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There is no doubt that swimming is good exercise, and you can burn about 500 calories per hour when you swim, but†is swimming a good exercise choice if your primary goal is to lose body weight?

Share your experiences and opinions on swimming and weight control.

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July 19, 2006 at 3:39 pm
(1) XXXmarinXXX says:

i went swimming every night after work for 7 weeks and i lost about 1 stone all in altho it tonned alot of me up !

November 5, 2006 at 2:25 pm
(2) robin shepherd says:

i think alot of the research dismisses alot of variables. i think the summaries of the lack of weight loss with swimming compared to other forms of exercise is based on people who don’t swim fast and volunteers for the study who want to lose wt. and don’t exercise on a consistent basis. however, the study conducted looking at water temp and increase wt. gain has its merits. i think one can lose wt. with swimming if they reduce their caloric intake and swim fast enough to increase their heart rate. it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to sort this out!

July 12, 2007 at 1:29 am
(3) Angela says:

This article seems misleading. I don’t understand how an exercise that is known for working every muscle group in the body can be ineffective for weight loss. People should be more efficient when publishing such articles. This could lead to someone feeling very discouraged.

April 20, 2008 at 4:24 am
(4) Felix Gmuender says:

The article Swimming About is referring too (Louise Burke’s) is based on research that is 20 years old. Whilst it is true that most people gain weight when they start swimming (the body builds up fat layers in the skin to prevent heat loss), it is possible to loose weight in the water if you exercise strenuously for long enough. Competitive swimmers don’t have weight problems, because they exercise intensively for 1-2 hours per day. For more information on swimming making you fat:

April 23, 2008 at 9:12 am
(5) Carrie Craft says:

I was swimming a couple of times a week. I believe it helped me to maintain weight loss. When I had to stop swimming – due to gas prices and the drive to the gym – I gained all my weight back within 6 months.

I don’t know if I completely agree with this study.

April 23, 2008 at 9:41 am
(6) Joe says:

I found this article misleading as well. The study most likely did not have a representative sample of the population who actually swim on a regular basis. I have many friends who have lost a lot of weight swimming.

April 23, 2008 at 1:12 pm
(7) Tamara says:

I’m glad I read the comments! When I read the article, I was very disappointed. For the past 2 weeks I have been swimming every other day and cutting back on my food intake. As a result, I’ve lost 7 pounds. I really hope that people read the comments rather than just taking the article at face value!

April 23, 2008 at 2:41 pm
(8) Brian says:

As a former competitive swimmer, I agree that swimming “for most people” (aka non-competitive swimmers), is not the ideal way to lose weight. Typically these folks don’t maintain the distance or intensity needed to lose significant weight. However, by slowly increasing the intensity and duration over weeks, it can happen. I swim at a health club with an indoor 50 meter pool and have heard these comments from non-competitive swimmers many times. Flexibilty, joint mobility, cardiovascular, back issues….GREAT! For losing weight, not so much!

April 24, 2008 at 8:29 pm
(9) Jim Burke says:

Exercise is the answer to many of the health complications fat Americans suffer from. All exercise will help you lose wieght especially if you don’t have a history of regular exercise. Remember to modify your diet too, and add a short resistance training program a few times a week after your swims. Swimming is a joy. I’ve been a swimmer for 30 years, and feel like I have yet to master the freestyle. It’s one sport you can pursue your whole life.

April 25, 2008 at 12:28 pm
(10) Ashley says:

Thanks for the article link Felix Gmuender. That article was definitely more encouraging than this blog because with any type of exercise people can lose weight if they watch their daily caloric intake.

April 26, 2008 at 7:29 am
(11) Carol says:

As a 49 year old woman, I swam almost every day last summer for about 30 minutes a day. By the end of summer I had lost 15 pounds. When I stopped swimming (because the pool closed) and I only did the treadmill and some weight training I gained 8 pounds back. I can’t wait to start swimming again this summer so I can lose more weight. I definitely disagree with the article! By the way, I did not “eat like a horse” when I got out of the pool. Because I felt so good I was actually eating better and healthier afater swimming.

