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6/9/18 5:55 A

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after, but I divide my lunch in half, half before walk, half after to sustain energy, it works best for me. I do the same for my 2 Breakfast meals, supper is regular meal, then a 100 calorie evening snack. Total calories I keep the same daily.

I have pleurisy, 3 types of anemia from Iron,folic acid,other vitamins not working,chronic pneumonia, pleurisy, chronic kidney disease, a partially collapsed lung, low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years..I am 55 years old. I had cervical cancer 6 years ago, no signs last 4 years as well.I am on P.S.T. time zone.


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I find that the calories burned based on my Garmin vary from day to day and activity to activity....for instance I worked really hard yesterday in my spin class and my calories burned were much lower than usual for a spin class. that's OK - it's just an indicator.

The only difference I see is that for me doing cardio before strength seems to show a higher calorie deficit at the end of both activities then doing strength before cardio.

That said, I'm realizing that it is the total calories that I eat that matters more than the net calories (actual less activity). i need to stay at or under my 2,000 calories/day to maintain my weight. The calories deducted is interesting but doesn't seem to affect my weight.

I enjoy a walk after lunch as it seems to help with digestion and it just plain feels good. That after lunch walk was something I started when I was working and getting back to exercise. It was an easy way to sneak in a 10 - 15 minute walk.

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I've heard that, too, that walking after a meal could aid in digestion.

I've also heard that you need to take the day as a whole: total calories in vs total calories burned.

Maybe I'm asking the wrong question. maybe the walk after lunch doesn't burn calories as much as it burns or lowers the glucose or sugar levels or that it speeds the rate the food moved through the stomach.

I'm not trying to be contrary here. I'm curious and just asking questions.

It just seems to me that if I walk before lunch and my body has been burning calories during that walk for awhile (the "engine" is running, so to speak).
Then if I eat lunch right the walk, the "engine" will keep on burning the glucose in the food I ate at lunch.

Then if I go back out walking after lunch, the "engine" will continue to burn the glucose of the food I just ate.

Am I still off base, here?



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No one is saying that the walking itself wouldn't burn calories, it's just that the timing -- before or after lunch -- doesn't make a difference. If the timing affects other things -- maybe you are sluggish after a big meal, so then you walk slower, burning fewer calories. But maybe you walk faster because you feel energized! There are so many variables, that overall, it doesn't matter.

There is some evidence that walking AFTER a meal aids digestion, but that wouldn't really affect calories burned. It would just prevent upset stomach ;)

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5/23/18 5:25 P

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Walking burns calories, whether you walk before, after or during lunch.
So walking IS better for burning calories than taking a nap.

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It doesn't really help to look at calories burned related to specific meals, but rather to the day as a whole. As long as you burn more calories than you consume at the end of the day, that's what matters- not when you burn them or when you consume them.

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97MONTY: can't go wrong there!! I did that myself today. Thinking I will continue to do that: walking before and after lunch!

I don't understand how walking has no effect on burning the calories of eating lunch whether you walk before or after eating lunch.

I would've thought that if you walked before eating lunch, the body is burning calories from the walk and would burn some calories from the food eaten at lunch.

The same goes for walking after eating. Are you saying the walk wouldn't burn off any calories from the food eaten at lunch?

Intensity of the walk aside, I can't believe walking before or after lunch wouldn't burn off some calories eaten at lunch.

From what was said, it wouldn't make any difference if I walked or took a nap!

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"Which would burn off more calories of that lunch...to walk before or after eating lunch?"
Neither.


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The intensity of your workout determines how many calories are burned, not when you do it. So take your walk whenever works best for you :)

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Which would burn off more calories of that lunch...to walk before or after eating lunch?

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