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Poll: How much weight do you gain or lose while on the road ??
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Old 10 Feb 2013
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I always lose weight. It doesn't matter what sort of trip it is - I tend to lose up to half a stone.

I generally skip lunch when travelling and also get a fair amount of exercise from walking around exploring or whatnot.
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Originally Posted by farqhuar View Post
I dropped 15kg (from 88 to 73kg) in 5 months on the road through China, Russia, Europe in 2008.

In Eastern Russia my diet each day was 1 bowl of Borsch, 2 slices of bread, 1 black coffee, as much fresh and cold mountain water I could drink and 1 Mars bar.
Looks like I'll need to go Russia for a few months, I lost 8 kgs in 4 months UK to OZ, all I need now is another diet plan to get down to ideal weight.
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I stayed the same this past 12 month trip

The problem was, all my muscle turned to fat and relocated to my middle and arse.

Having two extended layovers while waiting for parts was the main cause. Cheap booze and food in SEA meant my intake was more than the exercise I normally get when riding

I ride through Russia,Kaz and China, Mongolia prior to the stoppages

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I lose about a stone and a half. Most of that drop's out my Azz. In all my travel's a solid log is something you don't see often. So I kind of stay put for a few day's and just eat fruit, and drink tea. Bottle water is a life saver.
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Always lose weight, especially on trips where I'm riding and backpacking.
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We have remained pretty much the same in 23 months so far, we do stop and hike and take time out to do a lot of walking.

Staying in one place for a few days usually means a bit of grog etc that we normally can't carry and that is noticeable so we usually get more active too to help burn it off.

We also find riding down a soft sandy road where the bottom is a long way from the top helps cos after pushing for a while you get up a good sweat
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Dropped 5 kilo's in 3 weeks.. eating all the thai food I can get my hands on... worried what happens the next three weeks. But hey, beats being fat

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Men lose weight as they don't have so much acces to and fastfood.
Women gain weight as they sit still all day.

This was for our overland car trip through Africa

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I always lose. To into seeing everything rather than eating.
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Just cycled from Edinburgh to southern Spain (~2500km). About to cross into Morocco for a 3000km route round the country. May or not cycle home. Erm....I lose weight in a trip :-)
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This whole gain / lose weight on a trip is something I've been pondering after my recent experience. After two months away the belt on my trousers now does up three notches tighter than before. It's not the belt coming apart as the trousers are looser as well. I've no idea how much that corresponds to in weight but three notches must be a couple inches around my waist. In addition by the end of the trip I also noticed that my running endurance had improved and I was running about a minute / mile faster than before. That may not sound much but most runners would kill for that level of improvement.

The strange part was that the trip was round the USA, a country not noted for its lack of availability of food. In fact, when this kind of thing is on the breakfast menu you must wonder how anyone loses weight :

(It's Waffle House's breakfast menu Biscuits in Gravy if you were wondering)

If this had been the kind of place we'd been frequenting then maybe a bit of weight loss (by one route or another) might be understandable :

Exactly why I responded the way I did and why the effect is slowly reversing (despite my running mileage going up since my return) isn't something I've managed to work out but there must be a reason.
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If traveling outside of the USA, always loose weight.
Most places have a lot healthier ingredients, fresh veggies from a farm, fruit that has taste, cows that eat grass, coke with real sugar and realistic proportions.

The main thing for the above being --> affordable at regular street food prices.
There is healthy food in USA... just a lot more expensive
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I always lose; but it is funny. Whenever I stop, I then put the weight back on very quickly. Quicker than i would put it on usually.
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FFS; is this an episode of "loose women"????
It wasn't until you replied. You menopausal hag
Did some trips.
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Fix them for a living.
Can't say anymore.

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