I’ve increased my walking to between 7000 and 10,000 steps per day.  Since I did that about 3 days ago I’m hungrier.  It’s a little annoying.  I suppose I’ll stick with it though or else I’ll lose my $40 StepBet investment.  Also, exercise is supposedly good for you…you know, cuz science says.  So there’s that.  I haven’t seen further improvements with regard to weight loss or blood sugar management lately – Weight is around 201.5 and fasting blood glucose is hovering around 120.  I’ll be patient though.  Really.  I will.


4 thoughts on “Walking

  1. SWOT

    Exercise increases appetite and/or decreases spontaneous physical activity the rest of the day. It’s a wash for weight loss.

    I’ll quote woo’s mantra on athletic people. ” Athleticism doesn’t produce health, it’s a marker for health.” People want to exercise because they enjoy because their body likes to waste energy.

  2. SWOT

    To quote Peter Attia, MD:

    How important is exercise to losing weight?
    It seems intuitively obvious that it should be important, but experimental trials of diet vs. diet plus exercise invariably show that the exercise makes effectively no difference on weight loss.
    The world is full of overweight and obese people who work at physically demanding jobs — hard-working laborers, for instance, who exercise regularly and are even devoted to it and remain just as obese or overweight as ever. I know, personally, many folks (including myself) who have gained significant weight, despite hours of rigorous daily exercise.
    This isn’t controversial, by the way. It’s this research that led the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association in their last physical activity guidelines (2007) to make this statement: “It is reasonable to assume that persons with relatively high daily energy expenditures would be less likely to gain weight over time, compared with those who have low energy expenditures. So far, data to support this hypothesis are not particularly compelling.” (And one of the co-authors of this ACSM/AHA report is an exercise physiologist who described himself as “short, fat and bald” when he started running 30 years ago, and since then has run 85,000 miles, or the equivalent of more than three times around the globe at the Equator, while only becoming “short, fatter and balder,” in his own words.)

    How important is exercise to being healthy?
    No one doubts that healthy people tend to be physically active people. The question is whether or not you can take unhealthy people and make them healthy merely by exercising them and without any meaningful change in diet. The answer is probably not.
    Exercise is important for a number of reasons, but weight management and controlling disease risk are not on the list, at least according to the best available evidence.
    Exercise “matters” for at least 5 reasons in my humble opinion: endorphin production (you “feel” better), social interactions, improving competitive skills, increasing endurance and strength, and (perhaps) injury prevention as we age. (Although exercise, of course, also causes injuries if not done correctly.)

  3. @SWOT – Thanks for these perspectives on exercise – I guess I wasn’t clear that I’m walking to improve blood sugar and other metabolic markers. I was losing weight just fine without it. :).

  4. SWOT


    The 150 Minutes a week necessary for health is a myth. 1 minute of HIIT (e.g. all out sprinting like 3×20 bursts) can [ in those who respond positively to exercise in general not necessarily will] give better results a week.
    He shows recent studies showing data that 4 years lifestyle intervention (usually diet+exercise) shows no benefit for CVD risk.
    In 20% of people, exercise does nothing. In 12%, their markers (blood pressure, Insulin sensitivity) get worse.
    Any exercise needs to be individually tailored (if at all), and it’s not realistic or proper to “prescrbe” exercise.
    On “average” Type II diabetes markers get better”
    “We don’t know” if exercise training will reduce heart disease, angina.:

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