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Tue Jul 09 07:10:21 EDT 2013

Can regular walking make you fat?
Asked By: tailwagger  
Category: Exercise

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I am a type 2 diabetic for about 20 years. I am moderately active-I play golf several times a week, weight training 3 times a week and walking on most days, about 2 miles a day. My husband brought some articles to my attention which stated that without doing interval training, exercise can make you fat...I felt that everything I have been doing was wasted effort. I am a teacher of special needs high school kids and am trying to use the summer to nail down a routine that I can sustain. But now I think I am doing everything wrong!!! What is the best exercise for diabetics and is interval training the way to go? HELP!
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2013-09-25 15:23:02.0

Dear Tailwagger,

I'm not sure what source that article was in that your husband found, but I am absolutely certain that doing the types of activities that you are undertaking will NOT make you fat; on the contrary, you're expending more calories, which should help you lose weight or at least keep you from gaining more. Interval training is the latest rage because you can expend more calories in less time compared to some more traditional activities, but it carries other risks with it, such as the risk of developing an athletic injury, getting demotivated to exercise, or having a cardiovascular issue during the activity. More intense activities can also temporarily raise your blood glucose levels rather than lowering them. As long as you moderate your calorie intake so that you're not taking in more calories than you're expending doing the activities that you are doing, you may gain muscle mass (that weighs more), but you will not gain fat weight. Keep it up!
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2013-08-26 10:25:22.0



The answer we are trying to post is this: Dear Tailwagger,

I'm not sure what source that article was in that your husband found, but I am absolutely certain that doing the types of activities that you are undertaking will NOT make you fat; on the contrary, you're expending more calories, which should help you lose weight or at least keep you from gaining more. Interval training is the latest rage because you can expend more calories in less time compared to some more traditional activities, but it carries other risks with it, such as the risk of developing an athletic injury, getting demotivated to exercise, or having a cardiovascular issue during the activity. More intense activities can also temporarily raise your blood glucose levels rather than lowering them. As long as you moderate your calorie intake so that you're not taking in more calories than you're expending doing the activities that you are doing, you may gain muscle mass (that weighs more), but you will not gain fat weight. Keep it up!
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