Your 6-Week Belly Fat Blasting Walking Plan

Jessica Smith
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Your 6-Week Belly Fat Blasting Walking Plan

Melt off belly fat faster with this progressive walking plan, created by Jessica Smith, a certified personal trainer and creator of the “Walk On: Walk Off Belly Fat 5 Days A Week!” program, that combines the power of interval training with the belly fat-blasting effectiveness of walking.

YOUR WALKING GUIDE

When it comes to your walking pace, gauge your intensity on a scale of 1–10 — a 5–6 effort should have you breathing quickly, but still allow you to carry on a conversation easily. An 8–9 effort should have you breathing very heavily and able to answer yes or no questions only. Since your intensity varies with your personal fitness level, vary your speed and power to reach the recommended effort range for each walk.

POWER WALK

This walk is steady but strong. After walking for 3 minutes at an easy pace to warm up, focus on maintaining a steady effort level of a 5–6 intensity until you’ve completed your session for the day (be sure to spend about 3–5 minutes walking at an easy pace to cool down, catch your breath and complete your walk).

HIIT WALK

Go the distance in less time with this interval walk! After walking for 3 minutes at an easy pace to warm up, begin repeating your HIIT interval sets (spend 3 minutes walking at a brisk pace, at an intensity of about a 5–6, power walk or jog at 1 minute at an intensity of an 8–9) until you’ve completed your session for the day (be sure to spend about 3–5 minutes walking at an easy pace to cool down, catch your breath and complete your walk).

EASY WALK

It’s important not to over do it, and this active recovery walk is all about keeping a balance in your fitness routine. Plus, science has shown stress relief is a great way to help reduce belly-fat causing cortisol levels. This walk is all about enjoying the movement (stride at a comfortable 3–4 effort level). Take in your surroundings, focus on feeling good — try to be mindful of your breath and steps along the way.

6-WEEK BELLY FAT BLASTING WALKING PLAN

HOW IT WORKS



Your walking time gradually increases each week to build up to the proven, belly busting total of 150–210 minutes of walking per week.

The main point is to make it work for you. If you’re already a regular walker, feel free to add additional time to your walk — or extra days if you feel up for more. You can also skip ahead to the weeks that contain more walking and simply repeat the schedule from there. It’s easy to switch the daily and weekly schedule as you see fit, just be sure to make it work for you. It’s also a great idea to cross-train with other activities such as strength training, stretching and other movement such as bicycling, swimming, etc., to avoid overuse injuries and continue to build strength and endurance.

Walk with good posture, keeping your abs drawn slightly in (you should still be able to breathe comfortably), with your shoulders back and chest wide. Drive your arms back and forth to help power up your pace.

Of course, it’s important to note that nutrition plays a vital role in the permanent reduction of belly fat. Consuming nutritious food in the right amount is important and some research also suggests adding foods that help fight inflammation to your diet may also assist losing deep abdominal fat, so be sure you are also pairing your walks with healthy meals for the best results.

Notes: Your total walk time can include your warmup and cooldown — or not — it’s up to you. If you have enough time, add the additional 6–10 minutes to gradually warm up for and wrap up your walks to your walk total for the day (if, for example, your HIIT walk is 15 minutes, you’ll really be walking for 21 minutes with a 3 minute warm up and 3 minute cool down). However, if you are short on time, include the warm up and cool down into your daily total, just don’t skip them — it’s important to ease into and wind down your walk properly.

Remember that you can always adjust your walk days and times as needed to make them work for your schedule. And don’t forget to keep challenging yourself during the plan — as you become more fit, work on pumping up your pace when appropriate to cover more miles in less time.


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TELL US YOU’RE IN!
Are you going to join us for this plan? Leave a comment below and let us know. We’re here to support each other and be accountable.

Enjoy your walks, everybody. Don’t forget to have fun while you’re getting fit!

About the Author

Jessica Smith
Jessica Smith

As someone who struggled to lose weight for years, Jessica found that the key to her own 40-pound weight loss was making small, healthy lifestyle changes that led to big, lasting results. Now, as a certified wellcoach, fitness instructor and personal trainer, she has spent the last 15 years helping students and clients reach their goals in New York City, Los Angeles and Miami. She now reaches millions online through her YouTube Channel and home exercise DVD series. Please visit walkonwalkstrong.com to learn more about her fun, results-driven programs for all levels of exercisers.

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184 responses to “Your 6-Week Belly Fat Blasting Walking Plan”

  1. Marjorie Beck says:

    I’m in. I’ve used interval training walking before, and it works. I’ve let myself go after a 75-lb wait loss 4 years ago, and am returning to daily fitness routines. I look forward to this. Love this blog–very helpful.

