By Scott Stoll
What's the catch, you ask? The catch is riding a fully loaded (40-80
pounds) touring bicycle 35-100 miles a day across the country or,
in my case, around the world. I consumed an average of 6,500 calories
a day, three times the recommended daily allowance, on my trip across
the USA and, I lost 40 pounds in the first 2 months. In fact, I
couldn't eat enough short of a buffet. At one restaurant with a
scale I ate 7 pounds of food and I was saving room for beer at the
These kind of eating habits for the adventurer are common. For
instance, hikers on the Appalachian Trail may eat whole sticks of
butter or bricks of cheese in one sitting and adventurers in extreme
climates, like the Arctic or Mt. Everest, may carry whole buckets
of butter. And, in between escapades, what can be more fun than
eating like a bear bulking up for the winter months.
What I propose is really more of an exercise program than a diet.
I don't believe in diets. They have never worked for me. However,
exercise until you're exhausted and I guarantee you will lose fat,
gain muscle, speed up your metabolism, and eat like a king.