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Can you lose weight with an electric bike?

With all the gadgets, machines, tools and equipment that science and technology have brought to mankind, making their job easier. This sedentary lifestyle is accompanied by health problems, the most concerning of which is obesity and its complications such as hypertension and diabetes.

However, growing awareness of the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle has convinced more people to adopt a more active lifestyle, such as an exercise program or routine to stay fit and healthy.

One of the best exercises is cycling. This is a low impact exercise that does not strain the joints and muscles. Outdoor cycling is a great cardiovascular workout that burns calories and lowers cholesterol, helping to prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses. Cycling is also a good exercise to release stress.

However, there are those who would like to ride a bike but cannot make the hard and tiring journey. Others don’t have the confidence to climb hills or go on long hikes because they fear they will tire easily and not have the strength to start again. In these cases, the electric bike is highly recommended.

Most people think of an electric bike as a trick for exercising because there is a motor to power the bike. Also, it is commonly accepted that you do not lose weight while riding an electric bike. In other words, an e-bike is not an exercise machine.

Contrary to popular belief, e-bikes can help a cyclist lose calories just as effectively as a conventional bicycle. While it’s true that an hour on a regular bike burns more calories than an hour on an e-bike, the reality is that an average cyclist probably won’t use a regular bike as often as an e-bike.

Since the electric bike is easier to use than the conventional bike, it can be used frequently as a form of aerobic exercise as well as a serious form of transportation. The key to burning calories is to keep pedaling, as the rider has to pedal the bike to get the motor running. When using it as a means of transport to work or to the supermarket, the cyclist can turn off the motor and pedal instead. The more you use the bike and pedal, the more calories you burn.

Run the engine at idle

We’ve all experienced the excitement of our first ride on a pedal bike: you hit the turbo and the bike literally flies away. But if your goal is to burn fat stores, that’s the wrong thing to do, because then you’ll have low pedaling rate and good speed without getting your heart and lungs working at the right rate. It will take you some time to understand how your e-bike behaves, but the goal is to use the motor as little as possible and only when needed. This way you also preserve the battery and you can take longer trips.

How many calories do you burn on an electric bike?

In the end, the crucial question remains: how many calories do you burn on an electric bike? Although it is impossible to give a precise and unequivocal answer, since it depends on the rhythm of pedaling, the weight of the bicycle, the weight of the cyclist, his age and physical-athletic condition, the temperature and many d Other aspects, this Dutch study provides a rough estimate both in terms of kilometers traveled and pedaling time:

Kcal burned in one hour of electric bike
60 kg body weight: 210 kcal
Body weight 70 kg: 250 kcal
Body weight 80 kg: 280 kcal
Body weight 90 kg: 310 kcal

Calories burned on the e-bike according to the level of assistance
Low level of assistance: 250 kcal per 10 kilometers
Average level of assistance: 200 kcal per 10 kilometers
High level of assistance: 150 kcal per 10 kilometres.

* Presse Santé strives to transmit health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE, the information given can not replace the advice of a health professional.

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