There’s a myriad of reasons why people cycle: transportation, freedom, improved mental health, sport and competition, and quite simply enjoyment to name a few.
As well as serving all of these purposes, cycling also torches calories, and being a low impact activity it’s a great option for people looking to lose a little bit of weight.
As a form of cardiovascular exercise, riding a bike improves heart health, as well as helping you to build muscle which in turn improves your metabolism, meaning your body blazes through more calories even when sitting still.
However, if you’re cycling to lose weight, but finding the scales just aren’t budging, it can be pretty frustrating.
Aside from broken scales (seriously, check this!), there are many possible causes for a lack of progress – we’ve taken a look at what could be holding you back on the journey to a healthy weight…
Not enough sleep
Since it’s not generally acceptable to take a nap at your desk, the next best source of extra energy is from extra food
When your body is tired, you can find yourself searching for more energy, any way you can get it. Since it’s not generally acceptable to take a nap at your desk, the next best source is from extra food.
Studies have shown that lack of sleep can cause an increase in snacking, and consumption of excess calories – often from carbohydrates which produce a quick spike in insulin levels before instigating a sudden drop, when more carbs will be required!
The amount of sleep people need varies dramatically – your optimum could be anywhere between 7 and 10 hours. If you feel like you’re not getting enough shut eye, try and find a day when you can sleep as long as you like, don’t set an alarm, lock the cat (dog/child) out of the bedroom, and see just how long you naturally sleep for. That will give you an idea how many hours you need.