Weight loss is about more than calories

May 29, 2013 · 3 comments

In a recent article by the New York Times it explains that runners are notably leaner and running aids weight management better than walking. It’s surprising to me because for years I have been telling people that walking a mile burns as many calories as running a mile, so it didn’t matter which they chose. And, it’s true that the caloric expenditure is the same, but I hadn’t considered the other factors.

The article says that walkers tended to be more hungry after a long walk and runner’s appetites were actually suppressed. That means that even though the walkers may have burned the same calories they consumed more than the runners so they saw less weight loss. However, there are many other physical and mental benefits to walking than just weight loss. I am a huge fan of long walks! In fact, they are my therapy.

This information is important to consider. If you are exercising and frustrated that you are not losing weight consider varying your activities and pay attention to how much you eat post workout. Do not overestimate how much exercise actually burns. It is SO important to eat enough, but also important to not eat too much. Finding a balance is vital to successful weight loss.

If you want to read the NYT article visit “Is it better to run or walk?” Interesting stuff!

  • Christian at stopsnoringrx.com

    So what was the reason behind walkers being hungrier after walking?

    • TatumRebelle

      I’m pretty sure it’s because walking a mile takes a lot longer than running a mile so they work up an appetite. Plus, high intensity exercise tends to surpress hunger instead of increase it. So runners ate less calories after a run compared to walkers. Not sure scientists have it 100% figured out though.

  • Emma Powell

    My knee and my orthopedist agree no running for me anymore. I am not sure how many more surgeries I want to donate to the running cause. I have gone to toe-first strike, and hope to stave off more problems, but I’ve also been slowing way down. I miss the benefits of running, both psychological and appetite suppression, but I like my knees better.

    I know after a kick-butt workout I feel a little queasy even if I’m not actually nauseous. It takes awhile before I want to think about food again. Walking doesn’t do that. When we walk, the stress hormones telling us to shed the dead weight and not weigh ourselves down with food don’t kick in because there’s no “lion chasing” us, as when we run.

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