March 27th, 2007, 12:37 AM
Walking 4 hours a day ---
Will this help me lose weight faster? Let's say I do it 5 times a week? at a moderate to fast pace?
March 27th, 2007, 12:40 AM
what's your diet look like?
what is your current weight and height?
March 27th, 2007, 12:47 AM
My current weight is 170, height is 5'5
I used to weigh around 135lbs and in less than a year I gained a lot of weight. I have no idea why. I thought I could lose the weight with simple exercise (about a half an hour every other day) but instead of losing weight, I've been gaining more!
My diet changes but I don't have good eating habits, that for sure. I've been trying more lately. I eat 3 regular meals and have a few snacks in between. I've been staying off the sugars now for about a week but have one candy bar once a week.
I also wanted to ask: What is better? Running and walking for 4 hour or using some equipment like an eliptical machine for 4 hours?
March 27th, 2007, 01:07 AM
Four hours seems like an awful lot- Your diet needs to improve for you to lose - You can excercise and burn 500 calories but if your eating 4000 your still going to gain weight . Running and eliptical normally burn more calories then walking alone if you can swing it. I try to stick to a 1600-1800 calorie diet a day ( not junk calories but lots of fruit , lean red meat, veggies ,fiber protein etc ) and do cardio anywhere from 30-45 minutes 5 x's a week with 2-3 25min strength training sessions a week. I'm sure the experts can crunch you some numbers but what your eating is probably whats killing your efforts.
And don't think rice cakes and dry chicken you'd be suprised how much yummy stuff is low fat low calorie and delicous.
March 27th, 2007, 06:46 PM
If you really have no idea why you've gained 35 lbs in a year, I'd check in with your doctor first. Just to see if there's anything else going on, with your blood sugars, your hormones, whatever. If they don't see anything that would cause this other than lack of exercise/eating too much, then you should start a diet & exercise plan. It just seems like this is very unusual for you so, an appt. with your doctor could eliminate any other reason that wouldn't be addressed if you just started dieting & exercising.
March 27th, 2007, 07:42 PM
With my personal experience, it was my eating and lack of exercise that made me gain my weight. I tried just exercising and not changing my eating and it didn't work. Like someone else said if you burn 500 cal's but you're eating 4000.... you're still going to gain weight. So when I got serious about wanting to lose weight I changed my eating and it worked right away, and I lost a bunch of weight. I just recently added the exercise back and I continue to lose weight. So all in all, eating habits are so important and if you really want to lose the weight, eating healthy and proper portions along with exercise would be the way to go!
PS - I do 30-60 min of cardio (depending on how much time I have before work) and then 3 days a week I do strength training. And that's been working for me so far.
March 27th, 2007, 08:18 PM
I actually have appointment for Thursday, so we'll see. The thing is that although I don't eat too healthy, my eating habits haven't really changed in the past year. In other words, I've been eating similar foods all my life and this is the only year that I gained weight. Exercise wise, I was exercising quite a bit, and then stopped. However, before I started my past exercise routine, I never exercised all that much, and I didn't gain weight.
Originally Posted by patsfan
I will definitely be careful with what I eat. I've been eating more salads. I wanted to exercise a lot just to lose the weight faster. I was hessitant to do so, however, because I remember reading somewhere that exercising too much could have a reverse affect. I dont remember what was said exactly, which is why I was asking here.
Right. I don't quite know how to keep track of what I eat, calorie-wise. I have noticed that I've been "binge" eating during the nights. Does anyone know why this happens and how someone can stop that?
With my personal experience, it was my eating and lack of exercise that made me gain my weight. I tried just exercising and not changing my eating and it didn't work. Like someone else said if you burn 500 cal's but you're eating 4000.... you're still going to gain weight.
