I lost 20 pounds before I ever set foot in a gym or lifted a single dumbbell. You don’t have to have an intense workout routine, you can lose weight walking.
Real Weight Loss Comes from the Kitchen
I’m going to give it to you straight. If you want to make a real change, you need to start by evaluating what you eat and making some healthier choices. Exercise alone does not result in weight loss.
Spend a week or so recording everything you eat, with an app or with pen and paper. Then, get really, really honest with yourself. Consider some healthier alternatives to meals you’re eating now, or simply start adding in more nutrient-dense foods to your existing meals. Pay attention to what you’re eating and keep the slight edge in mind with each food choice. Is eating this going to help or hinder my progress in the long run?
Ease into Walking
Don’t overdo it.
I can’t emphasize this enough: DON’T OVERDO IT!
It’s great to get excited about something new. But if you go out and walk for two hours after being sedentary for years, you’re going to hurt the next day and probably several days after that. And then, guess what? You’ll probably be less inclined to walk again for quite some time.
Ease into it. Start with a 5-minute walk every other day for a couple of weeks.
Pick up the Pace
Once you start acclimating to moving your body again, you can start increasing the length of your walks and even the frequency. Add 5 minutes to your walk every week for several weeks then consider adding an extra day of walking for a few weeks. With slow progression, you’ll notice that it’s becoming easier all the time to do something you may not have thought you’d ever do again.
Eventually, you may even start literally increasing your pace by speed-walking, jogging or even running.
Just take your time and increase gradually to avoid burning out. And keep eating those healthier foods.
Add Strength as You See Fit
Eventually, you may find that you want to add more exercise into your routine, and that’s great! If you’re interested in adding strength into your workout routine, I highly recommend working with a personal trainer who can make recommendations tailored to you and show you the proper way to use machinery in a gym or any weights you may have at home.
You Really Can Lose Weight Walking
True, sustainable weight loss goes deeper than diet and exercise. There is a mindset that must be present. But it can start with a simple walking routine and some nutritional foods added to daily meals. You can do this!
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