Walking And Light Exercise Does Nothing For Weight Loss!

WeightTraining.com Financial Samurai ChallengeI consider myself a health conscience guy who plays tennis three times a week, watches what he eats, and goes on frequent hikes and bike rides. That said, I’ve definitely been overweight before, and I came close again on my recent trip to Europe.

The reasons to stay relatively fit are as follows:

* I don’t want to die before my time. Although we don’t know when we will die, we can at least try and reduce our chances of an early death by eating right and exercising regularly.

* I don’t want to burden my family with unnecessary health complications. Being a burden to loved ones is a terrible, terrible thing. I would hate to see my wife, kids, or relatives have to constantly check in on me because I’ve received brain damage from a stroke, or can no longer go to the bathroom on my own due to some manly cancer.

* I don’t want to financially burden my fellow Americans who will have to subsidize my medical costs thanks to universal health care. As honorable citizens, we should try to give back more to our country more than we receive. This is the best way to ensure the health of our nation’s future.

* I don’t want to let my US Tennis Association teammates down when it’s time to battle other teams. We all train very hard in the off season so that come game time, we’re ready to compete. Being physically fit is standard, but can also be a huge edge as we battle less in shape competitors. Once we are fit, we can then concentrate on our skills and mental fitness which are crucial to winning matches.

* I’m frugal and don’t want to spend too much on new clothes. During the first year of college and the first year of work I had to buy new shirts and pants because I gained about 15 pounds. I’m not big into clothing in the first place, but when you’ve got to buy three new suits of different color, things add up! Dress shirts and jeans are easily $50-$200 each and higher. Imagine being able to fit in your jeans from 10-15 years ago, how much money you can save!

* I don’t want to ignore the plight of others. I grew up in several third world countries and I’ve witnessed immense poverty. When I know there are millions of people starving around the world, there’s no way I can overeat and not remember. America is a country of abundance and it’s easy to consume more than normal. We just have to remind ourselves how lucky we are, as we’re not even being asked to help others, only ourselves.

* I want to feel good. When I was heavier, I didn’t have as much energy and I didn’t feel as good about myself. I’d look at new pictures and come away shocked because they were so different from how I used to look. When you feel good, you look good. And when you look good, you have more confidence to succeed.

Despite all these reasons, I still find it very tough to stay in ideal weight of 152-163 pounds for someone 5 feet 10 inches tall. 152 pounds sounds ridiculously light, but hey, that’s what the doctors and researchers say is ideal weight for a medium bodied person my height, so who am I to make excuses?

The problem is, when I see a batch of lemon meringue mini pastries, I cannot help but eat six of them at a time! When there is all you can eat BBQ ribs, the same thing happens. Tell me I’m not the only one!


My friends and I walked on average four hours a day for 10 out of the 17 days we were in Europe. Our ship would dock by 8am, and we’d go from around 8:30am all the way to 5pm exploring every single city. That’s 8.5 hours off the boat at each port, with half the time walking.

Given it takes 16-20 minutes on average to walk a mile, we walked 12-15 miles a day for 10 days. We walked another three miles a day for the other seven days the rest of the time.  If we add up everything, we averaged about 8-9 miles of walking a day for 17 days!

During long lines at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, or during down time at the gardens of Catherine’s Palace in St. Petersburg, we’d try and get at least 30 pushups and 50 sit-ups in as well. The reason being we knew that a dinner buffet or scrumptious meal high in butter and joy awaited us once we returned to the ship!

Furthermore, we’d all hit the swimming pool and gym at least twice a week to try and get at least a 30 minute sweat in.


* Breakfast: Omellette, bacon, sausage, a couple mini pastries, Norweigan fish, and OJ.

* Lunch: Local meal on land if at port, or another buffet meal on board while at sea. We’d generally eat a salad, piece of flank steak, shrimp cocktail and some juice.

* Dinner: Rib-eye, filet mignon, prime rib, rack of lamb, beef wellington, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chef salads, creme brulee, hot fudge sundae, apple cobbler, cheese platters and much, much more.

* Evening snack and beverages: The restaurants would open up at 10pm again until midnight where you could eat the same food that they served during lunch. Every other night there would be some type of dessert extravaganza, and of course, if you are like me, you enjoy the cocktail at a ship bar or while you’re playing poker until 2am!

