Lost the pounds along the way. It came off gradually (the only way it can work if you intend to keep it off) at about three pounds a month. Not really a change in diet, but a change in portion size. Portion control is my answer to weight loss (well, exercise is key, too). I'd eat most of what I've always ate, I'd just reduce the portion size by about a third. Substitute water for soda, fruit for candy bars, avoid booze, early to bed and early to rise. And plenty of riding....Wow. So you’ve recently done it. Were you cycling with the extra 45lbs or did you lose it when you started? Did you change your diet also?