May 7, 2008 at 10:03 pm
(12) BigRic says:

Been swimming the last month for 30-60minutes (1000-2000 meters) and have lost 7 lbs. Diet habits have been improved by some cutting back on beer and things like french fries/greasy foods. Also cut back 90% on my coffee & soda drinking and have replaced it with water.

May 20, 2008 at 5:28 pm
(13) charlie says:

I was in the best shape of my life when I lifted weights three times a week and would swim a mile after lifting (66 lengths of a 25 meter pool). Always trying to swim the mile without stopping and under 30 minutes. On non-lifting days I would swim at least 2 miles without stopping, the first under 30 minutes and after that just trying to finish. On weekends when I had the time I would swim four miles without stopping. I looked great despite having a horrific diet.

June 7, 2008 at 6:16 pm
(14) Dab says:

The say that the swimmers gained weight, they neglected to mention the difference in body fat between the different exercises. Swimming build lean muscle which in turn burns massive amounts of body fat, while if all you did was run you would not only be losing weight but also lean muscle..

June 9, 2008 at 2:59 pm
(15) Chris C says:

And swimming is also not bad on your joints (ala running).

June 18, 2008 at 1:41 pm
(16) Therysa says:

I agree with the comment and not the article… from personal experience. I 5’6″ @ 206 ( overwieght with bmi 30) started swimming in my backyard pool nightly – not fast, just do laps for 30 – 45 min. although I did experience extreme hunger after, I controlled what I ate. I also lost 15+ lbs. in 1 month with an overall loss of 36lbs in 3 months.
I do think that this was also due to my sleeping better, decrease in stress, more energized and eating better (just because it felt good).
when I lost the pool due to a move, I took up jogging/walking 45 min daily and gained back every single pound within 1 years time.
Now I am back to the pool (started yesterday) and already feeling so much better.
swimming rocks

June 25, 2008 at 9:16 am
(17) KoD says:

1500m 3 times a week for 3 months and my BMI has dropped from 31.5 to 29.5 with a 15lb weight loss.
That said, if you are looking to just lose weight, it’s well worth watching what you eat too, but think of swimming as the best exercise you can do for your heart. Almost zero injury rating mean that it is a sport that you can participate in for life…

July 8, 2008 at 11:02 am
(18) Katherine says:

I think exercise for weight loss is like eating for weight loss – variety! – swimming is part of a good program. One of the best things about it is that people in bad shape can begin exercise easily with swimming, and increase a bit at nearly every workout – the success is encouraging! Absolutely one can lose weight by burning calories swimming – “land” exercise may be more efficient, but both work. And finding what works for you, and will keep you at it for the long haul is key to any exercise/weight loss program.

July 18, 2008 at 8:04 pm
(19) Justin says:

I’ve been swimming for a year, now doing 1200m three times a week. Haven’t lost weight, but it has sorted out my back issues and improved my cardio. As a former runner with knackered knees, I can say I wish I’d swam 20 years ago, instead of started running.

July 22, 2008 at 3:52 pm
(20) SteveG says:

You will never lose a pound swimming. You stomach will flatten somewhat and it is great for posture and looking fit. I have a pool and swim on the average a half mile a day. The best way to look good is to swim and diet at the same time. You will have a good upper body and small stomach without the need to lift weights. You will also look younger (because of better posture)

July 29, 2008 at 10:49 am
(21) Haladani says:

One important thing to check. Dont judge fat burned by what you see on the scales with swimming. Take a tape measure, and measure certain area’s of your body and judge it from that. I find I lose very little weight while I swim, but thats mostly due to as I lose body fat, I build muscle. So you may only see a 4 to 5 pound drop in weight on the scales, but in reality lost half of that again. I find swimming to be a fantastic excersise. Not only does it burn fat and tone your muscles, your body feels great once you get out of the pool and it gives you the motivation to get back in the next day.

July 30, 2008 at 10:51 am
(22) R Rowland says:

I have a passion for swimming and do not easily agree with this article. Granted, I am a aggressive swimmer, but I have lost 10 lbs. a year for the last three years and continue to maintain this pattern. Diet is key, as everyone says. “Low Carbs.”
I agree that this could be a discourging article for some folks

August 5, 2008 at 11:38 am
(23) Jeff says:

I started swimming about two years ago, and gradually built up to about three times a week. I have lost 30 pounds during this time; perhaps 5 pounds every six months.