    • Chris H says:

      I’ve been walking a lot. I mean A LOT. I do 8-11 miles a day. I’ve hit a wall/plateau and it’s driving me crazy.

  2. DeShawna Hill-Burns, MPA, RHIA says:

    I’m in

  3. LISHA says:

    I am in.

  4. Stephen says:

    I am in! Think this will be a good start

  5. Susan McMinn says:

    My son and I are in

  6. Laura says:

    Joining the 6-week walking plan and just did my first HIIT walk. Can you find a way to link this plan into MYP logging function so that I don’t have to create new exercises? Would make it VERY easy to jump in and stay on track.

  7. Ruth says:

    I’m in too!

  8. Kate Cone says:

    I’m in! Here in Maine, it’s still a bit cold (30’s, 40’s, some 50’s) but I’m really out of shape and just starting MFP. Thanks, Jessica!

  9. Andrea Mason says:

    My partner and I are in, we are starting at week 3. So glad I saw this blog. Good luck everyone

  10. Sharon Rosser Willis says:

    I’m in!

  11. Alexia says:

    I’m in

  12. Esli says:

    I’m in!

  13. Kiera Scoobs Prentice says:

    I’m in

  14. Jan Albert-Thenet says:

    I’m in – start Monday. Got a wedding to go to this weekend so probably gonna eat and drink more than I should.

  15. Linda C. says:

    I’m in!

  16. John Smyth says:

    In the hiit what is the interval between repetitions? I need to burn the belly. John in Ireland

    • Poisonesse says:

      Don’t think there is one. Walk at intensity of 5-6 for 3 minutes, then amp it up to intensity 8-9 for one minutes, then drop back to 5-6 for 3 minutes, amp it up for 1 minute, rinse and repeat until you’ve completed the amount of minutes in your schedule for the day. 😉

  17. Candy Miller says:

    I’m in!!

  18. Tammy Jackson says:

    I’m in

  19. Peggy W Satterfield says:

    I’m in! Can you tell me if this plan will work with a walker. I have to use one because my gate is off and I fall easily. How do I increase my walking speed and keep my balance at the same time.. I live in the country and the roads are not all paved,they are dirt roads.

  20. Scott Chapman says:

    Add Ruck if you really want to kick some butt!!

  21. JoAnn says:

    Thanks so much for the walking plan. I’m in!

  22. Cori says:

    I’m in!

  23. Heidi Stevenson says:

    I’m in.

  24. Tammie M Duncan says:

    I am in

  25. Lauretta says:

    I’m in!

  26. Greg says:

    If you don’t have a buddy or partner to walk with, walk with your dog if you have one. It’s a lot more fun even though they stop from time to time to sniff or go potty. Just make sure you check them for ticks when you return, especially if you take them on hiking trails

    • Peg Cochran says:

      Stop from time to time? LOL. My dog sniffs every blade of grass and greets every single person that comes by! Wish I could take him but he’s also getting up there at 13 and while he’s still very spry, I wouldn’t want to overtax him. Of course I’ll feel terrible leaving him behind…

  27. Carole Hoyer says:

    I am in!

  28. Janie Autrey says:

    Wish I had read this weeks ago! I’ve been trying to build speed have went from a Slow 20 minute pace per mile! To a 15 min/ per mile! I think I have overused my right hamstring is sore! I must continue to train for a PT test in 2 weeks! Any suggestions/ help for me to compete!

  29. Poisonesse says:

    I walk 6-9 miles a day, every day for the past few years… but I think what I’ve been missing is the HIIT! Thanks for a great plan! Oh… and I’m in.

  30. Karen says:

    I’m in! This sounds like a great 6 week plan!

  31. Tracey Cooksey says:

    I am in!

  32. Ja-9 says:

    I’ll start this week…not sure if this is the right spot to sign up…

  33. Terri says:

    I’m in! As soon as the rain lets up.

  34. Sarah Nelson says:

    I’m in. What do you suggest for maintenance after the 6 weeks?

  35. SK says:

    I’m in!

  36. HeatherC says:

    I’m in! I’ve been trying to figure out ways to change up my workouts and this sounds like a great plan to try right before summer. =)

  37. Hope says:

    I’m in!

  38. Nicole Garner says:

    How many mph on the treadmill are equivalent to the 5–6 intensity? What about the 8-9 intensity?

    • Kris says:

      I’m pretty sure these are up to you. As in a 10 is the highest intensity you can possibly do, think “running from a rabid dog”. 5-6 would be increasing your heart rate and breathing but at a pace you can maintain for a while. 1 would be a stroll.

    • David Claude Warlick says:

      A 5-6 is a comfortable walk on the treadmill, say about 3.5 MPH. An 8-9 is the same treadmill speed as the 5-6, but you must use a “run” form rather than a “walk” form. That is, at your comfortable walking speed on the treadmill, break into a run. You will look like you are running but your speed will not go up. Your beats per minute will climb to the 8-9 range.

