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Swapping clothes shows how hard it is for the fat person to fit into the thin persons, while the thin person is showing how much extra weight that obese person is actually carrying.Back to back, the skinny and obese lady are so obviously different to look at.
Lady, lovely proportions, not overweight, not underweight, eating a healthy apple.

Walk Off the Weight

Exercise combined with a few changes in your diet can melt off the pounds in no time.  But if you think exercise means hours sweating in the gym, think again.  As with any new exercise program check with your doctor before proceeding.

Brisk Walking helps reduce your weight

Studies have shown that walking at a brisk pace has the same benefits to your heart as jogging, with less stress to your joints.   Walkers are less prone to injuries than joggers.  A brisk pace means that you can talk while you’re walking without gasping for air.  If you can sing a tune you’re going too slow.  You should be able to keep up the pace for 30 to 60 minutes without a lot of stress.

Couple briskly walking the dog gets exercise and weight loss

Work out how much walking you are going to do to reduce your weight

If your goal is to lose a pound a week you have to either increase your exercise to burn up 3500 calories or decrease your food intake by 3500 calories. On a daily basis that means a change of 500 calories.  Walking a mile takes the average person 15 minutes and burns up 100 calories.  So you’d have to walk about five miles a day, or spend an hour and fifteen minutes in daily walking to lose a pound a week.

Brisk walking for weight reduction doesn't require expensive stuff

You don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to start walking.   A good pair of walking shoes is essential, but other than you don’t need much of anything else.  Wear loose clothing of natural fibers, so if you sweat, the moisture will be wicked away from your body and evaporate.  Wear sun block and a hat.

Do your brisk walking for weight loss at any time you want

You can walk at any time of day (or night for that matter).  Some people prefer the morning because it gives them a boost of energy for the day.  Others prefer at the end of the day so they can unwind.

How to build up to a good weight reducing brisk walk

Couple has briskly walked dog for sometime

Start your walking program with a 15 minute walk for a few days in a row, but be sure to familiarize yourself with the signs of heart attack, just in case.  Then gradually increase this time by five minutes every two to three days. By the end of two weeks you should be up to 30 to 45 minutes a day.  You’re burning 200 to 350 calories without any changes in your diet.  After six months you’ll have lost from 12 – 20 pounds.  If you want to accelerate the weight loss, walk faster, cover more ground in the same amount of time.

Warm up and cool down, to help prevent pain or injury with weight loss walking

It is always considered best to ease oneself into brisk walking over a minute or two, and to spend a minute or two slowing down at the end.

Be ware of shin pain in your early days of weight reducing walking

Yes, unfortunately, if you are no longer use to brisk walking, you may experience transitory pain in your shins when you start. This will mostly pass, only returning if you up the pace or distance of your walk, but then should settle down again. The shin pain may be around for about week.

Brisk Walking also requires good walking posture

Back reasonably straight, arms moving to and fro with the forward direction of the body - not moving across the body in a left / right direction. Eyes and face facing forward, not directly downward.

Brisk walking also requires a little preparation

Sunscreen, hat and a pair of appropriate sunglasses, will keep your skin and your eyes mcuh safer from the uv you will encounter on your walks. A small, lightweight drink bottle may also be beneficial, particularly on hot days.

Combine your brisk walking with a diet plan to reduce your weight much faster

If you decrease the amount of food you eat by 200 calories a day you double the weight loss. 200 calories isn’t really that much of a sacrifice.  For example regular salad dressing has about 100 calories per tablespoon; a serving size is two tablespoons, so substituting nonfat salad dressing would save 200 calories.  A 3.5 inch bagel with two tablespoons of cream cheese is about 400 calories.  Eat half of the bagel instead of the whole one, and you’ve saved your 200 calories.  A glass of whole milk is 150 calories, skim milk is 90, if you drink 3 glasses of milk a day you save 180 calories by switching to skim.

Brisk walking rewards you with more than weight reduction

There you have it:  an easy way to lose weight, increase your fitness level and strengthen your cardiovascular system and all you did was take a walk.

Group of walkers, weight control and health

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