Have decided to regain lost fitness while losing gained weight. Age 42 ht 6'4'' starting weight 280 frame-wide shoulder, muscular. Goals-225 pounds, fit to ride 100 mile bike rides over high mountain passes. Strategy---eat less, exercise more----brilliant right??? Started in end of May. Now at 255. Riding 1-2 hours on hilly CA terrain most days---burning 800-155 calories on rides. Restricting diet to 1800-2000 calories a day when not exercising, but always hope to be 1000 calories under daily calories burned. Gaines surprising muscle mass. 2 weeks did no riding while in Italy---this was diet and exercise challenge---but lost 2-4 pounds even while on vacation---swimming up to 2km and hiking up STEEP mountains for 60-90 minutes each day. Also I have used a FREE AP---my fitness pal----HUGE HUGE help. I eat ANY and EVERY thing---just watch the calories----am often hungry, often, would kill and eat your dog on some days....but so far no animals have been injured in the creation of this post or weight loss journey.