Despite the availability of food, I did my best to eat until slightly full and not pig out until I felt sick. I went for quality food items instead of quantity. But, when you are eating such treats every single day, it is hard not to put on some weight.

Mini Lemon Meringue Pies!

I ate 10 of them in two days


Now that you know my daily exercise routine and meal itinerary, guess how much weight I gained in just seventeen days? Remember, I walked 8-9 miles on average, put in the occasional work out, and tried to eat in moderation.

I went from 160 pounds to 170 pounds in two and a half weeks! To compare apples to apples, 10 pounds is a whopping 6% increase in body weight in such a short time.

I knew I was gaining weight because my jeans felt tighter each day that passed by, but I didn’t realize how much I gained until I got back to San Francisco. I was shocked after spending the first 3-4 months of the year trying to lose 8-10 pounds, I had gained it all back in just a matter of weeks.


The ideal body weight of 152-163 for someone 5′ 10″ pisses me off. As I mentioned in the beginning of the post, I have many reasons why I want to stay in shape, and I’m assuming that many of you guys have similar reasoning.

As a result, I’ve decided to join WeightTraining.com owned by Yakezie Member Joel to exercise more, track my progress, and have some fun competing with other people online who want to get in shape and stay in shape! WeightTraining.com offers free workout logging, an exercise database with 2,000+ exercises and various fitness challenges.

My exercise routine will be as follows:

* Three sets of 20 push-ups for a total of 60 a day

* Three sets of 50 sit-ups for a total of 150 a day

* Five hours of tennis a week

* One hour of biking a week

* One hour of hiking a week

The goal is to burn about 500 calories a day beyond normal activity.

As for food, I plan to go back to my normal eating habits of fruit and barley green in the morning, a regular lunch under 700 calories, and dinner under 1,000 calories for a total of 2,200 calories or less. If I can consume a net 1,700 calories a day, I’m pretty sure that within a couple months I’ll be able to get back down to 160 lbs and hopefully down to 155 lbs, the weight I was back in high school.

You can find me on WeightTraining.com with the account FinSamurai. WeightTraining.com motivates users to workout by rewarding points for logged workouts. This workout summary will give you a better idea on how exercises are accounted for within a workout. We plan to do a weekly challenge based on how much we exercise and tally up our points. It’s a fun way to keep accountable and lose weight and stay in shape together.

Join the fitness battle here! Battle starts October 1st at midnight! I want to kick your ass and my own!



Sam started Financial Samurai in 2009 during the depths of the financial crisis as a way to make sense of chaos. After 13 years working on Wall Street, Sam decided to retire in 2012 to utilize everything he learned in business school to focus on online entrepreneurship. Sam focuses on helping readers build more income in real estate, investing, entrepreneurship, and alternative investments in order to achieve financial independence sooner, rather than later.

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    • says

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  1. lurker says

    walking and light exercise do nothing for weight loss when you are massively overeating! look at your diet on the trip and your diet at home…walking is great exercise if you stick to a normal amount of calories…wow did you chow down on the ship. To eat like that you would need to work out a lot harder… to keep from packing on the pounds…tennis is a great sport by the way. I love it.

  2. says

    I will be going on a cruise later this year but it isn’t nearly as long as yours was. I do think I will gain some weight but will work it off when I return home… hopefully! The holidays are coming and that is a rough time to lose weight.

  3. Mike says

    Definitely keep up the good work! I am getting myself back in the habit of getting up early to run then try to take a couple walks in the afternoon. I also found cutting out a bunch of the sodas that I was drinking helps a lot with reducing weight too. Just don’t forget to build muscle in the process as well!

  4. says

    Hi Sam, I totally agree, I always put weight on while on my holidays. As you said the best thing to do is to try and not indulge everyday – maybe just 2-3 times a week. Or you could go on some self catering holidays instead.

    We’re going to Scotland for a week soon, just hoping on some nice weather!


    • says

      Scotland for a week soon at this time of year? Never been, but hope you do have good weather!

      It was overcast and raining in Stockholm and St. Petersburg several weeks ago.

      I tried not to indulge, I really did!

  5. says

    My wife and I have really slacked off these last two weeks as we’ve both been KO’d by allergies. We haven’t gone to the gym, ran, or anything really in days and I can tell I’ve already packed on some pounds.

