People usually think that cardio is the best method for weight loss and it’s better than walking. Today, in this article, you will see that walking actually is better for fat loss and weight loss than running.

Reasons why walking and not running is better for fat loss:

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When you run or you do some other cardio exercise, you’ll burn the calories from fat and muscle. The body isn’t able to pick which calories should be burnt, so with running you’re actually decreasing the muscle mass. And that’s not what you want to do, that’s because the muscles burn more calories and are more metabolic.

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Excess cardio exercises will increase the production of cortisol – stress hormone, which can lead to bigger cravings for food because then the body will want to overcompensate the already burned calories. And in the end, you’ll end up consuming much more calories than you’ve actually burned.

Excess cardio exercising will make you resistant to leptin, a similar hormonal effect like the sleep deprivation. Then the body won’t be able to tell if it’s satiated. You’ll get hungry and eventually you’ll develop resistance to insulin because of the higher amounts of cortisol in your body and you’ll start to gain weight.

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Cardiovascular exercises could potentially have bad impact on the function of your thyroid. For proper function of the metabolism, the thyroid is producing one hormone that is called T4, which then converts to T3 to aid the metabolism. If your body creates too much cortisol, then the thyroid won’t be able to produce the hormone T4 and the result will be dysfunctional metabolism, loss of your energy and less fat burning.

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It’s believed that the running has a lower impact, additionally the more you run the further you bang the feet on the ground. This isn’t good, especially if you’re overweight because this can harm your knees and the other joints.

Final Summary

The cardio can lead to reduction of your muscle mass, slower metabolism, hormonal imbalance which leads to gaining weight and it can be bad for your knees if you’re overweight.

Walking contrary to running, it’s more balanced and much healthier alternative, but it won’t burn the same amount of calories as running. With walking you’ll decrease the levels of cortisol in your body, which is better for you on longer term.

The walking will also make you more sensitive to insulin, which doesn’t create unmanageable hunger and cravings and it will enable better calorie burning from some other exercises.
It also produces the serotonin & dopamine which will make you happier and more motivated and leads to overall wellness.

So, walk as much as you can! Take half an hour or an hour walk at least 3 days in a week, and slowly increase this until you start walking every day.
Combine the walking with some exercises (metabolic resistance) and you’ll get a good looking and firm body and there won’t be a reason to run ever again.

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