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Does Walking Really Help You Lose Weight?

Does Walking Really Help You Lose Weight?

Many people have a difficult time with the idea that something as simple as walking can help them lose weight.

After all, we’ve been taught for decades that losing weight has to be sweaty, painful, and really hard.

I’m a huge fan of KISS.

Keep it Simple Silly!

Why make losing weight and getting in shape harder than it needs to be?

A walking for weight loss program is simple AND it’s also effective!

The Calorie Connection

It all comes down to one simple fact.

A pound is 3500 calories. Burn more than you consume and you’ll lose weight.

To be honest, you can sit on the couch and lose weight if you’re burning more than you eat.

Of course I don’t recommend this!

Exercise provides many health benefits beyond losing weight.

Walking boosts your metabolism and helps optimize the chemical balances in your body.

But back to the calorie connection!

Walking burns between 400 and 600 calories per hour.

The amount of calories you burn depends on

  • how far you walk,

  • how fast you walk and

  • how much you weigh.

The more you weigh, the more effort it takes your body to take a step and therefore you burn more calories.

Walking and Then Some…

When you begin walking for weight loss you’re going to notice something wonderful.

You’re going to have more energy. This extra or newfound energy results in you actually moving your body more.

You’ll begin to park further away from the grocery store.

You’ll begin walking further and faster simply because you can.

A basic walking for weight loss program turns into a very substantial lifestyle change and that results in lasting weight loss.

The Perks

In addition to burning calories when you walk, walking also provides many other side benefits.

For example, you’ll probably begin to sleep better. Scientists have found that sleep has a very direct impact on your body’s hormone levels. These hormones, like leptin and ghrelin, regulate your appetite. When you get a good night’s sleep your hormones are more in balance and you don’t feel those crazy cravings that sabotage your weight loss efforts.

If you walk outside you’re also getting sunshine and fresh air. Sunshine helps your body produce vitamin D. In fact, doctors recommend taking a vitamin D supplement or getting 20-30 minutes of sunshine daily. Vitamin D boosts your immune system and helps you feel more energetic.

When you feel strong, healthy and energetic you make better food choices.

You also have more motivation to move your body.

Getting Started

There’s no doubt that walking helps you lose weight. It helped me lose over 70 pounds!

Doctors and fitness experts have created a basic number to help anyone start a walking for weight loss program.

The goal to shoot for is 10,000 steps. That’s approximately five miles of walking each day.

If it sounds like a lot to start with, start by walking 5,000 steps and work your way up.

I know you can do it! Walking really works!

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