Walking as well as running are two of the most popular workouts. There are a lot of people who swear by brisk walk, and equally high (if not more) number of people going out for a jog every day as a mean to lose weight. But the walker is always in a dilemma to know if running would be a better and faster way to lose weight, simply because most of us believe that running burns more calories than walking, which may also be true. But we need to know that the amount of calories you burn are not the only determining factor for weight loss – there are other things that you need to factor in too.
A six year survey published by the Medicine and Science in Sports Exercise collected data from more than 30,000 runners and 15,000 walkers to determine which group lost more weight and maintained it for a longer time.
The runners and walkers in the study burned the same amount of calories each week. But the results were that runners were able to control their weight more efficiently over a period of time.
This is because the after effect of high-Intensity exercise is more than a normal workout. Doing HIIT makes you burn calories even after you are at rest. Also, vigorous exercises increase your metabolic rate and burn more calories in the next 14 hours after a workout as compared to a low-intensity exercise.
The time consumed in a high-intensity exercise is less, which makes it easy to be followed in a routine.
In another study published in the Journal of Obesity, researchers investigated the hormonal regulators of appetite in walkers and runners to observe which group ate more in the following 60-minute after a workout.
Both the groups were served a buffet after their exercise session. The results were that walkers ate 50 calories more than they burned during walking, while runners ate 200 calories less than what they burned during running. This happened because runners have a higher level of peptide YY in the body – a hormone that suppresses appetite.
Though it’s true that running is more effective when it comes to weight loss, but if you do not like running and enjoy walking, go for it. Because chances of doing an exercise regularly increase when you have a liking for it, claim several studies.