That’s what the headline said in one of the ubiquitous women’s magazines at the grocery store checkout counter. Must resist….feel willpower weakening….maybe I’ve actually been walking wrong all these years……yes, I broke down and bought it.
To save any of y’all the trouble of buying the magazine to find the magical secret to losing weight, it seems that it is to walk 50 minutes per day every day. No slacking! This can be broken up into shorter intervals as needed per your schedule.
Now, being a nice southern lady, I can’t come right out and say “bullshit!”, but I have to say that I walk a minimum of 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening just to put feed out to the livestock and trust me, I walk at least an additional 30 minutes per day besides that, and I don’t exactly look like I’ve missed any meals. Since I know that a good rule of thumb is that @ 100 calories are burned per mile of walking for a 180 lb. person (and it’s an easy figure to use for the math challenged such as myself), I’ll just go with 100 calories per mile. Since I have to burn up 3,500 calories to lose 1 lb., and if I wanted to lose 20 lb. in a month strictly from walking, that would be 20 lbs. x 3,500 calories = 70,000 calories to be burned that month. At 100 calories per mile, seems to me to work out to 700 miles. Okay, then. All I have to do to lose 20 lbs. in a month walking (counting 30 days in a month) is to walk 23.33 miles per day. Every day. At a 3-minute mile, that would work out to be @ 8 hours.
Even if I walked back and forth to work every day, leaving at 4 a.m. to get there on time and dodging the logging and dump trucks, I’d still have a mileage deficit of 3 and 1/3 miles per day to make up.