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Use small dumbbell weights while walking to burn extra calories.
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In the seemingly never-ending battle against weight gain, many people try to find calorie-burning shortcuts to make their efforts really count. One of these shortcuts revolves around the best time to exercise and whether it's before or after eating.
If you want to find out whether exercising immediately after a meal, say a walk right after dinner, will help you lose weight, the answer is yes, and no.
The Benefits of Walking After Dinner
To start, any exercise is good exercise, no matter when you do it. If immediately after dinner is the best time for you, that's great. By putting a walk into your evening schedule, you're more likely to stick with it since you're creating a routine, which will help you lose weight over time.
Walking immediately after dinner doesn't usually interfere with your digestion, though if you have pre-existing problems, such as acid reflux or irritable bowel syndrome, you may want to wait a little bit, so you don't roil up your digestive fluids while they're working.
Still, a walk is unlike a run, and it usually doesn't present any problems for most people, despite what the old myths used to say about waiting to exercise after eating to avoid cramping. This is highly unlikely if you're just going for a stroll, even a rigorous one, around the neighborhood, so this shouldn't weigh in on your exercise schedule.
Another benefit to developing a walking regimen after your evening meal is that you're more likely to eat less at dinner knowing that you don't want to feel overly stuffed for your walk. That feeling of eating too much will seriously hamper your motivation to get up and go, so you can plan for your walk with smaller portions and lighter meals, which will help enormously in your overall weight loss efforts.
The Case For Walking First, Then Eating
Many fitness experts advise people to exercise before their meals because tired muscles benefit from the fuel you provide them afterward, which helps them recover and rebuild. By exercising and then eating, your body refills its glycogen stores for your next walk. One of the best ways to to do this is to include a carbohydrate, such as brown rice, and a lean protein, such as chicken or fish.
There are other advantages to scheduling your walk before your meal, especially during the winter months when daylight hours shrink considerably. You don't want to get into a great exercise routine during the summer, only to be derailed when daylight savings rolls around.
By switching your walk to before your dinner, you do run the risk of coming to the table with a larger appetite, however, so you do need to be mindful of how much you eat.
Walking is a great way to stay in shape and delivers myriad health benefits, including weight loss. If you're trying to find a way to burn more calories on your walk, concentrate on ramping up your speed and adding in some hills for maximum weight loss. Ultimately, when you walk is far less important than other aspects of your outings - including how intense, how often and how long your walking jaunts are.