If you’re like many people, you’ve followed more than one weight loss plan over the years. While they all differ a bit in structure, almost every plan has one thing in common: They encourage you to consume fewer calories from food sources, and to expend more energy through exercise. This creates a calorie deficit, which prompts your body to burn through fat stores to make up the difference.
Most of us know that we need to learn about nutrition and appropriate serving sizes in order to manage our calorie consumption. But exercise can pose a challenge for many. Some don’t want to join a gym, some feel they don’t have time to exercise, and many simply do not enjoy it very much.
But luckily, all you really need to do is get moving in order to burn more calories. There’s no particular class you must take at the gym, and no specific set of moves you must put yourself through in order to lose weight. The simplest form of exercise is also the easiest, it’s something you do every day anyway, and it can be highly effective. Yes, we’re talking about walking.
How much of a calorie deficit can you create by using walking as your primary form of exercise? Consider that a 155-pound person who walks at a pace of 3.5 mph can burn about 149 calories in 30-minutes. But if that same person increases their speed to 4 mph, they can burn 167 calories. Those who weigh more will burn even more calories, because more effort is required to move a larger body. And if you add a few hills to your route, you can really maximize your calorie burn and weight loss plan results.
Walking also helps you to protect your cardiovascular health, and reduces your risk of stroke in the future. Walking, especially outdoors in the sunlight, also boosts mood and energy levels.
Walking can definitely serve as your primary mode of exercise as you pursue a weight loss plan. But for more information on nutrition, serving sizes, and calories, please call our office to schedule a consultation.