    Hopefully I can get back at it next week. Good luck on your challenge and getting back into shape; I have a feeling you won’t have any issues with it. That site sounds interesting by the way…I may have to check it out.

  6. Eric says

    Is that ideal weight a person with no muscle tone whatsoever? I waiver between 5’10 and 5’11 and the Marine Corps puts my ideal weight at between 132 and 192. Now I am by no means skinny, but I am your hieght and am considered fairly muscular and not by anybody’s (except maybe the first lady’s) defiinition fat, and I come in at between 175 and 180 depending on the day.

    • David M says

      Your height changes – first time to ever hear that!

      Also, are sure about the weight number 132-192? 132 seems really low for 5′ 10 or 5’11?

        • David M says

          I dont know! I have never heard or see someone say there height waivers between 2 different heights. I guess you learn something new everyday!

      • Eric says

        Thats the benefit(or curse) of having many different individuals take your height. Everybody sees things slightly different, and they round so little over half go up an inch,
        little under half stays in that measurement.

    • says

      If the Marine Corps says the ideal weight is 132-192 for 5’10-5’11, then the average is 162, which is in the ideal weight chart of 152-163.

      What am I missing?

      152-163 is normal muscle tone, not beefcake for sure.

      • Eric says

        Sorry, I didn’t clarify, that range is acceptable weight in the USMC.
        You had posted “ideal” weight in the article, and I don’t necessarily equate
        average and ideal. If that were truly the case, wouldn’t our supposed
        obesity problem in the US not really be a problem, just an increase in our average(read:ideal) weight?
        Either way, I certainly wouldn’t consider your additional weight gain necessary to remove
        unless you were a stick with a gut hanging over your belt. (even then its all about personal choice I guess)

  7. Money Beagle says

    Well in your case you were consuming thousands of extra calories per day compared to a normal diet, so the walking couldn’t keep up. I think that light exercise can work if you consume a normal amount of calories.

    • says

      Don’t think so MB. Light exercise does nothing, except for allow one to get out of the house and breathe some fresh air imo.

      I hear people tell me their goal is to do 20 situps a day. That is going to do jack! And they wonder why they haven’t lost any weight 6 weeks later. Gotta burn baby, burn!

  8. says

    Good luck on your challenge, but no matter the exercise it all comes down to eating and drinking habits. From what you listed above, you ate fairly healthy, but if you pounded a beer here and there, ate late than usual, then that could be your answer for weight gain.

    In terms of walking, I agree with your thinking. Anytime you walk and you’re moderately walking (heart rate not elevated) and you’re not breaking a sweat, you’re not doing anything.



  9. David M says

    “I’m frugal and don’t want to spend too much on new clothes.” My wife keeps complaining that my weight loss is costing us money!!!!!! Thanks for making me smile.

    I used to weigh about 175 with a size 32 waist – I’m now about 142 with a size 29 waste. The size 31 pants got worn about twice each (I did not know how much I was going to lose and how quickly!!!!). The size 30 pants got worn about 10 times each. For about a year now I have been in the size 29 pants.

    I am keeping my size 30 and 31 inch waste pants – hoping to never have to wear them again. However, I will keep so that I do not have to spend money buying again later – they are all like brand new!

    How did I lose the weight – increased exercise, cut back on meal sizes, increased the vegetables and stopped eating desserts for many months.

    Now that I have dropped the weight – I get to eat dessert again!!!!

  10. says

    People have a tendency to underestimate their calories and overestimate the effort they put into losing weight or getting “in shape.” I vividly recall the first time I used an elliptical to discover a half an hour of “tough work” only burned about 110 calories… less than my dessert for the day! haha!

  11. No Name Guy says

    Yeah, walking doesn’t get you in shape, nor burn any substantial number of calories, nor control weight. /snark

    Sam – now that you’re FI and have the time, try a little walk in the woods why don’t you. At the end of April, head on down to Campo, at the Cali / Mexico border and hop on the Pacific Crest Trail and head north. Keep going until you get to Canada. It’s only 2663+ miles away. [What, that’s too much for you? OK then, head up I-80 to Truckee in mid July and get on there to cut it down to only ~1400 miles].

