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Hormones and weight gain: Walking for weight loss
I must admit that yes, I have been caught up in this latest craze of activity trackers. Initially I wanted one to track my sleep patterns (and I will share what I found in another post regarding sleep, hormones and weight gain) but have found myself data collecting with regards to my movement patterns and steps walked.
I set my goal at 12,000 steps. I thought "easy!!. I'm on the go and have a physical job"...NOT SO... On the days I worked yet still trained lifting my weights I would only manage MAYBE 7,000 steps. It dawned upon me that in my mind my job was physical, (yes I love moving all my patients around) but I didn't move that much. I HAVE A SEDENTARY JOB!..WHAT!...Here I am teaching all of you people how important movement is for your back and neck pain and here I am sitting more than I am moving. Well, I have been using myself as an experiment and this is what I have found.
Most work days I need to go for a 30-40 minute walk to get my 12,000 steps up. Now this is not a usual Lisa power walk at 7km/hr to burn more calories. No,this is a leisurely yet reasonably brisk walk with my dogs, my kids, my husband or all or the aforementioned. Research has shown that walking decreases the stress hormone cortisol which, when coupled with certain other hormones, is a potent fat storage hormone. Bonus! I am decreasing my stress, I am connecting with family, I'm out in nature AND this is hormonally setting me up for fat loss. Walking not only decreases stress but as with other exercise it increases the release of other feel good hormones like endorphins. Ever noticed that when you're in a bad mood and stressed, a good walk makes you feel better? HORMONES!!!. The other thing I have been doing is in between patients, to avoid my activity tracker reminding me I have been sedentary for too long, is to walk around the practice for one minute. It doesn't sound like much does it, but over the course of the day that equates to MORE movement. I have noticed that this one minute walk every 40 minutes or so is significantly improving my energy levels during the day and improving my mood. Win win on all accounts.
Over the next few weeks I am going to teach you why HORMONES are far more important in your pursuit for fat loss than just counting calories. Certain types of exercise and certain types of food elicit a hormonal effect on the body and will set you up for fat gain or fat loss. Every time you eat and every time you exercise is an opportunity to signal your body either way.
So walking is what we call in Metabolic Precision a LIA activity (low intensity activity). It has it's place in your weight loss and health promoting routine. Other LIA's include Tai Chi, Yoga, stretching, playing with the kids, housework. All movement based activities. So get out there and MOVE. An added bonus for me has I have lost 2 kgs of my winter coat that I just couldn't seem to shift. Again BONUS!
Our next round of Metabolic Precison Nutrition Program starts next week and I have a few spaces available. Maybe you would like to find out how to transform your body and health for the long journey of LIFE! Please feel free to contact me on my mobile to discuss..Have a great day