  39. David Simbo says:

    I’m in

  40. Lou Ascarrunz says:

    I’m in

  41. Charles Murray says:

    I’m in

  42. Rachel Bell says:

    Im in

  43. Rhys Smith says:

    im in

  44. Estelle Bronkhorst says:

    Want to join, but can’t right now. Still recovering from an abdominal surgery so will want to strengthen those muscles without putting any big strain on them at first. Doctor also recommended walking as the best exercise along with the chemo therapy I just started. Any suggestions on starting out so I don’t over do it too quickly?

  45. Richard says:

    I’m a regular walker, currently getting legs in order for 105km overnight walk for charity in a few weeks. Must say now reached 40 years old, the walking alone is only half the battle, I still eat and drink way too much to make a massive difference.

  46. Darren Thomas says:

    Igo power walking every morning at 5am before i start work for 10 k i pull my stomach in every over lampost lost 2 stone iam adicted too it i feel realy strong and healthy iam 51 years old do u think iam doing too much ?i go even further on a weak end i have a active job as a scaffolder aswell ??

  47. Jackie says:

    Sounds good! Do w anyone do this on an indoor track?

  48. Karin Sutter says:

    I’m in

  49. Clare Davies says:

    I’m in

  50. Paulie says:

    I’m going to give it a try. I’ve lost 10.2kg over the past 12 months, but the force is strong in the belly fat.

  51. sportsbiz says:

    Would like to try this out but I use a cane while walking. Any suggestions on how to fit this in with a cane? I can probably handle the power walk, with some difficulty, but I’m not sure how to ad HIIT given my limitations. Frankly, the power walk is probably at the upper edge, given the cane and my walking difficulties. Any suggestions on how to make it work so that it could still help me lose some of this way too much belly fat? Thanks everyone.

    • Teesa says:

      I’m in the same situation. I use my cane to walk. I would love some pointers to join in. Thanks

    • David Claude Warlick says:

      I doubt that you could reach HIIT with a cane. You might do better with a machine, such as a recumbent bike or an elliptical. If you use a treadmill, you must rest the bottom of the cane on one of the foot rails, as the cane will fly off the back if it ever touches the moving belt.

  52. dben9 says:

    Definitely going to start this plan on Saturday, April 28, 2018!

  53. Pamela says:

    I’m definitely going to try this walking plan! I don’t have anyone to walk with so I’m going to need some motivation from the Community!

    • Audiana says:

      Walking alone can be hard at first but keep at it, it can be great and you will love how you feel later!

  54. Pam Schnorbus Andrew says:

    I’m in

  55. Lizzie says:

    I’m in

  56. Swapna Mazumder says:

    Can I follow this plan on a treadmill? Do I need to make any specific adjustments? Will it be as effective on a treadmill as outdoors walking?

    • David Claude Warlick says:

      Yes, you can be as effective on a treadmill as you can outdoors. There is no air resistance on a treadmill. Pay no attention to your outdoor speed (where there is air resistance). Set your treadmill to a comfortable pace (probably 2.5-3.5 MPH). Or raise the incline above 0.5%. Personally, I do much of my exercising on treadmills.

  57. Kamara Taylor says:

    I’m in. Ready to lose this belly fat

  58. Shelly says:

    I’m in.

  59. Eva Jones says:

    Starting this walking plan on May 7th, 2018. Wish me luck and success during the next 6 weeks.

  60. Hala says:

    How effective is this? Has anyone tried it?

  61. Dau Dinh says:

    Sharing here for accountability. Starting this 6-week walking plan today with a friend @ work. We are walking at lunchtime.

  62. Jules says:

    I’m In! May 11, 2018

  63. Natana Valiveti says:

    Looking for support from the group. I want to start the 6-week plan starting today. Help anyone?

  64. Talia Dukes says:

    I definitely plan on trying this. I e just seriously started walking a couple of days ago.

  65. Kathy Tirado says:

    It’s worth a try! I’m in!

  66. Robert Wilgus says:

    I’ll give it a try. Anything to help lose this belly fat.

