The answer is going to delight you because it’s a “yes!”.
However, you can’t just ride your bicycle and expect to lose that worrying belly fat. You may have to do a few things differently. What “things” you may ask? Well, that’s what this article is all about.
Secret Is In High-Intensity
A lot of people may be cycling, but some are still not losing weight. What gives? Well, here is the secret…
It’s all about high-intensity cycling!
High-intensity cycling contributes to weight loss in a number of ways. To begin with, you will be able to shed off unwanted abdominal fat, including the belly fats. Also, during these exerting exercises, your body releases growth hormones.
These growth hormones also enhance fat burning and help in the maintenance of lean muscles. But that is not all, interval high-intensity training triggers the release of hormones which suppress feelings of appetite and hunger.
As such, incorporating high-intensity cycling is an effective way of curbing binge eating. Yet, it is advisable to limit intensity training to twice in a week.
Keeping It Cool and Comfortable
Reverting to a controlled and comfortable pace is essential in completing the gains achieved with the high-intensity rides. The idea behind this “reversal” lies in the fact that too much high-intensity training can leave you inflamed and reverse the effort for weight loss gains, causing belly fat accumulation.
As such, you should maximize most of your weekly rides in Zone 2 (the zone of comfortable pacing). Most fat oxidation takes place at this intensity. Other benefits of training at a lower intensity include the effective building of endurance muscle fibers and the slow-twitch.
As a result, you can gain the benefits of increased capillarity growth, improved efficiency of lactase-to-energy use, and attainment of an overall fat burning efficiency.
Don’t Forget The 80/20 Rule
The 80/20 rule, also referred to as polarizing training, aims at balancing your training intensity. Polarizing training technique states that 80% of the time should be spent cycling at low intensities while 20% is all about moderate to higher intensities.
The idea behind this principle is that when it is time to scale up the training intensity, you have sufficient energy reserves and enough endurance for maximum efforts. The combination of low-intensity and high-intensity training is essential in assisting the slow twitch fibers in recycling the lactase that fast-twitch fibers produce.
This effect produces more fat burning. Also, the 80/20 helps you in gaining more power.