    At the end of that little walk, which should take you only 3 to 6 months, depending on how fast you are, report back on your weight and physical condition. You’ll be the leanest you’ve ever been and your cardio conditioning will be second to none.

    Oh, and if you goal is to burn 500 / cal a day extra, the above will do that (with only walking – no pushups required)….about 4 to 6 times over. You’ll need to eat 4,000 – 6,000 calories a day to keep from breaking down and wasting away. Figuring out how to eat ENOUGH is a challenge (hint – 2nd breakfast and 2nd lunch on trail are your friends, as is a quart of chocolate milk, with a half pint of heavy cream mixed in, when you get to town.). As a side benefit, you’ll get to see some of the most spectacular scenery the mountains of the western US has to offer.

    (BTW – I’m not talking out my arse here, I did it in 2006 so am speaking from first hand experience).


      • No Name Guy says

        Actually, the end is at Manning Park Lodge – quite a nice place. A few hour ride cooped up on a Greyhound gets you to Vancouver. The North Cascades this time of year (about when a lot of people are finishing) is quite beautiful.

        If the whole PCT (or even Truckee to Canada) is too much for you, consider jumping on the John Muir Trail – from Yosemite to exiting at the Whitney Portal. It’s a nice 212 miles or so. I can guarantee that after that wee little walk you’ll have lost weight.

        In the first month on my little walk, I shed 10 pounds. Over the next month, I’d shed another 15 or so and at that point was 5 to 10 pounds below my high school end of track season weight. Then I learned how to eat enough, stabilized my weight, got stronger and was able to push up the mileage I’d walk every day to mid to upper 20’s.

        BTW – some of the other tricks the hikers use to keep from wasting away while they’re doing their walks is to pour olive oil into their dinners – at 160 calories an ounce, it’s a good way to pump up the energy content. Nido – full fat powered milk (in the Hispanic section) is way better than the non fat junk. Like I mentioned above, chocolate milk when you get to town is a fav. Next time, I’ll do the heavy cream add on to it – it’s hard to find 2% or whole milk based choc milk. And don’t even get me started on how low cal regular sodas are – milkshakes all the way when in town.

  12. says

    Well it’s great that you’re getting back on track. It’s crazy how once we become adults it’s SO EASY to gain weight. As kids, I ate all I wanted and ran around playing like a maniac. I was always a skinny kid. It’s a good thing I’ve got a blue collar job where I work outside with my hands all day because otherwise, I just know I’d be a fat slob. Couple beers, couple pieces of pizza and I wake up the next day still full. ?? ? But being a working man means I work up an appetite again so that’s good.

    Good luck on getting back in shape, man!

    • says

      Ahh, the good ol days when we were kids and could eat anything.

      I remember actually shuddering from hunger and starving as a kid…. b/c we exercised SO MUCH! We could go skateboarding for four hours after class a day, every day and then swim for an hour!

  13. says

    Well to be fair, it sounds like you were consuming a TON of extra calories. If you had been able to maintain your typical caloric intake and walked an average of 8-9 miles per day plus the occasional workout, you wouldn’t have gained 10 pounds. (Not that there’s anything wrong with putting on weight when you’re on vacation – food is damn tasty – but I don’t think it’s fair to conclude that walking 8-9 miles a day is insufficient exercise.)

  14. says

    Sounds like a fun challenge! I’ll sign up when I get home tonight. Although I highly doubt I’ll rack up a ton of points it’s always more fun and motivating to work out when there’s a little competition involved. I’ve been saying to myself that I should start doing situps again so this will be a good kick in the pants to get me started.

  15. Tara says

    10 lemon meringue squares in 2 days? That’s gorging on sweets… I am not surprised you gained 10 pounds despite all the walking.

  16. says

    Walking or any other exercise is never enough to offset too much eating. The contrast is equally true, a diet cannot by itself counter inactivity because you cannot be perfect all the time. You need both in reasonable measures. When we cruised, we were in the gym daily using the bike, treadmill, weight machines and free weights. We were only able to maintain our weight thanks to the change in eating habits.

  17. Joey says

    I lost 20 pounds in 12 weeks this summer through a simple 10k steps a day program.

    1. Walk 10,000 steps a day (kept a pedometer to track it). This comes to around 5 miles a day.
    2. Eat 5 servings of fruits/vegetables 4 days a week.
    3. Drink 48 ounces of water a day.