  67. George Willis says:

    Started my walking journey about 2 years ago. I was very unhealthy and overweight. Like a lot of folks I thought to get in shape I needed to run. Huge mistake, first morning was miserable and very painful. Tried it off and on for a couple weeks, mostly off because I found all kinds of excuses not to run. Finally one morning an epiphany! Get up and stroll!! That’s exactly what I did. What an enjoyable experience. I just strolled in the early morning. No ear buds, just me and God and His creation. I listened to the birds and geese and smelled the woods and took in the early breeze and freshness of the morning. I could not wait for the next morning to do that again. In fact I was up before the alarm. I was addicted to “strolling” that quickly. Within just a couple weeks I was stepping up the pace with no discomfort or pain. At some point in my journey I got Map My Walk app. Game changer!! I really started upping the pace. Within like 5 months I was cranking out 14-15 minute miles and maintaining that pace for 5 to 6 miles. Needless to say combined with a good eating plan, lean proteins, salads, plain oatmeal sweetened with fruit, knocked out sugar and bad carbs the weight began to melt off. I then began jogging every grade I came to on my walking routes and after getting to the top (took me awhile to be able to get to the top of some of them jogging all the way) going back into a fast power walk. I confess I am totally addicted now to walking/jogging. I have dropped 80 lbs. and kept it off. I am 59 and feel better than I did at 39. I work out in a gym 3 to 4 times a week with weights and core strength building. I do 100 push ups a day and can hold a full plank for 2 minutes. It all started with strolling. A slow easy enjoyable stroll. You will do what you enjoy. Don’t push it too hard in the beginning. Just stroll because strolling is enjoyable and again we tend to do what we enjoy. Please I can’t stress this enough for those of you who are struggling to get in shape. Just stroll! I promise you it will take off from there. You’ll be power walking before you know it. Maybe depending on your age and or other factors it’s not possible for you to power walk or jog, no problem, just keep strolling. You’ll still get the great benefits and an increase in health. Do it tomorrow morning, get up and stroll and keep strolling your way into health.

    • Joey F says:

      Thank you for sharing that! I have struggled with weight since I started gaining at about age 9. Will be 45 this fall. I am sitting at about 30# from my heaviest ever but can’t seem to break through this plateau I’ve been at for a few years.
      Your story is wonderful!

      • George Willis says:

        Hey Joey, you can do this my friend. I have always been so far from being some kind of uber disciplined kind of person. So starting out strolling just clicked with me. I enjoyed it and from there it just kind of took on a life of it’s own. Now I find myself being that more disciplined person. I don’t feel right if for some reason my walking gets interrupted or I can’t get to the gym. Even now I’ll occasionally leave the Map My Walk off and just go for a stroll again. It reminds me all over again of why I enjoy walking so much. Go for it, you can do this!

    • Nichole Burns says:

      Thanks for the great post. Im going to start on Monday. Today makes day 10 days of healthy eating. Time to start adding a stroll.

      • Michelle Erler says:

        Good for you! I am right there with you. I’ve been eating better for the last couple weeks. Time for the exercise! I’ll be
        starting on Monday as well. Let’s keep each other accountable!

      • George Willis says:

        Hey Nichole just checking in to see how your strolling / walking journey is going.

    • Jocelyn Montini says:

      I so understand your feelings when connecting to nature George….have a wonderful day

    • Devonne Ellis says:

      I am reading this and remembering how I started my walking journey. It started because I looked in the mirror and said no more.Good for you George! I have since had health issues and gain some weight back but I am back at the gym and treadmill. I feel so much better when I go and exercise! I hope to continue in between taking care of family.

      • George Willis says:

        Good for you Devonne!! I love your comment, “I looked in the mirror and said no more.” That seems to be where change begins on so many levels, when we confront the reality of who we are determine we are going to make changes. Thank you for your post.

        • Devonne Ellis says:

          Thanks George! I love My Fitness Pal. I at times forget to post especially when I have to travel to see about my Mother. I am trying to stay focused on my health!

      • Dermot says:

        Hi Devonne, It was the mirror that did it for me too that got me too wake up from my rut . When looking after every body else its easy to forget yourself , Hopefully i can emulate everyone else here. Cheers

        • Devonne Ellis says:

          Yes, It is easy to forget yourself when looking after others. I am happy for you! It begins from within. Thank you for your comment.

    • Vivvic says:

      Thanks for the great post – all of this is so true…it’s not necessary to do workouts with the word insanity or turbo in them to get fit. I love my walks and look forward to them. They can be high or low intensity- I need to lose ten pounds and I know that with walking, I can have fun losing it!

  68. Raegan Milan says:

    I’m in

  69. Marilee says:

    I have been walking for years. I do around five miles a day. My goal for at least three of those days is an hour and twenty minutes. Before starting out I stretch for about 15 minutes, too. It definitely controls your belly fat. Walking alone is good therapy, you can plan your day, work through problems, count your blessings, pray, see what’s going on in your neighborhood, and just enjoy being out. Do it, you have nothing to lose except some belly fat, lol xo

  70. lizziej1 says:

    I am in!

  71. Thatsavagegrl says:

    I’m in! This is my third go around with weight loss and fitness and want this last round to be the final no more stopping and re- starting. It’s sooooo hard starting over! I will definitely need encouragement.

