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Does a Stationary Bike Help You Lose Weight?

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Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.
Does a Stationary Bike Help You Lose Weight?
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Although it can be easy to get immersed in the TV program you're watching or the magazine you're reading as you pedal your stationary bike, this exercise doesn't just provide the opportunity to catch up on the latest world affairs. As you ride the bike, your body is burning enough calories to help you lose weight, provided you make the exercise part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

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In order to lose weight, it's necessary to keep your body in a caloric deficit, which you can accomplish by cutting down on your caloric intake and exercising frequently to burn calories. Provided you're eating healthfully, pedaling a stationary bike several times per week can help you burn enough calories to shed some weight. This activity's calorie burn is high, especially if you pedal at a quick pace. A person who weighs 190 pounds burns 604 calories in an hour of pedaling at a medium effort and 906 calories in an hour of pedaling at a vigorous effort, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services.

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