Walking Right After Meals Effective for Weight Loss

Published:July 29th, 2011

Do you wait an hour or so after eating before taking a walk? Do you know that walking right after eating your regular meals can increase your chances of losing weight? Yes, it’s true, says a study conducted in Toyodo Hijikata Clinic, Osaka, Japan and published in the June 2011 issue of the International Journal of General Medicine.

Most people believe that having some form of physical exertion such as walking can cause symptoms of abdominal discomfort, thus it is generally assumed by many that walking after eating is something one should never do. However, there are those who do not experience this problem. For those people who have great tolerance for brisk walking after meals, this physical activity is a great way to burn extra calories and prevent blood sugar levels from spiking right after each meal.

Repeated increases in blood sugar after eating can cause increased secretion of insulin within the system.This phenomenon can cause a great deal of problem for most patients with diabetes. Suppressing blood sugar after meals can be an effective way to suppress blood insulin spikes, as a result, storage of calories in the form of fats can be prevented leading to better weight control and possibly weight loss. In this particular study, the subjects were able to eliminate 1.5 to 3 kilos of their original weight which only shows that walking after eating can truly improve one’s weight.

This, if you really want to lose some weight and prevent yourself from gaining more weight, why not try walking or strolling after eating? Who knows, this can be your best key for better weight reduction.


International Journal of General Medicine; Walking just after a meal seems to be more effective for weight loss than waiting for one hour to walk after a meal; Yasuyo Hijikata and Seika Yamada; June 2011

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