    • Jules says:

      Ive been on that roller coaster all my life culminating in a heart attack last October definitely motivated to make these changes

  72. disqus_1uEOD4JUhM says:

    does this work equally well on a treadmill?

  73. Slogbelly says:

    Pencil me in. I already use an elliptical at least 3 ties a week, but will push it even further.

  74. Bobbie Bishop says:

    I’m in

  75. Robin Hart says:

    Going to give this a try, to strengthen knee replacement and get rid of some belly fat that I accumulated post-surgery (6 mos. ago)

  76. Arnie says:

    what would be a suggestion i have been walking 11k as an average but usually are between 10k and 15k everyday usually HR is 100-110, sometimes i have tried for a short time to get it up to 120. my walks are usually between 40 min to 1 1/2 hours. Should I change my routing

    • David Claude Warlick says:

      You are doing great! However, you can’t get to 120 beats per minute (bpm) while walking unless perhaps you go fast (i.e., you are an Olympic race walker) or you go long (i.e., you walk to exhaustion). Hills will definitely add to your beats per minute. You seem like you are wearing a Heart Rate monitor. If you want to get to 120 bpm, then walk on a rolling route. When you get to the downhill parts, start running slowly until you drive your HR to your desired zone. Walk the other parts. Keep doing as many intervals of run/walk as necessary to sustain your desired bpm.

  77. James says:

    What’s HIIT workout?

    • Jules says:

      It is in the article – they do explain it. I think it is the beginning where they talk about effort levels

      • David Claude Warlick says:

        To reach HIIT levels, walk comfortably on a treadmill until you are warmed up. You might be at an incline of 0% and a speed of 3.2 MPH, but this will vary on your conditioning. Now start running. Do not touch the controls. Keep your incline and speed at your comfortable walking levels. The only change is that now you will look like you are running if anyone is looking. You will find that running at your walking speed is easy yet it still will pump your heart to the HIIT range.

  78. Peg Cochran says:

    I’m in! I’ve been promising myself to get walking ever since it finally stopped snowing (not very long ago!). I may spend a week just strolling to get started and then move on to this plan. I’ve always loved walking–I lived and/or worked in NYC for 30 years and you couldn’t get anywhere without walking. I miss it!

  79. Cynthia valderrama says:

    I’m in

  80. Lisamarie Dingmon says:

    I am in! Started walking four or five times a week a couple of months ago when I retired but can’t seem to lose any belly fat. Wish me luck!

  81. Kay says:

    Count me in!!!! I need to loose 50 pounds and after trying diet after diet only to see no results, my motivation is low. I’m also disabled and need exercise.

  82. Angel Brown says:

    I’m in, I’m mixing cardio kickboxing with walking as my work out routine. I do kickboxing 3 to 4 times a week and walking 1-2 to mix it up. I like the idea of HIIT. Going to do this today! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/90d8a8e4a41969fa37cf2faabbbbd5f8d0a1752d2ada3f9ee63ad2a0694c7406.jpg

  83. Lukacs says:

    Question on the 1-10 Intensity level: what does a “5-6” or “8-9” compare to as a heart rate % of max? For those of us with a monitor, seems helpful to use that more accurate measure. Thanks!

    • David Claude Warlick says:

      Just add “0% maxHR” to the intensity level. A 6 becomes a “60% maxHR.” Walking at 60% of your maximum Heart Rate will earn you 2 Intensity Minutes (IM) on your watch for each minute that you walk. You will earn 1 IM for slower speeds. The author’s preferred range would put you at 80-90% maxHR. Your watch should compute your maxHR based on your minHR (i.e., your heart rate in the middle of the night). Otherwise, just subtract your age from 220 beats per minute (bpm). A 70yo like me would have a maxHR of 220-70 or 150 bpm.

  84. Kristy says:

    I’m in!

  85. Lisa Brown says:

    I’m in!

  86. V. Wynn says:

    I’m in!

  87. Rachelle says:

    I’m in…

  88. Kristine Wiley McGrew says:

    I’m going to give it a try. I really need to get fit and lose some weight but finances are tight, so a gym is out….but this is FREE! Perfect!

  89. Brenda says:

    I’m in

  90. Khilida Blair-Dixon says:

    I’m ready to join

  91. Peg says:

    I’m in! I have already started walking but this gave me some great ideas to increase the challenge!

  92. Cathy Shank says:

    I’m in , will start day one tomorrow

  93. Beth Somebody says:

    I’m in

  94. Bernard Murray II says:

    I’m in. Anybody use fitbit?

  95. Liz Chabra says:

    I will try. With foot and some knee issues!

  96. Sarah Colley Summers says:

    I’m in on this Belly Fat Blasting Walking Plan starting tomorrow. Looking forward to it.

