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Topic: New article: "Backpacking and Weight Loss"
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Jim_Wood

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Registered: 1/30/05
New article: "Backpacking and Weight Loss"
Posted: Apr 15, 2005 3:29 PM
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If you've ever wondered about the relationship between backpacking and weight loss on the trail,
you may be interested in a new article that's just been released. You can find it here:

http://jwbasecamp.com

Jim Wood.


buzzards

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Registered: 4/3/05
Re: New article: "Backpacking and Weight Loss"
Posted: Apr 16, 2005 1:44 AM
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Based on many years of going on 6-8 day trips, carrying 40-60 pounds the first day before I started to consume food and fuel, and being in what I call "soft shape"-a bit overwieght, but putting in 6-9 miles a week walking either around town or at the gym, I would agree with the basic theory that the backcountry is an excellent place to shed some poundage, though 7-10 pounds a week seems both kind of high and a bit unsafe. My own experience has been 3-5, though this measurement was usually taken after the post hike pig-out of either pizza or a double cheeseburger and milkshake.


Spirit Walker

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Re: New article: "Backpacking and Weight Loss"
Posted: Apr 16, 2005 9:18 PM
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A lot of it depends on how much weight you have to lose. Someone who is 40 or 50 lbs overweight will lose it, quickly. Men will lose weight much more quickly than women - who will generally go into 'starvation mode' fairly quickly. On a long hike, I may lose 5 lbs. My husband can lose 10-15 lbs on a two week trip. On his thruhikes, he lost 40 - 55 lbs. Midway through the CDT, he looked like a concentration camp survivor. I just looked fit. Someone who is already thin and fit (like Brian Robinson in the attached article) won't lose any weight.


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big_load

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Registered: 6/15/04
Re: New article: "Backpacking and Weight Loss"
Posted: Apr 17, 2005 12:11 AM
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It's not too far off in my experience. I'm 5'10", 140 lbs and generally lose 5 lbs on a 4-5 day trip in steep country, especially if I have to carry 2-3 days of water.


Squaretop

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Registered: 2/11/02
Re: New article: "Backpacking and Weight Loss"
Posted: Apr 17, 2005 9:34 AM
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Good article.


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