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Is Walking Really Good For Fat Burning?

Updated on September 8, 2013

How Does Walking Rate As A Fat Burning Exercise?

Enter any weight loss or diet forum and ask the question "how can I burn fat?" and more-then-likely someone will tell you to do some brisk walking for 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week.

I have nothing against brisk walking as it is something that I believe is good for the body and is some thing that I enjoy HOWEVER, brisk walking will not burn as much fat as you are lead to believe. Yes, it does raise the heart rate, yes you are using your larger muscles and yes, it does burn calories BUT it does rank low on the fat burning scale.

If you don't believe me, just look at those who are walking for fat burning. You will see the same people every day, yet they don't appear to be losing any good quantity of fat.

What Type of Exercise Does Burn Fat?

If you want to really blast fat you will need to add some weight training to your fitness routine. Lifting weights will not only burn more calories and fat but will add muscle which will help you burn more calories day in and day out.

You can start with small 3 pound weights and build up as you get stronger. And women--don't worry you will not bulk up like a man--it's just not in our genes.

Sure you will see professional female bodybuilders who are very muscular but they have worked very hard to achieve their goals. They weren't just looking to lose weight--they intentionally set out to build muscle.

Do I suggest that you drop your walking program? Definitely not -walking is good for you but if you want to finally get rid of those pockets of fat your going to have to add in some weight training 3-4 days a week.


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      fitness-equipment 8 years ago from USA

      Fitness walking is a great help in losing those unwanted fats. Just make sure though that you're doing the proper way of walking. Walking also is considered as one of the safest means of losing weight.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 10 years ago from Manila

      Great hub. Great informationn. It is helpful, thanks for this.