I just got the latest IMBA newsletter, and guess what! Americans are fat! According to the CDC, 65% of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. Statistically speaking, PMBC is an accurate sample of the population. Another figure (pardon the pun) they throw around is that obesity costs our nation $117 billion annually in medical costs, loss of productivity, and bike purchases by people who think it’s the bike that’s too heavy.
The good news is that mountain biking burns 500 calories per hour. That’s almost the equivalent of a Quarter Pounder with Cheese. Go for another hour and you can burn off the large fries you ate. Theoretically, you don’t have to burn off that Diet Coke’s zero calories.
The bad news is if you’re fat and just burning off the calories you just ate, you’re not going to get skinny. Try eating less and biking more. Do as we say, not as we do, and be like the other 35% of U.S. adults. IMBA knows this is difficult. That’s why they still sell their jerseys and t-shirts in sizes up to XL. Glad to see they draw the line at XXL, though.