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« on: March 09, 2011, 03:00:43 PM »

This is not gear related. But here is an old but good article about backpacking and weight Loss:

http://jwbasecamp.com/Articles/Weight_Loss/Weight_Loss.html

I am guilty of buying new, expensive gear to minimize my pack weight. I should focus on losing body weight and reducing my waist size instead. It is cheaper and healthier.
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2011, 08:03:41 PM »

I am more than with you on this one, Cap'n.  Recent article in last Backpacker Magazine has me convinced that I need to do more backpacking and less day hiking to lose weight. 
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2011, 08:19:18 PM »

Let me test this on April 19th.  I am going to back pack from Waterville to ?.  I am logging my rations, pack weight, hours, and miles.  Hope to see the pounds drop. According to the calculators on line, I should burn 7000 calories per day.  I am only to consume 3000.  

http://www.nutristrategy.com/caloriesburnedwalking.htm

http://www.livestrong.com/article/296014-calories-per-day-burned-when-backpacking/

http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.php

Had one that figured the pack weight--will try to find it again.
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2011, 08:46:18 AM »

Poppie - could you share some links to those online calculators you mention?

Thanks,
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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2011, 10:10:41 AM »

Shed Extra Pounds Quickly and Safely
Backpacking and Weight Loss
By Jim Wood
Published April 14, 2005
Last update: April 23, 2005

http://jwbasecamp.com/Articles/Weight_Loss/Weight_Loss.html
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2011, 09:26:10 PM »

This is excellent info for those "chunky" backpackers like myself.  Just did three days at Big South Fork, lost four pounds (mostly water I am certain, but I was drinking five to six liters per day).  My issue is I can't do a three day trip every weekend and fall off the calorie burning horse during the week.

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« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2011, 09:45:46 PM »

You are so right.

I backpacked across Burton last week and lost 3 pounds.  Took this week off to take care of things at home (my other home, not my tent)  Well, I put on 6 pounds.

I was on the "Body for Life" diet 9 years ago and lost over 40 pounds and have put 15 of that back.  I just started back on the diet again.  I am going to pump dumbell weight when not hiking.  The "Body for Life" diet is a carb + protein diet and worked for me.

I will loose weight next year on the AT and plan to see a nutritionist before I go so I will be ready to keep most of that weight off.

I am open to all ideas except to Adkin's Plan.  Had a Friend that messed himself up with that one.  Good diet if you follow ALL of the plan.
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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2012, 07:59:31 PM »

Hello, new here. I started hiking almost a year ago and i have lost nearly 100 lbs.
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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2012, 08:49:02 AM »

Mark - That is EXCELLENT news!  I wish I could say the same.  I hike and backpack alot, but...I love food and beer!   Grin

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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2012, 04:21:06 PM »

I love Beer & Food.... and Hiking to the closest Bed & Breakfast, That has my favorite treats... Yeah Buddy...
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« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2012, 08:53:21 PM »

Mark - That is EXCELLENT news!  I wish I could say the same.  I hike and backpack alot, but...I love food and beer!   Grin

Buckeye

I like food also, i haven't really changed my diet much. I guess im just happy Akron has an excellent metro park system. 
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