After Chris Legarreta started a new job at a dealership, he became a deskbound consultant from the active store manager.
"I commuted 70 miles a day and spent 9 hours behind a desk eating snacks from the vending machine," he says, taking in about a hundred pounds in a year and a half.
He did not realize how tall he'd become until the fall of 2017 when he met a friend on an Instagram photo.
" I was absolutely ashamed, "he says, having hit 305 pounds, and not only did his weight suffer – he had recently broken a relationship and his finances were a mess:" I looked around and realized I was completely abandoned In January 2018. With the miles from his way to work, Legarreta went in search of a new car to drive to, and then a co-worker suggested buying a bike instead Legarreta swayed at first, but then gave in and decided to ride along the train d bike ride the rest. On the way he developed into mountain biking.
What he discovered on the road:
Invest in your goals.
Legarreta first bought a cheap bike that was not weight-bearing When that bike broke, Legarreta bought another cheap one that also broke Finally, his friend convinced him to invest in a more expensive, more durable model – and after that, Legarreta was addictive.
a friendly competition.
Shortly after he started cycling, Legarreta volunteered for a weight-loss race at work – and finished second. In the past he had tried different diets. "I tried to go from zero to keto in a week. Every time I tried something, it did not work, "he says. This time, I began to play a more active role in taking care of my person. "I started to look at food like money. It was like budgeting. When playing football at night, I knew that I had to eat easier that day because I would eat like crap that night. If I knew that I had a riding trip ahead of me, this week was easier and I tried to drink more water as the weekend was definitely dehydrating. "When he saw that the weight was decreasing, he had more motivation left. Today he weighs 205 pounds.
Recruit a few workout buddies.
At weekends, Legarreta goes out with a local riding group. "The guys at work noticed that I drove to work every day. They always told me to come out with them, but I was embarrassed and did not think I could keep up, "he says. Only when a friend persuaded him to ride ("no judgment, just ride!"), He dared the jump. "I almost died and had to go up most hills," he says, but now he thanks. "After that I was addicted." He looked up at the Facebook pages and reddit groups. "When I start a hobby, I like to talk to like-minded people, so I'm always looking for forums or groups to join. That makes him hard to train. "I want to be able to keep up with tricky climbs with my friends and bombard the mountains with speed and agility."
Maria Masters is an experienced health journalist who has more than a decade of experience with physicians. Nutritionists and other experts for publications such as Prevention, Men's Health and Everyday Health.