August 20, 2008 at 12:55 pm
(24) Courtney says:

A lot of people here have commented that you don’t lose much weight while swimming. But do you lose inches? Weight loss is not an important factor for me; I’m looking for an exercise program that will get me in much better cardiovascular & respiratory shape, and lost inches would be a definite plus. Would swimmers here recommend swimming in my case?

August 27, 2008 at 10:05 pm
(25) Belinda says:

I’m so pleased I read all the comments. I have only just started swimming and am absolutely loving it. I find it much better than going to the gym, and whilst I haven’t lost weight (yet) I am feeling great. I’m back in the pool tonight.

September 5, 2008 at 12:49 pm
(26) Nina says:

About 15 years ago I swam 4 days a week for an hour for about 8 to 10 weeks. I lost about 15lbs and my body was so toned and ripped. I loved my body. I have just started back swimming this week and my goal is to lose 15lbs pounds and tone up. I love the water and they say if you love what you do then it makes the workout enjoyable.

Looking forward to my swim tomorrow!

September 7, 2008 at 2:39 am
(27) Miranda says:

To angela-

I read that gaining muscle can actually make you look chunkier because it builds muscle and you still have your fat. you need to burn calories

September 22, 2008 at 4:54 pm
(28) Todd says:

Being a swimmer myself for my college team you definitly loose a lot of weight by swimming. Granted I swim about 5000m a day, and not everyone has enough time or the possibility to do that, I still think swimming will in the end cause a drop in weight.

September 30, 2008 at 9:02 am
(29) Melissa says:

I live in the UK and swim about 4 times a week.
I swim non stop for between 45 mins to an hour.
I’ve noticed that a lot of people go there to hang out in the shallow end and chat. They wont lose weight or tone up doing that !
I feel great and am losing weight.
I find weight bearing exercise like the treadmill deathly boring. Swimming lifts my soul and makes me happy, as well as healthy !

October 23, 2008 at 10:02 am
(30) Alex says:

swimming deffinatly makes the body loose weight because i can tall by the way my bod looks.

October 23, 2008 at 10:05 am
(31) Alex says:

ALSO DONT MAKE THIS ARTICLE DISSAPOINT ANYONE and dont let it dicourage you from swimming, its a great work out and every one should try it!!!!!!!!!!

November 2, 2008 at 3:28 pm
(32) ivan says:

there are many contradictory opinions on the web regarding lossing weight by swimming.

I love swimming, 40-60 mins 5 times a week.
I reduced sizes but little weight is lost.
I think that to reduce weigth one needs to be consistent. There is no magic and there is no way to beat the laws of nature; if one takes in more energy than what is burnt, one gets fat!!, simple as that.
So, if you want to lose weight, burn a little more calories than those you eat, be patient, be consistent

November 4, 2008 at 4:49 pm
(33) Ashely says:

This article is very wrong, when I was younger and in school, I was a chubby girl. I played sports constantly it just seemed I was naturally thick. But when I began swimming on the highschool swim team, the chubbiness just melted away. Swimming was the best fat burning exersize I could ask for, now that Im two years out of highschool and had a baby, Im relying on swimming to get my pre pregnancy body back. FACT: A swimmer doing laps for thirty minutes will burn as much if not more calories as a man running six miles in ONE hour. FACT: Swimming is a good cardio workout and helps prevent heart attacks and lowers blood pressure. FACT: Many people think that because you are in water your body doesnt over heat and you dont become thirsty, THAT IS WRONG, Your body can feel like its on fire because the water around you is heating up with your body. I hope I helped, I still believe to this day that swimming is the best full body fat burning exersize there is.

January 8, 2009 at 6:26 pm
(34) Veronica says:

I think that this article is increasable misleading. I swam competitively for about 15 years and, in those 15 years was in the best shape of my life. I could eat whatever I wanted and as long as I got an hour to hour and half workout in 3-5 days a week I was fine. Yes, you do have a bigger appetite after workouts just make sure you donít over indulge or eat fatty food that would ruin any workout. Also swimming will help burn calories but you need to be doing a weight workout at least once every week as well.

