Yes, it IS possible to lose a lot of weight, burn a lot of fat, with fast walking.

There is a certain way to make this work–something you’ve probably never tried before.

Fast Walking and Losing 20 Pounds

If you’ve been walking fast all along (on the job, while shopping), merely continuing to do so will not suddenly start melting off 20 pounds.

This is because brisk movement during activities of daily living has become a regular fixture in your life, a constant that your body has adapted to.

To lose 20 pounds (assuming your eating habits remain constant), you must impose a demand on your body that it’s not accustomed to.

If you’re normally a fast mover on the job, shopping, etc., you then need to incorporate brisk walking sessions into your life in addition to the movement you normally do in daily living.

So no matter how many steps a day your pedometer says that you accumulated on the job, shopping and around the house, you must add to that with a treadmill session or speedy walk around the neighborhood to lose the 20 pounds.

If your normal walking speed in daily living is slow or casual, and you do a lot of walking due to the nature of your job, then speeding it up to a brisk pace can result in some weight loss, but nowhere near 20 pounds.

You will still need to add something to the equation: a fast walking session beyond your normal daily movement.


-If you want to lose 20 pounds and don’t want to starve yourself to do it, and especially if you’re already eating sensibly, then fast walking can get the job done.

-If you’re a slow or casual walker in daily life, make a habit of moving briskly whenever possible.

-If you’ve always been a speedy walker, don’t keep thinking that one day this will start causing weight loss.

-Regardless of movement speed in daily life, you must stick to consistent fitness walking sessions to drop 20 pounds. Sessions should be 30-60 minutes

-Walking hills or a treadmill incline will increase the calorie burn. So will wearing a weighted backpack.

And according to a University of Pittsburgh study, fast walkers live longer!

But if that doesn’t matter to you, certainly the 20 pound weight loss will!

Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.  
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