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Yes, Hiking Will Help You Lose Weight

by | The Oracle

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If you are looking for an arguably easy and healthy way to lose weight without working out, hiking should be on your list. In a previous article, we have discussed the health benefits of hiking in generic terms. I mentioned that research suggests hiking can help with weight control. While I do assume many people have already thought that you can burn calories by hiking, I believe that reading information that confirms such thoughts will motivate putting these assumptions to the test.

If you want to lose weight without too many physical exercises, you can consider regular hiking as something you can do along with other types of activities that can help you burn calories. Of course, hiking two times a year or so does not mean you can forget about regular walks and/or jogging without being concerned about your weight or other health parameters.

Is Hiking An Easy Way to Lose Weight?

There are many factors to take into account when planning to lose weight by hiking. One important factor is the terrain. Indeed, as virtually anyone would suspect, hiking on flat ground produces more modest results compared to climbing a mountain – gravity matters! For this reason, my advice is to choose a terrain that is at least moderately challenging.

It’s also true that most trekkers will find a flat ground much less entertaining than places with plenty of steep routes, such as the Himalayas and San Francisco. Other relevant factors that will influence the success of a hiking-based weight loss self-made program are your current diet, age, gender, and basically all the factors that matter in other circumstances.

According to an article published on Mayo Clinic, 30 minutes of walking per day can help you burn around 150 calories per day, and losing a pound in one week (0.45 kg) normally means you must lose 500 calories a day. If merely walking 30 minutes each day in a fascinating or boring city/town/village/farm can help you lose 1 pound per week (again, 0.45 kg), there are reasons to be optimistic about your future weight after a few days of hiking. I suggest wearing a backpack to make things even more challenging (!)

Real-Life Example

An article published by Huffington Post provides some of the empirical evidence some may want to see (but, in general, don’t take single-case studies as conclusive evidence). More specifically, the article talks about Mindy Witthoft, a 31-years old woman with a height of 5’9” (1.79 m) and who used to weigh 300 pounds (136 kg) before becoming a hiker.

Mindy reveals that she has always been “chubby” and was never concerned about her weight. However, at the end of 2011, she decided to improve her health, and starting in early 2012, she began engaging in workouts and gave up fast food. In the same year, Mindy discovered hiking as a new exercise option, and since then, she hikes almost every weekend. She feels that hiking has helped her improve her body aspect, athletic abilities, and her sleeping patterns. If you want to read a more detailed account of this story, you can access the full article here.

Since I’ve said ‘empirical evidence”, it is worth mentioning that in the article, you can also see photos of Mindy before and after she started to lose weight (P.S.: it might be the first time when you see a ‘before/after’ story without being asked to buy something).

Are You Ready to Combine Business with Pleasure?

Well, who wouldn’t be? Whether trekking days are your thing or you simply want to lose weight, hiking can be a nice and, for many, easy way to lose weight while improving other health parameters.


Huffington Post. I Lost Weight: Mindy Witthoft Fell In Love With Hiking And Lost 124 Pounds.

Live Strong. Is Walking 2 Miles a Day a Good Weight-Loss Strategy?

Mayo Clinic. Can I lose weight if my only exercise is walking? 


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