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March 3, 2011 6:49 AM
Hi guys. I hate workouts, I really do. I have a Wii and I even bought Fitness Games but I end up really tired and giving up on them. I don't know maybe I'm not pushing it that hard just yet but I love walking and so I was wondering if walking at least 4-6 miles per day would help me lose weight instead. Anyone here in the same boat as me?
  4840936
March 3, 2011 6:50 AM
QUOTE:

Hi guys. I hate workouts, I really do. I have a Wii and I even bought Fitness Games but I end up really tired and giving up on them. I don't know maybe I'm not pushing it that hard just yet but I love walking and so I was wondering if walking at least 4-6 miles per day would help me lose weight instead. Anyone here in the same boat as me?


Yes, walking will help lose weight. Over time, you may need to increase either your speed or your distance to continue losing though.
March 3, 2011 6:51 AM
I think it would, and as you get fitter you would be able to walk quicker. You may also find that as you get fitter from walking the other exercises won't seem so hard.

I'd love to have time to walk that far everyday x
  592192
March 3, 2011 6:51 AM
walking is awesome!!! there are some good "walk to lose" dvd's and cd's out there too.

good luck and enjoy your walks!
JoJo
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March 3, 2011 6:54 AM
yes, me and my friends starting of walking quite slowly for 2 hours, we now walk dead fast and jog a bit for an hour, do it about twice a week, I also walk to and from work so 90mins brisk walking 5 days a week ;-)
March 3, 2011 6:54 AM
I've been walking this past month and have lost 8 pounds. :)
  3746960
March 3, 2011 6:56 AM
Exercising won't MAKE you lose weight. All it's going to do is burn calories and improve you cardiovascularly. If you want to lose weight, you need to make a caloric deficit of some kind. If you walk enough to burn 300 calories, and then eat 300 calories back after your walk, you aren't going to see much in the way of weight loss.

Dieting is enough to lose weight.
March 3, 2011 6:57 AM
Definitely! On the days I don't gym, I walk. I power walk pushing my daughter in her pram uphill till I am literally sweating. I power walk with pram to get my shopping and pack it all in a rucksack on my back. I power walk with ankle weights on or weights in a backpack. Everything is a workout and there are sooooo many ways for you to increase your calorie burn with walking. I think just so long as you are sweating or out of breath then you are doing something right.
  3892091
March 3, 2011 6:58 AM
I've been walking for a month and lost 15 as you can see :)
I've also increase my time/distance/speed every day... do this and you should see results. I've lost inches and weight.
Edited by eliz_in_pink On March 3, 2011 6:59 AM
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March 3, 2011 6:58 AM
QUOTE:

Exercising won't MAKE you lose weight. All it's going to do is burn calories and improve you cardiovascularly. If you want to lose weight, you need to make a caloric deficit of some kind. If you walk enough to burn 300 calories, and then eat 300 calories back after your walk, you aren't going to see much in the way of weight loss.

Dieting is enough to lose weight.


This isn't entirely true... MFP works out your calorie intake with a deficit so that if you exercise you should be eating back those exercise calories to keep yourself at the minimum calorie intake MFP has set for you.
  3892091
March 3, 2011 6:59 AM
Walking is a fantastic cardiovascular work out. Aim for at least an hour 3-5 days a week, and try to go as fast as you can. You shouldn't be able to carry on a conversation (just like if you were working out at the gym) and should sweat, be out of breath, etc. Remember to stretch after wards. You will probably want to increase distance or even add ankle weights or walking poles to add a challenge once you have been doing it for a while. Also, good shoes are a must or you will end up with shin splints, etc.
  2742205
March 3, 2011 6:59 AM
YES! Just don't over do it. Because if you do, you will be discouraged and not keep it up. That is what my husband does. He busts his butt, ends up sore and in pain so he doesn't continue.

I started walking on my treadmill on 12/8 for 30 minutes at a very slow pace, no incline, and was burning around 200 calories. I now walk quickly on the treadmill for 40 minutes, with lots of incline, and burn over 400 calories. I have gradually increased the speed and incline to get to this point.

It is now 3/3 and with watching my calorie intake and trying to eat healthier and I have lost 24 lbs! I still have a way to go, but it is a lifestyle change NOT a diet.

Slow and steady wins the race!
  3136286
March 3, 2011 7:00 AM
Yes, My wife lost over 40 lbs, and did just about what you are talking about. Fitness games, and walking.

