In his senior year of high school in small-town Texas, Mitchell Sides weighed 250 pounds (113kg). Today he is racing as a professional on Elevate Cycling, weighing just over 160 pounds. His main advice for losing weight by riding bikes? Consistency.
With a physiology degree from the University of Texas, Sides is also coaching for Source Endurance, helping other riders improve on the bike.
For Sides, losing weight wasn’t the motivator to get on the bike in the first place. He got into cycling after watching his older brother ride in 2011, and decided it looked like fun.
“I never really noticed that I was big until after the fact,” Sides said. “I never noticed I was very overweight until I wasn’t anymore. We did a 10-mile ride [16km] and I was just done, exhausted. But I kept going, doing other rides. Now we do 100-mile rides pretty much all the time.”
Here are Mitchell’s three tips for losing weight by riding. (Pro contract not guaranteed.)
Tip #1: Be consistent
“Consistency is the number one thing,” Sides said. “I didn’t really change much as far as eating for a while. I was just riding more and more, and kept chugging along.”
Tip #2: Pay attention
Tip #3: Don’t obsess
Sides’ favorite foods
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