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Can you lose weight from a daily walk and no other activity?

Asked by Aster (18860points) January 27th, 2011

And I mean just a stroll; not a fast walk. Is it effective?

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marinelife's avatar

If you walk for at least half an hour, you will burn significant calories, and you will lose weight.

sinscriven's avatar

If (Calories burned) > (Calories consumed), then yes.

jessifer1212's avatar

Absolutely. You just need to balance your walking and eating, like @sinscriven said. For every 3500 calories that you burn, you will lose one pound.

cockswain's avatar

Barely. That’s not a lot of exercise, so you’d need to reduce your caloric intake a lot to see any sort of encouraging results.

Austinlad's avatar

Absolutely… if you’re also reducing your caloric intake. Worked for me.

crisw's avatar

According to this calculator, walking ½ hour at a slow pace burns about 85 calories. That isn’t a lot- it’s the number of calories in one banana, or one and a half apples.

crisw's avatar

Another way to look at it- if your daily calorie deficit is 85 calories, and it takes burning 3500 calories to lose one pound, it will take you 42 days to lose one pound.

cockswain's avatar

If weight loss is your goal, I recommend doing some light weight training. Muscle burns more calories than fat.

YoBob's avatar

Sorry, exercise is only one part of the picture. The only way to loose weight is if the calories you consume are less than the calories you burn.

Because our bodies are pretty darned efficient, it takes a heck of a lot of walking and/or other exercise to make up for excess calories consumed. Let’s take an example:

Say you walk for 45 minutes at a pretty darned good clip. You are only going to burn around 300 calories. Now, compare that to the nutritional information on that bag of whatever snack food is in your hand…..

Pretty startling isn’t it!

For me, I’ll gladly forgo that bag of “cheezy poofs” to not have to abuse myself for an extra hour at the gym!

Cupcake's avatar

How long is the walk? It doesn’t sound particulary vigorous, so the length would matter.

It depends on your current “relationship” with weight. Are you naturally gaining over time? Losing? Have you been the same weight for years? If you’re naturally losing or stable weight, then any physical exertion addition to your routine would cause you to lose more weight. If you are gaining weight over time, then you would either continue to gain weight, stay the same, or start to lose… depening on (as others have said) the total excess calories consumed per day vs. the calories burned by your daily stroll.

P.S. Low impact exercise is good for you… do it anyway.

sarahjane90's avatar

I walk about 30 min each direction, around 5 days a week. If I eat significantly healthy for that week, I can easily maintain a good weight, and with extra diligence could certainly lose more. It does work, so long as you don’t eat excessively all day!

YoBob's avatar

@sarahjane90 Sure it works as long as you don’t eat excessively. However, it is important to note that cutting two slices of bread from your intake will produce similar results on the calorie balance sheet as the walk you describe.

mrlaconic's avatar

A few years ago I dropped 30 pounds by changing my diet and walking 10 – 12 miles a day (spread over the course of the day)... of course I stopped and put it all back on… but I know it works cause I did it

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