cook ourselves or eat out) we eat it :-) if its not ...we loose weight. not too sure if this is good for you or not?
mmm..and yeah..booze doesnt help does it?
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1 stone = 6.35 kg
Thanks!

Who still uses imperial measurements anyway, they caused the Mars Orbiter to crash and burn.

Interesting poll but I might make my own in Kgs so the rest of us can understand you're gobbledigook.

I lost about 8kgs but have since put it all back on and then some!
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Over 12 months motorcycling to Australia I put on about 6 pounds, mostly in India and Malaysia.
My recent 5 month cycling trip to SE Asia I lost about 8-10 pounds but was pretty skinny to start with, I came back looking like I had been working on the Burma railway.
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Gain and lose ...

When doing a lot of off road and dirt, standing up all day every day for weeks on end, moving with the bike, I lose weight. When larding it up on asphalt, sitting down, stopping at cafe's all the time, I put it back on.

So its become a simple formula for me. My riding weight for off road is about 7kgs lower than my riding weight for asphalt - which is basically the same as my 'working in an office' weight.

I gravitate towards the lower weight when riding dirt, and I gravitate towards the upper weight when riding asphalt or not riding at all.
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In my personal experience, the Acute Malaria Diet (tm) is the most ruthlessly efficient for weight loss. I've lost over 20 pounds/10 kilos in a few weeks almost effortlessly. On the other end of the spectrum, Canada and the USA seem to be the easiest places to pack on the poundage, irrespective of activity or sloth.

Overland motorcycling may be exhausting at times, but for me it doesn't really compare to other activities when it comes to calories consumed, aerobic thresholds exceeded or muscle mass accreted. On a long trip, both my forearms and my belly seem to bulge ominously.

All bets are off in areas where there is little or nothing to eat; this includes parts of Africa and Asia, and occasionally elsewhere. But set point theory, which seems to dictate that I always end up 15 pounds heavier than I'd prefer, rules in the end.

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