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Can I Lose Weight Just Walking?

the answer is yes yes yes. Here are some thoughts:


Sat. Feb 5, 9:07am

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nothing else but walking... and marathon training observation

My husband is 41 years old, 6' 2" and prior to moving to Europe, he weighed 210 pounds. We've been here about 6 months now, and his weight has settled at 185 pounds. If anything, he eats a bit more cheese and has a bit more to drink here... but he walks EVERYWHERE! The weight just fell off! I'm so jealous!

Back in 2007 when I first joined PEERtrainer, I was around 220 pounds (I'm 5' 6" and I was in my late 30s at the time) I could not run nor do "serious" cardio back then. I started out walking on the treadmill. Of course, I have changed my diet significantly, and I try to maintain a fitness schedule... but just moving at a moderate heart rate is FANTASTIC for health and weight loss. I am now in the 140s.

I am currently training for several half marathons and a full later this year.

That said, high intensity can be fun... it has it's time and place. however, everyone I know has said that it is tremendously difficult to lose weight while training for a marathon. I can't help but wonder if it has something to do with the high intensity (sugar burn state). You can burn 1,000 to 2,000+ calories easy on a long run... but then you are ravenous and want to eat everything in sight later that day! I wonder if you train at a lower intensity level (SLOW BURN) over a longer duration of time, if perhaps you will not be as ravenous... because then you are relying on your fat storage as fuel as opposed to sugar (glucose in the muscles from the pasta dinner the night before, GU, Gatorade, Cliff Shot Blocks, Jelly Beans, etc.)

I will conduct some experiments over the next few months and report back my findings...

Saturday, February 05, 2011, 12:20 PM

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Wow. You've lost 80 pounds. Your husband has lost 25 pounds. You are inspiring me....

Saturday, February 05, 2011, 1:57 PM

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awesome, can wait to hear them!

Saturday, February 05, 2011, 3:55 PM

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Sunday, February 06, 2011, 11:52 AM

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You can definitely lose weight walking, but you have to do a lot of it, and you really have to watch your food intake. A couple years ago I got into some obsession and HAD to walk our woods every day -- I usually just walked back and forth along some paths, for an hour a day but some days I did up to 2 hours, until I was really, really tired and could feel it. I walked briskly, and I just daydreamed and listened to ipod - and just really concentrated on my body and the beautiful surroundings. I ended up losing 15 lbs. without really even trying -- and 15 lbs. showed a lot on me, I only had 25-30 to lose overall at that time.

Sunday, February 06, 2011, 5:39 PM

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