Thanks for your comments thus far... :-)
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March 28th, 2007, 06:43 AM
It is hard to keep track of what you eat however, when I was searching through random posts on this website, someone had posted a website where you can keep track of your calories. So I went to it and tried it out and it makes it so much easier to keep track of calories. You would basically go and search the foods you eat, and if you can't find a certain item, you can add your own custom food! The website is:
FitDay - Free Weight Loss and Diet Journal
Not only can you keep track of your calories, but you can keep track of your exercises, weight, weight goals, etc. I find it very helpful and it really opens your eyes about your food habits.
I personally eat more at night myself. I have heard that if you don't eat enough during the day then you're more likely to binge at night (because you're that much hungrier). I think that's a very good reason why some people might binge more at night. For me, I like the types of foods you eat at supper and for me it's all about taste. So I can eat a lot of something just because it tastes good, even if I'm not hungry at all! So what I try to do is eat a proper portion and if there's more left over, not eat that and save it for lunch the next day. That way I can enjoy it twice!
Hopefully some of that may help you!
March 28th, 2007, 08:27 AM
Four hours is ridiculously unnecessary. Get a pair of roller blades and go balls out for a half an hour. Garuntee you'll get a better workout then any four hour walk. Really, walking isn't excerise. Jog, run, roller blade, ride a bike. Walking is pretty worthless, unless you never excerise, I guess its a good place to start..
March 28th, 2007, 08:34 AM
This is a gross over generalized opinion.
Originally Posted by that one guy
Walking is very good on many levels.
Not everyone has the balance for roller blades. The ability or knees to run or own a bike.
Walking we all can do - at almost any stage in a weight loss journey.
As you get more fit, you can increase your time, your distance, you can add intervals of running and walking.
You don't start out running a marathon.
That said - weightloss is more an issue of nutrition. Keeping track of calories is a huge start.
March 28th, 2007, 09:32 AM
Wow..... What a bad thing to say that one guy...
To tell anyone that a proven successful exercise such as walking is worthless is similar to telling an obese person they should only eat 3 celery sticks a day. Whereas as it is true you burn more calories running in the same time you walk, a lot of us here are not yet fit enough, and running simply isnt an option. But calling it worthless devalues it entirely. I am speaking from very personal experience here. When I was at my heaviest 3 months ago, had I considered walking to be worthless and jumped right into running I would have hurt myself and become so dissapointed and discouraged, I would have stopped all together, like many many times before. Instead I was smart and started walking. At first I could only walk for 15-20 minutes a day before my body was wracked with pains I was unaccustomed to. Then slowly they became easier, so I went 30 minutes. Then as that got easier I started power walking, and so on, to the point now I am power walking 10km a day. And in those 3 months of slowly working myself up to running (which I just started) I lost more than 30 pounds!! Hardly worthless!
Originally Posted by that one guy
If you google walking vs. running you will find literally TONS of information out there. Now you are right in that running does burn more calories faster, but the person has to be strong enough to do so without injuring themselves. Walking is an exercise almost any person in the world can do, at any age and any fitness level. It is probably the most important activity any person just starting a fitness level can do to prepare themselves.
Would you reccomend a person who has not weight trained before that if they are not bench pressing 200 pounds it isnt worth it? Everyone needs to start somewhere. Walking is simply a fantastic exercise no matter how you look at. Everyone learns to walk before they can run, the same holds true in any exercise. Power to you if you can run and burn more calories faster than me, but I am still burning calories too, nothing worthless about it.
Sorry if I seem like I am preaching, but this is a sensitive subject to me. When people come on here offering what I consider to be poor advice I see the possible damage it could cause, and it bothers me a lot. If someone actually believed you and thought to themselves "Walking is worthless" but was not yet able to run, they could very well injure themselves and set themselves so far back that they might never try again.
I hope you can see how this kind of advice could be more damaging than helpful. If a person simply cannot yet do something, telling them to adopt a "all or nothing" attitude is harmful and dangerous on many different levels. Some of the folks here really do have no idea how to begin this journey and we need to encourage them in every way possible. Telling them their efforts are worthless is the worst thing you could possibly do.
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