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Hiking for weight loss is just one of the many motivators pulling women onto hiking trails.
Can women lose weight hiking?
The hard work of
will help you lose weight hiking, in a gradual and safe manner.
And females burning calories hiking? It's a given!
Congratulations for taking the first step down a proven route to feeling stronger and enjoying robust health!
But if you plan to hike specifically to lose pounds or kilograms, you need a systematic plan to make sure your nutrient levels and hydration status are solid.
Here are some thing to consider if you're serious about using hiking for weight loss.
Every human body is built from one repetitive unit, the cell.
Add trillions of cells together, and you've built the human body.
Each cell needs water and nutrients and oxygen, as well as efficient waste removal, to exist in its optimal form.
Every cell specializes in performing particular jobs in the body. If you're serious about using hiking for weight loss, you'll be focusing on your adipose cells.
Weight loss involves shrinking the size of your adipose (commonly called "fat") cells.
To do this, you can't starve your cells by not eating regularly.
In retribution, your adipose cells become more and more efficient at storing excess nutrient molecules. They "hoard" your energy supplies, meaning that you'll hit a weight plateau and stay there.
A better strategy is to work with your cells to redirect your adipose storage and encourage the use of your stored fuels.
This will lead to positive outcomes when you step on the scale or zip up your pants.
You might have to "convince" yourself that it's ok to snack regularly on the hiking trail, and to make frequent stops for water intake.
Don't blame/shame yourself for feeling hungry, because you're doing more work than usual and your body is asking for more fuel to support your muscle contractions.
Hikers are supposed to be hungry and thirsty!
Read up on the nutrition required for a hiker's body here.
For specific advice on how to choose foods as a hiker, go here.
For some ideas on hiking hydration, read this.
Here's a safe and sane approach to losing weight hiking which you can tailor to your specific hiking goals:
Hiking is better than lots of other weight loss options involving exercise.
Here's why hiking is better than...
So if you're in a hurry to shed the weight, combine some other physical activities with your hiking plans.
Losing weight is hard.
Hiking is hard when you first start out too.
Put those 2 facts together, and it's easy to lose motivation and give up.
But not if you're part of a group which includes gentle accountability!
Don't have anyone to hike with or can't find a group near you?
Or want to hike with someone else who has hiking for weight loss as a goal? Hiking For Her has you covered!
You can also join the Over Forty Hiker community here in Hiking For Her, and find other hikers who have similar goals and may live near you.
In fact, you just did!
If you'd like to share your weight loss goals, I'd be happy to help you work toward them with the Metamorphosis plan.
You can choose how much, how detailed, and how often, you want the encouragement to flow your way.
If you want to be on the trail, I want to help you succeed :)
I really mean it!
Losing weight while hiking has worked for many women, and the extra benefits of cardiovascular health, improved muscle tone, and mental well being cannot be ignored.
Read this woman's story about how hiking for weight loss worked for her.
Hiking = health = a pathway to your weight loss goals
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