7 Reasons Walking is King for Losing Fat (and more benefits) | Greg O’Gallagher & Thomas DeLauer

7 Reasons Walking is King for Losing Fat (and more benefits) | Greg O’Gallagher & Thomas DeLauer

Intro (00:00:00)

  • Greg O'Gallagher and Thomas DeLauer discuss the benefits of walking for fat loss.
  • O'Gallagher takes a holistic approach, while DeLauer provides a more scientific perspective.

10% off Timeline Nutrition’s MitoPure (00:00:30)

  • DeLauer recommends MitoPure, a patented technology that uses urolithin A to improve cellular health.
  • MitoPure is available in protein powder or capsule form.
  • DeLauer recommends the protein powder for its added benefits of protein and recovery.

Fat-Burning (00:01:26)

  • Walking is an effective way to burn fat and lose weight, especially when combined with a proper diet.
  • Aim for 10,000-14,000 steps per day for optimal fat burning.
  • Walking can be easily incorporated into daily routines and can boost mood and improve overall well-being when done outdoors.
  • While running burns more calories, walking burns a higher percentage of fat as fuel, making it more muscle-sparing and beneficial for long-term fat loss.
  • Cities that encourage walking have significantly lower obesity rates and a 30-50% lower risk of diabetes, independent of obesity.

Glucose Regulation (00:06:46)

  • Walking improves glucose regulation, helping cells absorb blood glucose better, resulting in lower blood sugar levels.

Testosterone (00:07:06)

  • Studies suggest that walking more than 8,000 steps daily significantly reduces the risk of hypogonadism (low testosterone) compared to walking less than 4,000 steps.
  • Sunlight exposure during walks can stimulate testosterone production through the skin-brain-gut axis.

Less Demanding (00:08:23)

  • Walking is less demanding on the body compared to intense cardio workouts like running.
  • It doesn't significantly increase appetite or stimulate hunger responses, making it easier to maintain a calorie deficit.
  • Unlike athletes who have increased appetites due to intense training, walking doesn't stimulate the appetite as much, making it a secret weapon for weight loss.

Brain Health (00:10:46)

  • Walking has numerous benefits beyond physical health, including improved creativity, mood, socialization, and idea generation.
  • It promotes a calm and still mind, allowing ideas to flow more freely.

Scalable/Versatile (00:11:01)

  • Walking is highly scalable and versatile, allowing for various difficulty levels with minimal equipment.
  • Changing the terrain, such as walking on grass or sand, significantly alters the calorie burn.
  • Adding weight vests or ankle weights increases the intensity of the workout.
  • Walking can be easily integrated into daily life, such as taking a walk with a child.
  • It can be scaled up to include sled pushes, farmer carries, and hill walking.
  • Walking burns approximately 10 calories per kilometer per kilogram of body weight.
  • A 10 km walk (about 6 miles) for a person weighing 176 pounds (80 kg) burns around 800 calories in 1.5 to 2 hours.
  • Adding an extra 60 to 90 minutes of brisk walking to daily activities can create a calorie deficit or provide more flexibility in nutritional intake during a lean bulking phase.
  • Walking has low oxidative stress.

Low Oxidative Stress (00:14:38)

  • Walking burns calories almost entirely from fat because it's a low-intensity beta-oxidation movement.
  • Preserving muscle and burning more fat makes sense for fat loss.
  • Walking is more effective for fat loss compared to cardio workouts.
  • Running and conventional cardio workouts are better for improving V2 Max conditioning and aerobic endurance.

5 Ways to Get More Steps in (00:16:02)

  • Walking is an effective way to lose fat and improve overall health, especially for overweight individuals.
  • Aim to schedule daily walks and make them a part of your routine.
  • Walking can be done anywhere, even during breaks or while traveling.
  • It can help reduce appetite, improve dietary adherence, and boost mood.
  • Schedule phone calls or Zoom meetings while walking to multitask and save time.
  • Walking can be combined with other activities such as work calls, socializing, or spending time with kids to make it more enjoyable and productive.
  • Adding a light weight vest (10-20 pounds) can increase calorie burn without significantly changing gait pattern and risking injury.

Overwhelmed by Endless Content?