Why you should walk, not run, your way to fat loss
Many research conducted over the past few years have shown that walking is a better method for losing weight than running. The reasons are the following:
- Doing cardio exercise, like running, causes burning calories from both the muscle and the fat tissue. The body itself is incapable of making the selection or deciding which calories of which tissue are going to be burnt. This leads to decreasing the muscle mass, which is bad because muscles are metabolic and participate in burning calories.
- Doing too much cardio exercise results in greater production of cortisol, the stress hormone, which can cause increasing of your body weight. This is happening because of the cravings that you experience because when your body burns more calories, it asks for taking in more of them as compensation.
By doing too much cardio exercise you may also become leptin-resistant, a state similar to sleep deprivation; you may lose the feeling of satiety and become insulin-resistant. This means that you may become constantly hungry and eat all the time that will eventually result in weight gaining.
Another thing that might happen due to increasing the level of cortisol in your organism is a lesser production of T4 by the thyroid. This is a hormone responsible for a good functioning metabolism and is later on turned into T3 hormone. With this, your organism has got dysfunctional metabolism and cannot properly burn the fat and spend the energy.
- Besides having a little influence on fat burning, running can negatively influence your knees and joints, especially if you are overweight. This is happening as a result of the banging of your feet into the ground.
We can conclude that cardio can have a negative influence on your metabolism, your hormonal balance and your knees and joints, and also reduces muscle mass.
Contrary to running, walking, even though burns fewer calories, does not lead to gaining weight and is much healthier. It can help you lower the level of cortisol, become more sensitive to insulin and prevent cravings and uncontrollable hunger. Additionally, it increases the levels of serotonin and dopamine, the hormones responsible for happiness and satisfaction, which is an additional motivation.
That is why you should walk on any occasion, twice a week minimum. Start with 30 minutes of walking, and later on, increase this time from 30 to 60 minutes and help your body in stress releasing, as well as in making it firm and fit. In addition to this, you can also make some metabolic resistance exercises and follow a healthy and balanced diet so that you will never need to run again.