    That was all I did. I went from 228 to 208 (I’m 6’3″). I don’t think I would have lost that much weight without the combination of eating and exercising.

    Your weight also varies a lot depending on when you weigh yourself. In the morning just after taking care of business and before I’ve eaten anything or taken a drink, I’ll be at least 2-3 pounds lighter than at the end of the day on a full stomach. Just last week I saw a 4-pound swing over 3 days.

    Good luck to you!

      • Joey says

        Good question, I should have clarified. No, I definitely did not eat just fruits and veggies! I did try to stick to only what I packed to work and only what I ate for dinner, but what I ate varied widely and I didn’t stick to a strict diet by any stretch. Just getting to 5 servings though definitely fills you up on something other than junk food, so I think that helped. I played softball 2 nights a week, so that helped with getting my 10k steps in, but for the most part it really was just walking.

        I don’t mean to knock your original post since I know what works for one person doesn’t work for everyone, but I can definitely say that since the end of that 12-week program, I haven’t lost a pound. Not that I really need to lose much more, but I definitely need to get moving again! And the program I did was a lot more feasible for me than a gym membership (which I finally cancelled this year). The gym was just really tough with 3 kids 2 and under. I’d rather be out playing with them when I get home.

        • Rob says

          Sadly age and for ladies menopause make a HUGE difference in weight gain, plan on as you age a big reduction in allowable calories. My wife can’t for,the life of her lose weight, only goal is to,keep,from gaining, this inspite of a 3-4 times a week hard work out and a very careful diet, unlike she never eats between meals.

  18. Darwin's Money says

    Work = Force x Distance. One of the fundamental laws; so whether you’re walking or jogging, you’re burning the same amount of energy (roughly), the only thing being it takes much longer to walk 10 miles than jog it of course. So, it’s all relative based on how much time you have on your hands, but I wouldn’t say mild exercise doesn’t help you lose weight.

    What I would say though, and many people don’t want to accept this, is that diet is a much larger determinant of weight loss than exercise. In fact, even avid exercisers can gain weight if they have a sedentary job that has them sitting most of the day.

    • says

      It’s weird though… b/c I could NEVER run 8-9 miles a day for 17 days in a row. I would die. I can’t even run 8 miles non stop now. But if I did… I think I would have shed 10pounds or at least not have gained 10 pounds in 2.5 weeks… so I think there is something more where runnin 8 miles does not equal walking 8 miles.

    • says

      Hey Darwin, wouldn’t it be safe to say that running involves a lot more force than walking? I think that it takes a lot more energy (based on how I feel) to run or even jog 5 miles than to walk it. In fact, after walking 5 miles it feels like I haven’t done anything at all.

      I agree that diet is more important than exercise (and it is also the harder of the two to control); but for me, walking has never helped me to lose weight, while I’ve lost about 50 lbs doing H.I.R.T. and eating healthy.

  19. says

    Hi Sam,
    Every summer up til now I would drop ten pounds or so from intense activity, sometimes more. I am now a tour guide and my waistbands are swimming on me – for now. I agree, reduced eating is really the key.

    Just as a throwback to what you said, have you considered the Mediterranean diet? It is basically a continental breakfast (no meat), a full course lunch and a light dinner of vegetables, olive oil, french bread, half a glass of wine and a hard boiled egg / chunk ‘o cheese. This diet seems to work well because like eggs, the veggies take more calories to digest them than to eat them, LOL. The big lunch is also smart, gives you all afternoon to burn that off. My cousin dropped about 30 lbs. this way.

    Best to you,

    • says

      Hey Anastasia! Good to hear from you. I am impressed you are a tour guide, as that requires A LOT of energy!

      I was kind of sad in St. Petersburg b/c our tour guide was huge, but she was awesome and did the 5 hour tour with us 5X a week. I would have thought that would have burned a lot of calories, but again, it proved to me light exercise doesn’t do much. We must eat in moderation.

