There are so many diet books on the market today it is hard to pick out the ones which actually help you lose the weight and keep it off. There is one thing however, which almost all of the diet books out there agree upon, losing weight consists of eating right and getting more exercise.
The problem is there are a lot of people who do not have the time to sign up for a gym, or exercise program. Still there is one exercise I discovered I do each and every day of the week, an exercise when used the right way could help me and others shed pounds and get healthier – walking. Here are three books which helped me get in touch with my inner walker.
The first book I read on walking was, I Can Make You Thin by Paul McKenna which I discovered because of a PBS special where the author talked about the precepts found in his soon to be published book. In the book and show McKenna talked about how the key to successful weight loss comes not in counting the calories but the number of steps you take each day.
In addition to counting steps McKenna also offers a new view of how you should eat. In the book McKenna instructs people to get in touch with their inner eater. He claims most people overeat because they ignore the bodies signal that they are full and keep on eating. The key to getting in touch with the bodies full signal is eating slow, you body will tell you when it’s done/
Later if you fell hungry again, you eat a little more. The idea is to eat more often, but less food. Added into the control of what you put into your mouth is the idea of walking. Not long walks but walking whenever you get a chance to the tune of at least 10,000 steps a day. I used this book and the ideas in it and lost almost twenty pound in a little less than three months. Of course you must keep up with the plan in order to maintain the weight loss.
There are certain aspects of the book I didn’t care for, like the self-hypnosis techniques but overall this is a good book to read if a walking exercise program is your goal.
The second book I picked up was The Step Diet which was written in 2004 by four doctors, James O. Hill Ph.D, John C. Peters Ph.D, Bonnie T. Jortberg M.S. R.D., and Pamela M. Peeke M.D who founded America on the Move. The book is based on the core concept of energy balance-to lose weight the calories of the food you put in your mouth cannot exceed the calories burned by your metabolism and activity.
What the book showed me was how easy it is to expend more energy by adding more steps to my daily routine. The goal is to reach 10, 000 steps a day by simply adding 500 steps each day for the first week, 1000 steps during the second week and so on until after 8 weeks you are walking at least 10,000 steps a day.
My favorite tip from the book is the “75 percent advantage”, where in order to cut back on the calories you put in your mouth you reduce the amount of food you eat by 25 percent. Like anything else reading the book will help you eat less and lose weight following the program inside the pages which includes eating healthy along with the added walking help you to lose weight.
The third book I read was Walking Off Weight written in 2010 by Michele Stanten, who is the Fitness Director for Prevention Magazine. Walking off Weight, is a little different then the other two books I read. While walking is the central idea of the book like the other two 10,000 steps is not the goal in this book but the intensity of the walking workout.
Stanten’s book teaches a technique called interval walking. If you’ve ever walked on a tread mill and increased and lowered the speed bursts of the walk then you get the idea of interval walking. Interval walking Stanten says is designed to keep you out of a walking rut and off those dreaded weight loss plateaus,” which turns walking into a fat busting workout.
All of these books are good reads for those who want to start a walking exercise program. The goal is to pick one you’ll like and be able to stick with over the long haul.