January 12, 2009 at 1:44 pm
(35) Diane says:

I believe that if you keep your body temperature up after swimming, you can lose weight. I drink a hot liquid after swimming which cuts my appetite and keeps me warm. I’ve lost weight and sizes doing this.

January 21, 2009 at 9:14 am
(36) Wayne says:

I disagree with this article, I started swimming when I was 4 and joined a swimming club when I was 9, I swam at least 4 times a week, up until I was 20, I gradually stopped swimming, my body suffered, I have recently started swimming again and have a fantastic physique, the excess body fat I had aquired, mainly around my stomach, I had a body fat percentage of 24%, has virtually disappeared, I now have a body fat percentage of 10.5%. Swimming is the best way to tone up your body naturally.

January 21, 2009 at 10:41 am
(37) cj says:

I have to disagree with this article as well…but like some of the other people that left comments, I was a competitive swimmer when I was younger and did triathalons in college.

I actually feel that swimming is the only workout that works for me, in terms of helping me maintain my weight. That said, if I’m not getting in at least 2500-3500 yards a workout I don’t really feel that great when I get out of the pool.

I think if you can get up to a certain level where you are swimming 2000-2500 yards an hour – and of course watching what you eat – you swimming is a great workout.

January 25, 2009 at 12:08 pm
(38) GBPB says:

I find these comments so inspiring. I used to be very fit and go to the gym 3/4 times a week, but I haven’t been for years. I got lazy because I have never struggled with my weight, but now I’m in my thrities and having been very greedy over Xmas, I have gained almost a stone, yikes! Can’t wait to start swimming this week to become fit again and shift those excess pounds!

January 28, 2009 at 10:50 am
(39) sharpshooter says:

i loose weight when i swim and it tones me up quite nicely this article is misleading

February 11, 2009 at 12:49 pm
(40) joseph says:


February 12, 2009 at 2:17 pm
(41) Shane says:

I have been swimming for over 35 years almost everyday. I find the best results come by adding 2 sessions per week of yoga for flexibility, and 2-3 sessions of light, but high number of reps of weights as well. This adds to weight loss, flexibility and advanced toning. Of course a sensible diet is very important. Good luck to all you swimmers and the most important thing is if you enjoy it, you will be more likely to continue.

February 12, 2009 at 9:13 pm
(42) Jeff H. says:

My friend Walters claims that you really dont lose much weight from swimming. I just dont believe him one once.

February 24, 2009 at 8:33 am
(43) robert little says:

The one thing that people have not mentioned is motivation. I love swimming and look forward to my swim every day. Other forms of exercise seem to be a trial for me but swimming is fun. Consequently I swim on a consistent basis. If you don’t enjoy your workout you might not do it and never have the results you want. Swimming is almost meditative as well as your immersion in water is like returning to the womb…

February 25, 2009 at 10:06 pm
(44) Jeff Gross says:

It is probably a cooling effect, but when I get out of the pool, I am very hungry. When I finish a bike or run workout, I am so overheated that I am kind of nauseated – not hungry at all, so I eat less.

Swimming uses mostly smaller muscles of the upper body. Land exercises that use the bigger leg muscles. It seems that using a bigger engine would burn more calories.

March 2, 2009 at 1:42 pm
(45) Jessica says:

I read this and was very upset. Swimming is amazing! I was swimming 5 days a week because I LOVED IT so much. My husband could hardly get me out of the pool. I was in the best shape of my life. I was also running and eating a lot of fish and egg whites (for protein) On top of the fish and egg whites I ate WHATEVER I wanted and looked great and felt amazing. This article should be taken with a grain of salt. Keep swimming!

March 3, 2009 at 8:06 am
(46) Ashley says:

I have been swimming for 2 months now and when I started I was 314 pounds.

I’m now 291 and losing about 3 pounds a week give or take.

I also of course have changed my diet and am eating about half what I used to.

I have no pain from swimming and have been swimming 30 min a day 6 days a week.

