Post # 1
Has anyone ever had any luck losing 5-10 pounds by just walking?? I HATE working out with a passion and I avoid it like the plague, so jogging/running is out of the question. I enjoy walking, though. To preface, I’m not overweight by any means (5ft 4in and 135 pounds – I feel best at 125), but would like to lose the weight I’ve put on post-wedding. I’ve already cut out a lot of greasy foods in my diet and have been focusing on more veggies and smaller portions for my meals. I’ve downloaded the My Fitness Pal app but find I get obsessive “counting calories.”
So, tips from any walking bees? How often/how far? Thanks!
Post # 3
We walk quite often after dinner for at least a half hour. We just adopted an adult dog too, so the walks have become a bit longer so we can exercise him while he’s a little stressed about being in a new place without his original human (who passed away). I’m seeing a difference in the way my clothes fit over the last month and have a net weight loss of 12lbs. I still don’t eat perfectly though, I give in to not-so-good stuff on the days I don’t feel like cooking or eating leftovers. Lunches are a snap but dinners, not so much.
Post # 4
Yep! I walk a couple of miles to work every day and it makes all the difference in keeping my weight under control. I tend to pack on the pounds when I’m not walking to work because I still like to eat the same.
Post # 5
I walk on the treadmill at the gym — but I put the incline all the way up to increase my burn. We also hike on the weekends or do a lot of walking around town.
Post # 6
I spent multiple months straight walking at least 2 miles every day and didn’t lose a single pound. So it wasn’t a very successful method for me.
Post # 7
Walking is something humans find easy, so they tend to be good at it. That means you don’t burn a lot of calories doing it (like 250-300 an hour). Can you lose weight doing it? Absolutely, my Future Sister-In-Law and my mom both lost a lot of weight with walking and dieting. But it took an hour a day, unlike my 20 minute run (which burned more calories). Walk/runs (think couch to 5k), riding your bike, swimming, and playing tennis are a lot better at burning calories.
Post # 8
I’m not a big fan of running either. I do love to walk. That’s pretty much all I do for cardio, or occasionally a bike. But mostly just walking. I find I successfully lose weight by just vigorous walking and calorie counting. I don’t lose as much weight if I don’t calorie count. But I get obsessive about it too. Also, I only have done it for an extended amount of time after I have had my babies to shed the weight. If I find I’m slightly tipping the scales just randomly, I will calorie count for a couple of weeks until I’m back to normal, then just try to maintain a healthy diet after that.
Post # 9
As long as you take in less than you burn you will lose weight! I have had success in the past slowly losing weight by adding more walking and eating a little less.
Post # 10
@doxielove: Probably, if you were previously inactive. If you switch from a tough workout to walking, probably not
Post # 11
yep. I lost 30 lbs doing nothing but Leslie Sansone’s walking workouts.
And I’ve done them all – the original P90X, The FIRM, Turbo Jam, etc.
Post # 12
@doxielove: I am right about your size (have fluctuated between 125 and 135 most of my adult life) I wiuldn’t lose weight from walking (I tend to use weights and plyometrics in my usual program) but it does help to maintain it once I am there. As a side note, I don’t lose weight from working out, I actually stop working out when I am dieting because working out spikes my appetite.
Post # 13
yes, I have lost weight by walking, but my routine included these factors:
- at the time I was walking about 3 – 5 miles a day
- I walk pretty fast (but not so fast I look like I am racewalking)
- a good portion of my usual route has steep hills
I know walking can provide other benefits too. I have high cholesterol (inhereted from my family) and walking for one year brought it down to normal. my blood pressure was super low too, similar to a runner’s.
in the past couple of years I have been walking less and my weight, Bridal Party, etc, have all begun to inch back up again.
Post # 14
For burning fat, exercises with longer durations are best. So, if you can walk for a long time versus only run or sprint for a short time, walking WILL help you lose weight. If you are only doing cardio for a very short time, you just use up your glycogen and creatine stores and never actually get to the fat burning. Another reason why it’s best to work out on an empty stomach first thing in the morning – your glycogen stores are almost non-existent at that point.
Post # 15
Yes, you can! Don’t listen to those above who tell you no. I was shocked, shocked I tell you, to see how well it worked. I’m also about your size. I’m 5’4″ and was in the low 130s, and wanted to get to the low 120s. I was eating pretty healthy, and started doing crazy workouts. I was doing a P90X/Insanity hybrid. And it did . . . nothing (I did get much stronger, but that wasn’t the goal). I gained 2 lbs, and didn’t take anything off my waist (I wanted to lose a whopping one inch). Low 120s was my normal weight, but I’d gained the 10 lbs over the past year of being lazy and drinking too much wine. I have run 8 marathons, but was burned out from running so I wanted to try something else that was intense, which is why I tried P90X/Insanity. I thought the 30’s metabolism shift had hit me. Then I started walking with a co-worker. We went every day at lunch. So an hour, 5x week. We went around 4 miles (8 laps of a small park, which has some small hills). The weight that I couldn’t lose came right off. I’m sure my diet also helped. I stopped eating carbs for a couple weeks, and just ate lean meats and veggies (and lots of it! plus nuts and yogurt). When I started eating some carbs, the weight kept going down, so long as I kept up the walking. The weather has been gross and we’ve had stuff going on at work, so we haven’t walked in over a week, and the scale shows the difference.
Post # 16
Can you lose weight walking? Sure, absolutely!
I also know that from wearing a HRM that I burn about the same amount walking the same DISTANCE as I do running/jogging. The difference is that jogging will take me less time to get there and thereby I will be active for a shorter period of time; the same distance requires more time walking = more time staying active. There’s also evidence to suggest that we humans benefit more from sustained moderate exercise, rather than bursts of vigorous exercise (which is why I’ve heard more than once that one of the best exercises is to garden for a few hours). The only thing that you might miss out on walking is cardiovascular training, or heart-training, because unless you speed-walk, your heartrate is probably not going to elevate that much. However, cardiovascular training is not necessary for burning calories.
Having said all that, with myself, I have found that weight loss happens moreso in the kitchen than it does in the gym, so while you can lose weight walking, you’ll probably find more success if you walk AND consume a healthy diet.