  97. jim says:

    You talk of effort levels, but effort levels are not useful without some way to measure them. Request you mention minutes per mile, which can easily be measured when walking.

    • David Claude Warlick says:

      Hi Jim. Minutes per mile might not be useful, as the correct pace would vary from 2 MPH to 12 MPH depending on one’s conditioning. Here is an easy way to get to the author’s 8-9 intensity level. Set your treadmill to a comfortable walk (probably 2.5-3.5 MPH, but if you are super conditioned it could be 3.5-4.5 MPH). Warmup for 5 minutes. Break into a run for the remainder of your exercise period. Do not change the treadmill’s speed or incline. The only change you will make from your walk to your run is in form, not in speed or incline. The change in form should be adequate to push you to the 8-9 intensity level. This will be about 80-90% of your maximum Heart Rate. Wear very soft shoes if you are a bouncy runner.

  98. Bobbie Doran says:

    I am 54 years old but consider myself active, but evidently I am doing something wrong! I saw this 6 week belly blasting walk and I am going to give it a try. I have spent lots of money on trying to lose weight and have been unsuccessful. I have eaten salads with tuna everyday at work and protein shakes for breakfast, a light supper, exercise at the local gym and I am still the same size that I started with. It is important for me to feel healthy, it doesn’t cost anything to walk so thank you for the easy guide to go by. I just finished a 7 day 10,000 step challenge but I still have my belly fat and weight I am hanging onto but ready to get rid of! I do not have a good support system, doing this on your own is hard! I have been ready some of these success stories, thanks for sharing, it gives me encouragement!

  99. mainegirl says:

    I’m in! I’ve been a runner in the past and really want to get back to running. This seems like a good work up to that goal.

    • David Claude Warlick says:

      If your goal is to run, then do some of your walking on a treadmill. Set your treadmill to a comfortable walking speed. After a 5-minute warmup, start to run. Do not change any of your settings, simply change your form from walking to running. You will be “running” at your walking speed. Do this fake run for whatever length of time you normally run (say 60 minutes). You will quickly regain your ability to go long.

  100. Daniel Magness says:

    This is one of the best blogs I have read on MyFitnessPal. Thank you Jessica for sharing this effective and flexible walking plan. I have been successful with a continuous 3 day cycle of 2 days of challenging walk/run workouts and 1 day of strength training. Doing that cycle mixed with a delicious whole food diet consistently (key word – consistently) makes feel better than anything else I have tried in life. I find joy in overcoming the darkness.

  101. uma srilakshmi says:

    hi, is this an outside walk or treadmill ? if on treadmill, it’s with 0 incline?

    • David Claude Warlick says:

      An incline will increase your heart’s beats per minute (bpm). If you are wearing a fitness watch, set the treadmill’s incline and speed to where you earn 2 Intensity Minutes per minute of exercise. This will be equivalent to the author’s 8-9 intensity level. Without a watch, just set your treadmill’s incline and speed to something comfortable for you. Walk for 5 minutes at a comfortable pace for you. Then without touching the controls, start to run. This will be an easy run, done at the same incline and speed that you found comfortable for walking. Just the change from walking to running (no other change!) will pump your heart to the 8-9 intensity level (i.e., 80-90% of your maximum Heart Rate). Your maximum Heart Rate is approximately 220 bpm less your age (i.e., 220-70 for me, or a maximum of 150 bpm and an 80-90% intensity of 120-135 bpm).

  102. Nicole Robinson says:

    Can I follow this plan on a treadmill? Do I need to make any specific adjustments? Will it be as effective on a treadmill as outdoors walking?

    • David Claude Warlick says:

      Yes, you can. Set your treadmill to a comfortable walking speed, say 2.5-3.5 MPH. Walk for 5 minutes. Then, without changing your treadmill’s speed, break into a run. You will look to bystanders to be running, but your speed will be the same as when you were walking. Running at your walking speed should be easy for you. Even though the run is easy, you will pump your heart rate to the 80-90% of maximum Heart Rate. This 80-90% of maxHR will correspond to the author’s 8-9 intensity level. You will get a little more bounce from the running than you would from the walking, so wear soft shoes that are laced tightly.

  103. Mary Price says:

    Hello! Count me in. I will start tomorrow – Tuesday morning. Mary Price

  104. John Cedarane says:

    Thanks, Jessica Smith

    Its great and knowledgeable post for 6 Week Belly Fat Blasting Walking Plan. Really Great. Thanks Once again for this post.

  105. Stella Batchelor says:

    I am definitely in!!!! I quit smoking two years ago, and I’ve gained 50 pounds since then. I feel awful, and I’m tired all the time. The whole point to quitting smoking was to be healthier, but I only managed to trade one bad habit for another so now I’ve made a healthy meal plan and will incorporate this into my exercise schedule. After reading the comments here, I can hardly wait to get started!!!