  20. says

    that is quite an impressive weight gain over 2 weeks sam! If I were in your shoes, I’d probably have the same problem!
    I didnt “gain” weight this summer per se, but I actually did. The way that my body has worked in the past is that when I stop going to the gym and lifting weights (like I was doing from jan-april), I usually start to lose a lot of weight – on the order of 20 lbs, and I go from about 175 to about 155.
    This time when I stopped going to the gym, I didnt lose any weight – I was staying around 170! Even though I’m tall enough to wear it well, I knew it would be problem that I needed to fix. I dont want to start to tip the scale anywhere near 200 lbs!
    I’ve started going to the gym every morning, and working out with a slosh pipe – which has helped quite a bit.
    I had my body fat tested today and I was at 7.7% – I’d like to get this down a bit, closer to 5.5 I think, but after a summer worth of craziness, I should be able to nudge this lower in the winter!

  21. says

    Exercise, what’s that? ;-)

    Seriously, I used to work out all the time when I was younger.
    And the last time I exercised with some intent was about 8 years ago and shortly after that my wife gave birth to our 3rd child, and then another one the year after that out popped number 4. I did that because I had tipped the scales at about 240 lbs.

    I have a small ‘inner tube’ around my waist, but manage to keep my weight at about 165 on average for 5’11”, with eating ok (only 3-4 snacks a day in addition to 2 meals), and a decent amount of water … 60-90 oz a day.
    My real downfall is chocolate. I often eat an entire large bag of M&M’s within a week by myself. When I say large bag I’m referring to the 42oz size — and yes I’m really serious. I have actually eaten 1 of these (http://www.sugarstand.com/sc/sc0047-m-m-52-oz-bag.htm) in about 5 days on occasion.

    • says

      Darn, wish I could edit my post. The largest weight gain/loss I’ve had in a single day has been 4 lbs. And yes that’s with weighing myself at the same time every morning after waking up.

      I’m not quite sure why that is, it just is. And yes my blood sugar levels always check out ok, not to mention the other levels.

      The easiest way to describe me is I’m an abnormal. :-)

    • says

      I was reading the study with somebody just eating twinkings for a couple weeks and losing weight b/c he ate less twinky calories than normal.

      The question is.. how heavy was the K STate professor to begin with who lost 27 pounds? That ex football coach Manginini was a big guy!

  22. says

    I like your routine. There is a lot of cardio in there and it’s perfect for people our age. I’m not doing very well right now because I can’t get away from baby RB40.
    Here is my weekly routine
    10 hours – chase kid around the park, taking kid to the park, etc..
    50 push ups/day – as I’m in the park
    boot camp routine – maybe 10 minutes total. I sneak in jumping jacks, squats, lunges, burpies, and other quick exercises at the park…

    I don’t know what I’m going to do when it starts raining.

  23. says

    You’re speaking my language, Sam! Well, this is what I went to school for anyway. I’m one of those annoying people that doesn’t have to work out to stay within my ideal body weight range, but I’m working out now to build up my endurance since I’ve been so tired lately. I’m 5’8 and about 135#, but I want to tighten up and be stronger. Right now, when I go to the gym with Jefferson, I shake through lifting anything over 20 lbs and am “done” after 15 minutes of cardio. I need to get back into sports! That’s the best way to work out! Not boring and mundane like lifting weights and running on a hamster wheel while watching Wheel Of Fortune and HGTV on mute. I might just join you and help you kick your and my butt! :) GAME ON! Let’s do this!

  24. says

    Lifting weights does miracles for me. I think it is the only thing that kept me from being over weight. Running and other cardio is healthy for your heart and overall stamina, but weights is the thing for me. :)

  25. says

    I am completely psyched I read this because my friend insists light exercise and walking will work in time. I’ve been waiting and nothing is happening. I just invested in weights and started a running regime and knocked off three pounds in just five days. It’s time to step up the pace and leave his behind while he walks his way to nowhere.

  26. says

    This is not true at all. On November 1,2011 I weighed 300 lbs. I started walking 10 miles plus per day and stopped eating after 7pm and I have lost 102 lbs. as of 10/24/12. You can lose weight by walking and adjusting your diet. I used to work out with weights all the time and would be hungry and eat like a pig. All I did was gain pound after pound of fat.

  27. Paul says

    I’ve been a postman (mailman) for 3 months now, walking on average 8 miles per day, 5 days per week. I haven’t really changed my diet, except I eat a little more because I’m hungry after my shift. I’ve lost 28 pounds since I started. Walking does work. Apart from the weight loss, my fitness has improved dramatically.

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