It's all about the nutrition...or as someone else said, a calorie deficit regardless of how you get there. (within reason)
March 3, 2011 7:00 AM
QUOTE:

Walking is a fantastic cardiovascular work out. Aim for at least an hour 3-5 days a week, and try to go as fast as you can. You shouldn't be able to carry on a conversation (just like if you were working out at the gym) and should sweat, be out of breath, etc. Remember to stretch after wards. You will probably want to increase distance or even add ankle weights or walking poles to add a challenge once you have been doing it for a while. Also, good shoes are a must or you will end up with shin splints, etc.


Great advice!
  3892091
March 3, 2011 7:00 AM
Most of the weight I lost was through walking alone. I joined the gym mainly to tone up.
  3108886
March 3, 2011 7:01 AM
Hi,
Walking is good, if you keep up a good pace- 3.5 MPH or higher for a good caloric burn.

I see some others have recommended walk to lose DVDs- look for Leslie Sansone DVDs, they are based on walking but add other simple steps like kicks and knee raises to intensify and use more muscles than simple walking. They are easy for everyone, some women I work with and I do them at the office sometimes- and we are not all gym rats.

Good Luck!
March 3, 2011 7:01 AM
Also if you walk on an incline that can increase the difficulty and calories burned.
  1504135
March 3, 2011 7:21 AM
You can lose weight by only walking but you will lose weight faster if you include strength training. Muscle burns calories even when you are sitting still.
Edited by cjnorman On March 3, 2011 7:22 AM
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March 3, 2011 7:31 AM
YES.....I've walked off (and kept off) 60 pounds for almost four years. My weight-loss journey began almost five years ago, and it was after buying a treadmill that the pounds really began coming off. I had to "force" myself to use it initially, and I walk outside as often as I can. But during the winter, it's still the treadmill that keeps the pounds off.

When asked by a friend I hadn't see for quite some time what I had done to lose weight, I told him what I had done dietwise, and then said, and "I walked my a$$ off." He turned me around, started laughing, and whispered in my ear...."Literally." laugh
  3894993
March 3, 2011 8:10 AM
I don't agree with walking until you can't hold a conversation, are out of breath and sweating. That's definitely not going to make you want to exercise more. If you're aiming for an hour, walk 30 minutes twice a day instead of all at once. I power walk 15 minutes in the morning and move around the house when doing house work and that has been enough for me.

Working out in slow increments multiple times throughout the day is better than doing one big tiring work out once a day.
  3746960
March 3, 2011 8:15 AM
Yes. 80% of weight loss is what you are eating. I had gotten the skinniest I had ever been in my life, a size 25 sometimes even buying a 24 which on my 5'9 frame is tiny...all by not excercising at all. Other then playing with my kids and constant cleaning. It was the first time that I ever went w/o working out.
My goal is to get into my 26 size clothes but I am back to excercising, its more of a *me* time thing. A chance to clear my mind, think things on my mind through. Walking and running are great for that!happy
March 3, 2011 8:17 AM
My mother in law dropped 60 pounds through walking and reducing her calories.
  4901482
March 3, 2011 8:22 AM
Walking is great exercise!

With walking, my legs and bum are more toned, I can feel my fitness level increasing and it's great to get out in the air for a while every day!

I've lost 45lbs, and my daily exercise consists of walking uphill, downhill, upstairs, downstairs and at varying paces...
  563938
March 3, 2011 8:48 AM
Thanks for all your replies guys! I'm glad to have known what you think of walking and now I'm motivated as ever! I currently weigh around 207 lb and I do lift light weights daily. Hopefully when I get down to 180 or 175 I can try workouts again and not give up on them. :)
  4840936
March 3, 2011 9:25 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Exercising won't MAKE you lose weight. All it's going to do is burn calories and improve you cardiovascularly. If you want to lose weight, you need to make a caloric deficit of some kind. If you walk enough to burn 300 calories, and then eat 300 calories back after your walk, you aren't going to see much in the way of weight loss.

Dieting is enough to lose weight.


This isn't entirely true... MFP works out your calorie intake with a deficit so that if you exercise you should be eating back those exercise calories to keep yourself at the minimum calorie intake MFP has set for you.


It's true. The post is "Is walking enough to lose weight?". It's not. MFP can set up a diet plan for you, and you can follow it, but then you'd be "dieting", no? She never mentioned using MFP to control her caloric intake at all.

In addition, while walking does burn calories, it is hardly the most efficient way. If she is walking 6 miles at 3mph, that's 2 hours of work for ~477 calories for a 150lb person, possibly less. If she goes home and rewards herself for her walk with a coke and a snickers bar, she's just negated any deficit she created with her workout.

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