  106. Jim says:

    Please define what the intensity levels mean.

  107. Jim says:

    Please define what the intensity levels mean. How do I measure them?

    • David Claude Warlick says:

      Fitness watches that cost more than $100 should be able to measure Intensity Minutes (IM) and Beats per Minute (bpm). These IM aren’t the same as the article’s intensity levels, but you can estimate one from the other. A watch will reward you 1 Intensity Minute for walking a minute at less than 60% of your maximum heart rate (maxHR), and 2 Intensity Minutes for walking a minute above 60%. The rule of thump is that your maxHR is 220 bpm less your age (ie, about 220-70 for me, or 150 bpm, so my 60% is 90 bpm). If you are getting 1 IM per minute of walking, you are likely in the author’s 5-6 intensity level (below 60% maxHR). If you are getting 2 IM per minute of walking, you are likely in the author’s 6-10 intensity level (above 60% maxHR). Is this too complicated? Then just walk on your treadmill. Set your treadmill to a comfortable pace for you, something like 2.5 to 3.5 MPH. Walk for 5 minutes to warm up. Then start running. You will look like you are running, but your treadmill speed will be the same as when you were walking. You will find that running at your walking speed is not difficult, and it will put you in the 70-80% maxHR range so that you are in the author’s recommended intensity levels.

  108. Jim says:

    Please define what the intensity levels mean. How do I measure them ? minutes per mile ?

    • Jules says:

      It is defined by the individual from what i understand. At a 5-6 you should still be able to talk fairly easily but you are working harder than an easy warm up stroll. At 8-9 you should be able to answer yes or no questions.

  109. Glenda says:

    I’m in!

  110. Chris Zuccolin says:

    I will be starting this tomorrow, but what is a HIIT walk versus a power walk or an easy walk? I would assume an easy walk is just that, a walk….is there a stride rate or heart rate we are looking for in the other two…would love some clarification.

  111. Chris Zuccolin says:

    Nevermind, I just went up to the top of the article, and she tells me at the beginning what they mean…..too impatient, thanks

  112. Michael Usborne says:

    I am in! Started today. I have been an on and off walker for years, decided that after a long winter of inactivity I needed some structure, goals and incentive.

    • Jules says:

      Way to go Michael! I started last week and it was harder than I thought. I may stay at week 1 for a while…. You can do it!!!

  113. Angela Flickema says:

    I’m in. We have no students during the summer so I have time to begin healthy habits without considering if I need to make sure I get photos for social media/publications or other marketing material. I am also participating in the Great Cycle Challenge to support children’s cancer research. Out of all the options for exercise, walking is my favorite.

  114. Melissa Cerda says:

    I am in! Can’t wait to start! Hope that I can actually go through with the whole plan. I always seem to start off really well but then just stop in the middle of any plan

  115. Jess M says:

    2 weeks ago I decided I was sick of being unhappy with my body and changed my diet & exercise. I’m a real chocoholic so this has been hard! I’ve been doing a 40 minute power walk on the treadmill 5 days a week (while my 2 yr old naps) and cant wait to start seeing results. I can usually stick to it for 5-6 weeks but I get discouraged after I hit the 3-4kg mark & plateau. Does anyone have any advice on how to stay motivated and get passed that?

  116. Jennifer Tindle says:

    I have joined a Nordic Walking group. This form of walking can be described as ‘ a walk with a workout’ and calorie loss for about an hours walk can be over 500 cals. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys exercising outdoors. Local groups can be found online.

  117. Janice says:

    Janice- I’m starting this tomorrow. I’m 58 and need to lose the belly bulge and gain back my energy. I bike and try to stay active but I’m one who needs the stability of a plan. This I can do!

  118. Mandy D Clayton says:

    I’m going to give this a try! 🙂

  119. Josh says:

    Not trying to hate. But is this app designed specifically for women. I am a man and every day I get news on my homepage that seems written by women for women. None of it’s bad stuff, but as a man I was hoping that it would include info relevant to me. So far it seems like a bunch of stuff about melting belly fat and checking the scale too often. Not to mention the ridiculous advertisements with pretty new dresses. All of that stuff is fine, IF YOUR A GIRL! But I’m not. Ive only had the app for two weeks, so I might just have joined at an odd time, but so far it seems like this app is managed by a team full of women. It would be nice if some of the informatio were catered towards men. Hopefully this is recieved as helpful feedback and not pointless criticism

  120. Stefb757 says:

    I’m in! The 6-week walking plan is perfect. And the inspiration from George is the icing on the cake too get started

  121. Rebecca says:

    Can you please explain the walks and the intensities. Didn’t really understand the numbers.
    Can this be done on a treadmill?