Experts can say whatever they want, I hate most other forms of exercise and swimming is working for me. I’m not going to say I love it, but it’s enjoyable to feel so much better than I used to.

Find out what works for you, losing weight slowly is almost always better than dropping 20 pounds in two weeks.

Stick with it and just do it!

March 4, 2009 at 11:56 am
(47) newstarter says:

im so disapointed by this article,i have very resently started to swim primarily to tone up and now i just feel like its pointless….thanks

March 10, 2009 at 7:01 am
(48) jayne says:

swimming is very good for loosing waight i went swimming every monday

March 11, 2009 at 9:41 am
(49) Debbie Buxton says:

I have been swimming 5o lenghts a day for five days a week and have lost a stone!!!!!

March 28, 2009 at 11:36 pm
(50) Chip says:

For the past 4 weeks Ive been swimming about 20-30 minutes at least 6 times a week. The great thing about it you notice changes immediately. When I started I was going half a length and I needed to stop its was embarrasing. Now I can easily go a half hour straight up free style without doing breast ( which I felt helped me recover) without stopping. Ill start throwing in running about 2-3 times a week in there to help me out. But yea swimming is a great motivator when you decide to commit to working and you want quick results. Sure your not losing a ton a weight to start, but seeing how you can swim longer without breaks each time to go is VERY Encouraging and will motivate you to do other things.

April 6, 2009 at 6:59 am
(51) jorge duarte says:

i am a jockey and weight is a big thing in my buissness i totally disagree on this actually to me i wont gain weight if i swim i lose alot

April 8, 2009 at 11:37 am
(52) stella says:

I have been reading most of the comments, and i am slightly confused as to what to do. Obviously everyone is different. I want to obviously lose some weight, and tone, ideally i wanted to focus more on my stomache and love handle area, and i thought swimming would be good for this, plus i enjoy it. iv maintained my diet, and my intake is alot less so im not concerned about that, its just more getting the right exercise in.. so im hoping one of you can help me on this :) id like to see some difference by the summer..

April 10, 2009 at 6:26 am
(53) Tia - UK says:

I COULD NOT DISAGREE MORE WITH THE ARTICLE. I am 31 years old 5’6″ have a large frame (bone structure) and had a starting weight of 272.8 pounds. Through nothing more than Swimming 4-5 times per week, and walking 1-2 times per week and cutting sugar and excess fats from diet I am now 198 pounds slowly heading to my goal of 160 pounds. So long as you don’t expect any amount of weight you are trying to lose to magically vanish in a few weeks swimming is a great way to lose weight and get fit. i have asthma a bad back and a bad hip so land excersices cause me a lot of pain, swimming has been the ideal way for me to achieve my goals. Anyone who doubts it because of these silly articles IGNORE them! kepp doing what you love if swimming keeps you motivated stick with it!

April 13, 2009 at 12:30 pm
(54) Wayne says:

I am addicted to swimming I love it and I feel like a free bird in the pool. I am now up to 50 lengths in 45 min. I also enjoy looking at the young ladies under the water lol.

April 21, 2009 at 11:09 am
(55) Mariela says:

Swimming is fantastic. I started today and i feel energized! My goal is to lose 15 pounds, tone and revitalize my cardio-respiratory stamina. 7 years ago I started swimming in the University about 4 days a week. In 4 months i lost 40 pounds, just swimming and eating healthy. Just focus, do what you love for exercise and you will get results. I love swimming!!!

April 21, 2009 at 11:13 pm
(56) KDK says:

To Wayne (comment # 56):

You are a pervert and I really hope that you don’t freak out all the ladies at the pool. Its because of you that some women don’t feel comfortable in public health clubs/gyms. BE RESPECTFUL and don’t be a perv. Cheers.

April 27, 2009 at 6:09 am
(57) stella says:

Hey, me again lol. well im assuming its always good to have some form of a varierty when exercising, im going to start a body pump class today, yay, but even f you swim like 3 times a week plus a class you should see some results or start feeling lighter.. how long should that take?

