The Selene Yeager (aka Fit Chick) get fit/lose weight program, as described in her book Ride Your Way Lean: The Ultimate Plan for Burning Fat and Getting Fit on a Bike is one of the best programs for weight loss by cycling.
The book describes an excellent exercise program for cyclists, or for anyone who just wants to lose weight and develop really strong core and leg muscles.
Doing this program, I very quickly saw I see a really big difference in my midsection, thanks to all the core exercises that I forced myself to do. I was definitely sitting and standing taller and straighter, and felt taller on my bike too. Always a good thing.
I lost weight on the Ride Your Way Lean Diet
Yeager said the exercises would make me look slimmer instantly, but I can’t say that happened. However, after a few weeks there was definitely a visible difference, and my pants became way looser. I’m not sure if that’s because of core strength or because I quickly lost about ten pounds.
Losing 10 pounds means that the Ride Your Way Lean program took me 20% of the way towards losing 50 pounds!
What is the Ride Your Way Lean eating program?
The Ride Your Way Lean eating program is NOT A DIET. Rather, Yeager describes it as a quantum shift in the way you think about food. To me, this seems to boil down to eating as healthily as humanly possible. I was already eating very well, but following some of Yeager’s recommendations enabled me to take it up a notch.
Follow These Top 10 Ride Your Way Lean Eating Rules
- Eat breakfast (preferably including an egg or two. Wow, I have to say that eggs are excellent. Two eggs in the morning, and I am not hungry for at least four hours).
- Eat often (keep the furnace burning!)
- Eat real food (foods that you “recognize as part of an animal or plant” – for example, what part of what animal is a doughnut?)
- Eat more protein and fat, and relatively less carbs (although it’s definitely not a low-carb Atkins kind of diet): carbs – 50%; fats – 30%; protein – 20%.
- Good fat does not make you fat! So go ahead and eat healthy oils such as coconut oil.
- The carbs you eat should be fiber-rich, such as fruits and veggies.
- Nix carbs that end in “ini” – such as fettuccini, linguini, rotini, etc. (and pasta in general).
- Ditch the all or nothing thinking – one mistake should not lead to a “well I blew it so let’s go crazy” kind of day.
- Maximize your macro-nutrients (the foods your body really needs).
- Time your eating intelligently (there’s a whole lot of really good stuff about timing eating around workouts).
Bottom Line on the Ride Your Way Lean Program
After a couple of weeks of following the program as much as I could, plus cutting right down on the less-than-good foods that I love ( frozen yoghurt, dark chocolate, and wine), I lost ten pounds and was feeling really motivated.
Yeager’s program works, but the exercise part of it is pretty intense, so if you’re no longer in the first flush of youth, approach with caution – ease into it, don’t dive in. The good news: a combination of the eating program, the exercises, and the cycling drills will certainly enable most people to get leaner, lighter, and stronger – and cycle faster than ever! Plus the cycling drills bring in some variety, causing you to push yourself a bit harder on your bike. So my advice would be, go ahead and buy Yeager’s Ride Your Way Lean: The Ultimate Plan for Burning Fat and Getting Fit on a Bike – you’ve got nothing to lose but your belly.
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Do you want to get fit with cycling?
If you seriously want to get fit with cycling, check out my Average Joe Cyclist’s Beginner Cyclist Training Plan: Phase 1.
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