In this post, I’ll be talking about walking to lose weight. Walking may not produce the same results as the more intense forms of cardio, but it is a great alternative for when you don’t want to do the more intense forms of cardio like running, jogging, swimming or bike riding.
While walking doesn’t produce the same results as the intense forms of cardio, it can be quite effective if you schedule your walks on the right time. There are times during the day where you body loses weight more easily.
Best Times For Walking To Lose Weight
There are 3 different times for when walking is more effective in helping you lose weight.
The first time is before you eat breakfast
Right when you wake up, drink some water and go for a 30 min walk before breakfast. To make this possible, you are probably going to need to wake up earlier and go to sleep earlier for the previous night. Having a good sleep schedule in itself is good for weight loss and your health. When you wake up, drink some pure water with freshly squeezed lemon juice in it. I’ll squeeze half or a whole lemon in a cup depending on what I feel like. Then head out and go for your walk.
For breakfast, have something that is rich in protein and low in carbs. Two eggs and some vegetables are perfect. I know that it’s not traditional breakfast food, but it’s very effective in help fat loss in addition to the walking. This is a concept that Tim Ferris talks about as well.
The second time is right after a workout
After you finished your weight lifting session, jump on the treadmill for a 30 min walk. Whenever you’re on one of these walks, you should be walking faster than your usual pace. The pace should be enough to work up a light sweat.
The third time is an hour (or more) after you eat your last meal of the day
After this walk, you should wait for at least an hour before going to sleep, it will help you sleep better.
For the best results, go on at least 2 of these walks every day. Consistency is important to create results. For better results, do your walks on an incline or up a hill. The two most effective times for walking to lose weight is before your breakfast and after your workout.
The great thing about walking is that it doesn’t put a lot of stress on your body. You can do it everyday and you’ll feel better and better.
Other Benefits of Walking
Walking also helps you in a lot of other ways. It’s a great way to cool off if you’re experiencing an intense negative emotion. It can even help lift you up when you’re feeling down. Just make sure you don’t hold onto any negativity when you’re walking. Clear your mind and and focus on something positive, like how beautiful the day is or everything that you are grateful for in your life.
There was a study that was conducted the Duke University, where they discovered that just 10 minutes of walking helps clinically depressed people feel less tense, tired, angry and confused. I think this is pretty incredible.
The Difference that Makes The Difference
As you know, intense exercise helps you lose weight. During intense exercise, your body goes into a state that burns fat for energy. But did you know that there is a way to get into this fat burning state without exercise? Intermittent fasting mimics the effects of intense exercise. Combine this method with your walks for amplified and accelerated results. Check out my article on Intermittent Fasting to learn more about this.