Body Fat v Gear Weight Savings

Discussion in 'Hiking Chat' started by paul, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. 7wave

    7wave Trail Blazer

    Bootcamp and a 1000 km thru hike.
  2. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Yeah its not an equation, simply illustrating that losing 1lb a week by under eating it will take over 6 months to lose 2 stone (i.e a long time under eating). I've now lost 10lb in 5 weeks.

    FB must have been doing some serious exercise, well done to him, didn't realise he lost that much
  3. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Definitely the better way, it just doesn't work for me....I've tried running 3mile 3-4 times a week, I cannot maintain it due to time, desire etc...and it increased my appetite and reduced my willpower. I just don't have the time for numerous long walks. I'll increase exercise as I lose more weight though.
  4. Quixoticgeek

    Quixoticgeek Ultralighter

    This is always an interesting one. If I didn't reduce my pack weight, I wouldn't be able to get out on the hills. Seeing as walking is my main exercise, losing pack weight, should hopefully see me lose the Kummerspek.

    I find it harder than most, people say "give up the alcohol". I brew beer for a living...

  5. Gazelle

    Gazelle Ultralighter

    Are you hiring? I think I'd be great at brewing beer :D

    Perhaps increasing pack weight will help?
  6. Quixoticgeek

    Quixoticgeek Ultralighter

    Being good at drinking it isn't actually as much requirement to brewing great beer as you might think. Lifting 51kg casks, and 25kg sacks of grain is...

    Nope, I tried that, it just lead to injuries that left me barely able to walk. I either lighten my pack, or I don't go for a walk. It's an upsetting situation.

  7. Gazelle

    Gazelle Ultralighter

    It was always lifting the 35+kg family tents I struggled with when it was my job...

    My favourite way to lighten my pack is to eat all of the food in it :D
    Setting off for a trip feeling decidedly unprepared seems to involve saving weight too...
  8. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    At the other end of the scale, has anyone lost weight and found they went too skinny?

    I went down to 70kg a while ago
    As i'm 5'8" and stocky i still had a bit of tummy on me, but wasn't what folks would describe as "that fat bloke"

    Found i really really didn't like being that weight.
    Felt very weak, my confidence wasn't great (odd for me) and i always seemed to be ill and cold :eek:

    80kg seems to be about the sweet spot for me, but i've got a gut on me at that weight though
  9. ndy BB

    ndy BB Hiker

    took this pic in Florida this year - seems kinda appropriate for this thread:)


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