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I have been doing 3 to 5 mile walks a day and i haven't been seeing any weight lost... should i walk more?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:35 AM on May. 22, 2009 in Health

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  • are you drinking alot of water? i walked the same milage but 5 nights instead of 7. i lost 60 pounds, i also did some core excersises. dont get discuraged! keep it up! i didnt lose it at first but when i started to it came off consistently.
    trelyn

    Answer by trelyn at 12:38 AM on May. 22, 2009

  • That is a lot of exercise. I wouldn't try to walk more, but try to eliminate one item of food from your diet a day...say a soda or switch from a piece of toast in the morning to a rice cake.

    In other words, cut a few more calories and when your body adjusts, the weight should start to come off again. Plateau-ing is what may be happening to you.
    timelessglass

    Answer by timelessglass at 12:38 AM on May. 22, 2009

  • you need water is what i mean. at least half your weight in ounce. so if you weigh 200 lbs then drink AT LEAST 100 fluid ounces of water.
    trelyn

    Answer by trelyn at 12:40 AM on May. 22, 2009

  • Please keep in mind that muscle mass weighs more than fat. If you are walking that much per day, you are very likely to be building muscle as well as burning fat. A better method to determine whether or not you are losing body fat would be to either tape your body (waist, thighs, hips, bust, upper arm, etc) and measure weekly or bi-weekly to see if there is a change. Another, and better, way to measure this would be if you join a gym or have access to someone who can actually measure your body fat percentage to have that done and continue to have it done every few weeks.

    I would also suggest starting a food diet. Please keep in mind that with that high of an activity level, your caloric need is going to be greater than someone with a sedentary lifestyle. If you drop your caloric intake too low for your activity level, you will slow your metabolism because your body will then try to store the fat for fuel.
    SusanD

    Answer by SusanD at 1:50 AM on May. 22, 2009

  • It is great that you are getting exercise! In order to maintain a healthy weight, you need to have a healthy lifestyle; this has the added bonus of setting a great example for your kids.
    First, drink your water! at least 8 8oz glasses a day. Next, eat your fruits & veggies! 7-8 servings a day, in at least three different colors. Eat your whole grains (loaded with fiber, protein, and lots of energy-giving nutrients), 7 servings a day. Cut way back on (or eliminate) meat & dairy. Add beans, lentils & tofu to your diet. You can get free meal plans and recipes from Dr. McDougall, or find his books at your local library: http://www.drmcdougall.com/free.html .Feel free to ask me any questions. -Robin
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 10:24 AM on May. 22, 2009

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