Post # 1
I was just curious, has anybody lost any serious weight by walking? I’m pretty inactive, I work with kids so I’m movign a lot but none of it really requries me to be super active. I’d like to lose almost 60 pounds before the wedding next year. To start out with exercisnig, I figured walking would be decent. Is this a good way to start exercising? I was thinking maybe like walking for an hour or so every few days and then when I get comfortable with that I can start some running.
So share your stories!
Post # 2
I think anything that gets you moving is a good start! For the best and most long-lasting results, it’s important to aim for a combination of a healthy diet in addition to a variety of exercise types.
Start with walking. Then make small changes to your diet (identify where your biggest weaknesses are- fast food, soft drinks, not enough water, skipping meals, eating processed/packaged/frozen meals, etc) and work on one or two things at a time.
Once you get a good routine going with walking and reducing or eliminating soft drinks and fast food (if that’s an identified problem area) then start to add some variety to your workouts. Add in some calisthenics- stationary lunges for example. Maybe take a spin class, go for a swim, or start doing 30 second jogging bits in your walking. Lift weights. Change it up a bit to keep your body guessing and to prevent boredom!
Post # 3
I combined walking with diet for the last year and a half. I have lost almost 50 pounds so far. But I do serious walking, like 4-6 miles 3 times a week, interspursed with half hour walks when I get the time.
Post # 4
DaneLady: As a general rule you will burn about 100 calories per mile walked. A leisurely walk is about 2.5 mph, a speed walk is about 3.5. So an hour walk will burn 250-300 calories. It would take approximately 12 days of walking to burn 1 pound of fat. Obviously this is a positive start, but to make better progress you are going to want to get your diet tightened up as well. Check out the Beegest Loser thread, there are a bunch of posters in there currently losing weight who can help with diet ideas.
Post # 5
Yes you can lose weight by walking but waking alone won’t do it, you will also have to watch what you eat unless…… You do some serious miles on a weekly basis. When I was training for a full marathon, I lost alot of weight, but I was burning alot of calories.
I used to run but my knees won’t take it anymore so I actually nordic walk which burns the same amount of calories as running in the same amount of time because you are using your entire body to walk. NOw I must admit I look a little goofy walking with the sticks, but it works.
Post # 6
The other thing I am experiement with now is Carb Cycliing whch is much more manageable than a regular diet because you get a variety. So far I have doing it almost two weeks and I have dropped 9 pounds.. woo hoo
Post # 7
I think walking will definitely improve your health and is a great place to start getting fit! However, I think diet is likely to make the biggest impact in weight loss.
Post # 8
I know a blogger named Taralynn lost a bunch of weight through healthier eating and walking a few hours every day to get the initial 60 or so lbs off.
She has some pretty cool before/after photos, recipes, and workout tips on her blog if you’re interested. =)
I, myself, have had really good luck with weight watchers. I’ve lost 20 lbs in 2 months and I exercise hardly ever and don’t feel deprived. And I’m one of those people who falls off restrictive diets really easily. Weight watchers isn’t really restrictive at all. You can eat whatever as long as you count it. It helps you make better decisions and weigh pros and cons of what you are choosing to eat. You can get those french fries with lunch but that means loading up on the free veggies mostly for dinner. You pick and choose your battles with WW which I’ve liked. Losing weight is 80% diet, 20% exercise. Changing your diet will make a huge difference. =)
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2015 - Historic house and gardens
I lost 22kg (48.5 lb) just by walking, and being fairly careful with my food intake.
at the start I struggled to even walk to the end of the street, but about 6 months later i could do 10km or more (6-7 miles) no problem, about 4 – 5 times a week.
i didnt do any other exercise and i have kept the weght off.
Post # 10
This is a great topic! Walking has helped my lose weight more than once. I’m about 5′ 6″. I few years ago, I weighed in around 210 pounds. My issues were eating huge portions(6 slice of french toast for breakfast, smh) and not being active. My doctor was concerned so in addition to watching my portions, I started to walk daily. I started at 30 minutes then worked up to a brisk hour long walk. If it was warm, I’d do two 45 minute “sessions”. I started jogging but for some reason I did not see better results, so I went back to walking. Maybe a fitness bee knows why…..
After 7 months I had lost 37 pounds 🙂 A year later, I landed an awesome job that requires very long hours. I got a bit lazy and decreased the walking to 30 minutes 2x a week, if that. I was down to about 170 but at one point had been 160. Ugghhh…. I have an hourglass figure and feel that I will look best around 150 pounds. May not be ideal for some, but it’s how I want to look:-)
I really wanted to lose 20 pounds so I started walking again last month. It’s really hot here so 30 minutes in the morning in and early evening make me break a sweat. Also started tracking my calories with the Noom app and am down 4 pounds so far. I know there must be ways to lose weight faster, but walking is a lot of fun. Give it a try and if you’re not challenged enough, move on to running.
Post # 11
futuremrstx: as long as you eat right, you will DEFINITELY lose weight by walking! You don’t need to run or do anything of the sort.
I trecommend buying a fitbit, I have one, it tells you how many calories you’ve burnt based on how active you are that day. Seriously amazing weight-loss tool.
Post # 12
futuremrstx: Yes and no. Anything that gets your heart rate up will assist in losing weight. However, diet should be your primary focus to lose the actual weight, and the exercise for overall health and metabolism purposes. You can’t “out train” your diet. Your body also doesn’t get into actual fat burning mode until about 20 minutes into moderately intense exercise… “Moderatelt intense exercise” is different for everyone depending on fitness level, but think of exercise that you can talk as you do it, but the intensity is just high enough that you wouldn’t be able to carry on a conversation. Unless you are super out of shape or walking on an uphill incline, I doubt your heart rate will be get that high by simply walking. Not in the longterm anyway.
A better idea would be to walk for one minute, and run as fast as you can for one minute. Even take a two minute walking-rest in between, if you have to at first. Repeat for at least 20-30 minutes, minimum. Go faster each week until you are able to full on sprint -AND- decrease your rest times. This keeps your body guessing, as your heart rate goes up and down in intervals… Which promotes fat loss, and continues burning calories even hours after you have stopped exercising.
You will invest much less time each day, and see better results.
Post # 13
Weight loss is primarily down to diet. If you eat clean and keep your diet in check, then you can definitely lose the weight you desire. Being active, even by walking, is a great way to help your metabolism and keep your energy up, which of course aid in weight loss too.
Post # 14
- Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN
I work with kids too. I’m planning on doing the couch to marathon training. If I can remember correctly, it’s twelve weeks. You start out walking and you end up being able to run for 20-30 minutes straight, which may not be hard for some people. But for the inactive people, I can barely run 3 minutes without getting winded…
Post # 15
This whole weight loss thing is a work in progress. So far I’ve been pretty good about eating pretty healthy. I’ve cut all soda, sugary drinks and my creamer out of my coffee. I’m attempting to eat more veggies (Doing more steamed veggies for dinner, salads for lunch, and cut up veggies with hummus vs pita chips.) and I’m cooking more.
I just figured at least walking an hour or so a few times a week would ease me into working out. Once I’m able to walk at a moderate pace for at least half an hour, I’d like to start doing hte couch to 5k.
I’m just out of shape and don’t want to push myself too hard too fast.