May 4, 2009 at 9:30 pm
(58) Michelle says:

I was recently diagnosed with MS and was dreading doing the standard routine of exercises. I needed something as I had gained a lot of weight as a result of being given a 3 day course of IV steroids. I started swimming at my gym. At first as a novelty, then I think I became addicted now I go as much as possible. I swim around until I get tired then I walk with the foam weights! Just the thought of getting in shape (which I believe swimming DOES) without overheating and passing out is a big bonus! I also feel my clothes are a little looser. I really don’t care what the scale says, if I’m losing inches, and enjoying myself-that’s all that matters!

May 12, 2009 at 11:46 am
(59) Jess says:

When I was in college I weighed just over 200 pounds. During the summer I would walk to the pool(20minutes) and do laps for an hour about four or five times a week. By the end of the summer I had lost just over thirty pounds. You do need to watch what you eat but I find any excercise makes me hungry so its not something exclusive to swimming.

May 21, 2009 at 2:59 am
(60) Digital says:

Anyone that doesn’t think swimming burns fat needs to go watch any USA Swimming meet and look at the couple of hundred 15-18 year olds there. Walk through a high school today and half the kids are overweight. None of these kids are. And when’s the last time you saw a swimmer in the Olympics that didn’t look like they were chiseled from stone? Swimming’s just flat out great exercise.

May 25, 2009 at 7:45 pm
(61) Erin says:

All I have to say is I started swimming about 10 days ago and have already lost 7 lbs. I did cut down on sugar and ate better but nothing much different than I already do other than lay off the candy. I recently had a baby and need to lose 40lbs and hate walking outside because it’s too hot where I’m from. The treadmill is BORING so I always make up an excuse not to get on it even though it is at my house. I am falling in love with swimming and was actually upset that my local pool is closed today for a holiday. I can’t wait to go tomorrow and wish I could go every day. Also, our pool is heated and I sweat after getting out of the pool, don’t know if that matters or not but really I would rather work out than make up excuses not to do all the other forms of exercise I hate.

June 7, 2009 at 11:57 am
(62) riya says:

swimming does loose weight.And i used to swim 40 minutes 6 days a week lost lot of weight,i did not gain back though i did not do any other exercise,but don’t overeat.if u feel hungry after swimming try eat healthy food,keep a check on what you eat after swimming.It’s Eating to live healthy not live to Eat!

June 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm
(63) riya says:

it does reduce weight

June 14, 2009 at 9:45 am
(64) KC says:

I totally disagree with this article, swimming uses muscles that you don’t use on a daily basis which means building muscle and therefore increasing your metabolism…muscle burns more calories than fat…also whenever I get out the pool…eating is the last thing I want to do…Swimming actually decreases my appetite not increase it.

June 18, 2009 at 12:01 am
(65) Lindsay says:

I think you can definitely lose weight by swimming; I lost about 15 pounds when I first started. Now, understand that I’m a competitive swimmer (have swam up to 10,000+ m. in a day), so it’s a little different. I do agree with the fact that swimming can increase your appetite, too. I’ve experienced it, and it’s hard to eat less if you stop swimming for several weeks. If you’re going to swim for weight loss, you need to restrict your diet… And that could be hard, depending on how much you swim.

July 5, 2009 at 6:37 am
(66) Caspiana says:

I have been swimming for the past 6 months because I was diagnosed with Rhuematoid arthritis and this was the best excercise choice for my joints. At first I was discouraged because reading up on articles about swimming they always said you won’t lose much weight. I have been swimming just three times a week and swim about 1700 meters each time. I HAVE lost weight. It does work. So don’t be discouraged people get your swim suits on and let’s go.

July 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm
(67) K. says:

Swimming for me is an absolutely lovely meditative exercise and it is one of the few workout routines I can keep up and feel like a million bucks afterward… so who cares what the article says.

July 6, 2009 at 9:47 pm
(68) Mike L says:

Swimming for me is truly magical. I swim for 1 hour 5 days a week and lost 40 lbs in 6 months after a back surgery. I did eat as best as I could ,low fat ,low starches high protein(no alcohol). I will be a swimmer for rest of my life. Don’t tell everybody though how much fun it is or the pool will be to crowded.

