The truth is you will lose weight walking but only if your diet is in order. The fact is, 80 percent or more of weight loss results is due to diet. Even when your exercise program is very intense, dieting is where the majority of weight loss results come from.
I once believed that exercise was the fastest way to lose weight, but I now know this is untrue. Here are 2 proven facts about diet and exercise.
- Exercise is for health and building or maintaining muscle.
- Diet is for health and weight loss.
By perceiving exercise as a way to gain health benefits and diet as the way to get weight loss results, you will lose weight more effectively. Picture diet as the cornerstone of losing weight and exercise as the way to "help" your diet.
This simple way of thinking will make a big difference in your ability to lose weight.
So How Does Walking Fit Into All Of This?
Walking is probably one of the most healthy physical activities that a person can do. It is easy to do and very enjoyable.
Here's what The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports said about walking:
- Walking reduces inflammation (preventing hardening of the arteries)
- Walking reduces hemostasis (sluggish blood flow)
Intense exercise does not reduce inflammation. Therefore, even if you exercise at an intense level, you need to add walking to your routine for maximum heath.
I used to discount walking as an activity necessary for people who were not fit enough for "real" exercise, but I was mistaken. Walking is actually necessary for optimum health, even for someone like me who trains 4-5 times per week.
Walking will make you lose weight but only if your diet is "well in tuned".