  122. Michael Usborne says:

    I’m in. Started in March, quit, started again in June, quit after 1 week. Started again in July after my 17 yr old granddaughter ran her first Utica Boilermaker and challenged me to run with her next year. I’ll be 70. I used to run often in my 30’s and 40’s, not much since. I’m healthy but slow. 😉

  123. Jocelyn Montini says:

    Good Morning Everyone !
    I’m in too….yesterday went on a lovely hike with a friend over the hills around my home, this will help me keep on walking instead of lolling around on the couch now school hols are on ! Im a healthy 62 yr old, but laziness and some depression bouts mean I just let go sometimes..
    I am using Map your Hike which is great for hill walks..
    Just been brave and booked 8 days trekking in Israel in December so need to get in top form !

  124. Karen Lee Hendley says:

    I ride my bicycle for fitness during spring and summer and walk in the fall and winter. I struggled but finally lost 60 lbs. This winter I want to gradually incorporate running into my fitness plan and this walking plan sounds like a great way to start. I thought I could jog during the HIIT workouts for the one minute and walk four minutes. I could then slowly increase the jogging time.

  125. Shirlee Lane says:

    I wish a fitness trainer would build a program for seniors over sixty. One with knee or shoulder and hips replacement.. I have knee replacement and its difficult to get up and down. Please there is a real need for move training programs for this generation.. Agape shirlee

  126. Wasim says:

    Count me in, will start on Monday the 20th.

  127. Patricia Henderson says:

    I’m in!!!! I’ve been in a plateau for a year now. I’ve lost a solid 40 pounds, but I need to get over this crap!!! I’ve got around 40 to go!!!!

    • Cynthia Edwards says:

      I’m in exactly the same. I thought it was the world’s longest plateau … and it stinks. I am hoping a regular walking schedule will help amp up my fat-burning capability.

  128. Cynthia Edwards says:

    I’m interested to try the anti-belly-fat plan but how do I know what my intensity levels are? I assume they vary according to one’s fitness. But I have no idea what speed I’d need to walk in order to reach a 6 or 8 intensity level. Can anyone help me here? Thanks.

  129. Sherri Brandon-Dawe says:

    Already walking and trying to keep it fresh. My treadmill, thankfully, has different inclines from 0 to 10% and this plan will help change it even more. I can’t run, but I can power walk and HIIT walk. Looking forward to getting on my treadmill tonight.

  130. Caroline Kartsi Sørensen-Behm says:

    The perfect plan for being outdoors when the fall weather is at it’s best! I’m in!

  131. Jamie Schwartzott says:

    HELP! I can do this! I want to do this but I don’t have a special watch to keep track of 1 minute, 3 minutes, etc. How are y’all tracking the appropriate amount of time? Thanks! Jamie

  132. Barb says:

    I was already planning to start a walking program and this looks perfect! I will be starting tomorrow.

  133. Sistamommag says:

    I’m in. Started this morning before I read the article. I have lots of belly fat, but 3 weeks ago I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. I don’t want to take meds with all the awful side affects, one of them being weight gain!!! How does that make any sense? That day was my ground zero and I have changed so much in my lifestyle, my diet, my moving. I feel so much better already and when I don’t MOVE I have so much pain. I track daily, the good, the bad and the ugly. I haven’t had many ugly days, but the one day I went off the rails and ate out, the very next day I woke up bloated and sore. Salt & sugar astla-bye-bye. Thanks for the great tips.

  134. joann dispazio says:

    How would you adjust this plan for walking on a treadmill. Living in the northeast, we are getting into weather conditions and early darkness that doesn’t make it feasible to walk outside.

  135. heynow says:

    im inspired. im getting up off the couch as soon as i finish typing this. im walking all the way to the fridge for some ice cream

    • George Willis says:

      Sure, it’s all grins and giggles now. Then comes the day when you have to heave your ice cream bloated body off the couch and waddle all the way to the fridge, and when you get there lean against it heaving and gasping for air.

  136. Didier Dorga says:

    I’m going to start this tomorrow. Is there an easier way to use the plan besides downloading the pdf to my phone? It would be nice if it was integrated on the myfitness app.

  137. Orchid 1620 says:

    Been on a mission to lose weight and improve my health. Unfortunately I gained a lot of weight over the last 5 years and have lost about 25-30 on Keto. But I am stuck so this will be a good way to up my exercise and start getting me moving. 🙂

  138. Don Metoyer says:

    I am in!!

  139. Untethered Soles says:

    Are the HIIT intervals time intervals? I see picking up to 50-60% – I assume that hard work – what is the recovery time? Sorry if this has been asked, I browsed the questions and didn’t see it.

  140. Dermot says:

    Going to give this a try . Need to take some time out for me.

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