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Can you lose weight with an e-bike?

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

However, growing awareness of the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle has persuaded more people to adopt a more active lifestyle, e.g. B. an exercise program or routine to stay fit and healthy.

One of the best exercises is cycling. This is a low-impact exercise that doesn’t stress the joints and muscles. Biking outdoors is a great cardiovascular workout that burns calories and lowers cholesterol, helping prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases. Cycling is also a good exercise to relieve stress.

However, there are also those who would like to ride a bike but cannot face the hard and tiring journey. Others are reluctant to climb hills or go on long hikes for fear of tiring and not having the strength to start again. In these cases, the electric bike is highly recommended.

Most people think of an electric bike as a training trick because there is a motor that powers the bike. It’s also widely accepted that riding an electric bike doesn’t make you lose weight. In other words: an e-bike is not an exercise bike.

Contrary to popular belief, e-bikes can be just as effective in helping a cyclist burn calories 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 the average cyclist is unlikely to use a regular bike as much as an e-bike.

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

Let the engine 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 way to go because then you’ll have a low cadence and good speed without your heart and lungs working at the right rate. It will take time to understand how your e-bike behaves, but the goal is to use the motor as little as possible and only when necessary. This also saves battery power and allows you to go on longer journeys.

How many calories do you burn on an e-bike?

In the end, the crucial question remains: how many calories do you burn on an e-bike? Although it is impossible to give an exact and definite answer as it depends on the pedaling rhythm, the weight of the bike, the weight of the cyclist, his age and physical condition, the temperature and many other aspects. A Dutch study provides a rough one Estimation both in terms of kilometers traveled and pedaling time:

Kcal burned in one hour 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

Calorie consumption on the e-bike depending on the level of assistance
Low support level: 250 kcal per 10 kilometers
Average support: 200 kcal per 10 kilometers
High support: 150 kcal per 10 kilometers.

* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.

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