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hello

I have 5 kgs to lose and in the past I barely did exercise .
I started walking 3 weeks ago for 1 hour 5 days a week with dieting.
but ever since I started walking ..I feel my calves and thighs are getting bigger.

my 2 question are : does walking make your calves and thighs look bigger ?and since walking make u build muscles...will I lose weight slowly and not fast cause of the muscles?

thx a lot

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Hello Jll,

I don't think it's very likely that your calves and thighs are getting bigger from walking. It would take some rather dedicated and more extreme exercise (perhaps uphill biking or purposeful weight lifting) to enlarge these muscles.
In fact, I would think walking would make them more toned.

It's true that if you do build muscle while losing fat your weight according to the scale may not change.
But, what is your end goal? To see the number on the scale go down? To look better? To be fit and healthy?

If you question whether your legs are getting bigger, consider performing weekly measurements with a tape measure.
And if you want to track your body fat % there are scales sold in sporting goods stores and department stores that can help you do that.

Keep up the good habit of walking--whether or not you lose 5 kg from it, there are numerous benefits to your health!

Laurie  

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Laurie Beebe, MS, RD, LD

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As a registered dietitian (RD)I am fully qualified to accurately answer questions regarding weight loss, including those from people with health conditions requiring dietary restrictions (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc) who want to lose weight, or who have been advised to do so by their physician.

Experience

I have been a registered dietitian for over 30 years and have a certificate in Adult Weight Management through the commission on dietetic registration at Level 1 and Level 2. I am also trained in coaching through Coach U and currently work as a diet coach to help people lose weight the healthy way, through gradual habit changes.

Organizations
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group, Nutrition Entreprenuers, St.Louis International Coach Federation, Toastmasters

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Livestrong.com, Glamour.com, Ezinearticles.com, Ehow.com, Today's Dietitian

Education/Credentials
Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Florida, 1983; Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University 1985; Certificate in Adult Weight Management 2006; CoachU core essentials grad 2007; Level 2 certificate in Adult Weight Management 2010.

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