July 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm
(69) Valerie Michele says:

Wow…I was amazed to say the least by this article…and “amazed” – not in a good way. I do a lot of different types of working out – from walking, running, weights, bootcamps, pilates, yoga, etc., in addition I’ve trained for and completed 1 full- and 6 half-marathon(s). In now training for a 3-Day Walk (that’s 60 miles over 3 days), I had to get some non-impact workouts going on my CT days. Therefore last night I went & swam 1/3 mile & it about wore me out.

I do have some weight to lose, and in just not being so fit at swimming, this took me 30 minutes.

I went to this site to read info on beginning lap swimming & found this article. I was quite discouraged (and even moreso from the link that led me to the “Merik” website (Choosing the Right Exercise). I thought there were many falsies in both articles & had I not been smart enough to realize that I might have stopped swimming all together.

I really do appreciate all the other comments here & people realizing this article is not all fact. I really with About.Com would actually go ahead and remove it.

July 8, 2009 at 11:38 pm
(70) Ann says:

I would like to share my story with all who are interested in swimming and weight loss. After 2 (two) MI’s, 309 lbs; I started swimming. I startd with 2 length (50 yards). Now, six months later and 89 pounds lost, a low fat diet, I am swimming 3.4 miles 4-5 days per week. Today June 7, 2009 I weigh 220. I am 5’7″ and 50 years old. My physician is happy and I am building collateral circulation to my heart. My plan is simple 25 yards breast stroke as fast as I can go and 25 yards back stroke for a total of 6000 yards per work out. I have been told by others I look better than I did when I was 40. This has not been easy for me but it beats the hell out of walking off 89 pounds. I truly believe one needs to base their execise plan on desired goals, and with the advice of their physician. Just remember to hydrate your body after your workout and count fat grams in your diet. The first length of the pool is the hardest. Good luck to all who are where I am and where I have been.

July 12, 2009 at 11:08 am
(71) diana says:

I have started swimming to improve my health and love it. At first I was experiencing that ravenous hungry feeling after swimming and would eat a ton of food, which negated my workout. Then on a whim I bought a hot drink after swimming and realized that I wasn’t hungry afterwards. So I started to think . . . that yes it is natural for a person to eat when they are chilly in an atempt to warm themselves up. So the hot drink warms me up and keeps the hunger at bay so that I do not negate the workout. A simple solution. Now I may not have lost a lot of weight but I am down a size in my jeans and that is what counts to me!

July 13, 2009 at 12:38 am
(72) emj says:

so i read through this article and all the comments…heres my story…i already workout 3-5 times a week, doing both cardio and weights at the gym…i dont eat well since im an extremely picky eater…basically im just maintaining weight…ive noticed a little bit of toning up but i would really like to tone up more…im thinking of adding a swimming routine after my gym workouts…as for weight loss, i really only need to lose like 15-20 lbs…i am reasonably toned in certain areas (calves, upper abs and shoulders) but i would like more all over toning…what hinders me the most is my diet, not actual dieting, but diet as in the food i eat…i hate vegetables, other than lettuce and corn basically…i guess i will see what adding some swimming after my workouts will do for me…

July 14, 2009 at 4:04 am
(73) stewart says:

i am realy glad i read these comments…ive been running for weight loss and incured various injuries,when i read this blog i felt disheartened as i allways thought swimming to be a great way to tone and burn exess fat,after rading these comments i am definately going to start swimming to replace the running (untill my injuries repair)

July 15, 2009 at 9:12 am
(74) Nick says:

I have no problems with the article or their conclusions. Letís face it we are a very biased audience. I lost about 50 pounds and swimming was responsible for much of it. I was also careful about my diet. If you want to change your lifestyle and you must if you want to maintain and say healthy, choose an exercise you enjoy. If you donít enjoy what you are doing you are unlikely to keep it up. Clearly we like swimming, it works for us, and it doesnít matter if it isnít as effective as running at weight loss. It has many other advantages with which we are all familiar.

July 15, 2009 at 6:21 pm
(75) Jenna says:

I was a competitive swimmer for 10 years and when I stopped swimming I gained 50 pounds like it was my job. I did land exercising because I was told it melted fat away and lifted weights and blah blah blah. Well I am back in the pool and loving exercising again. I believe swimmers gain weight quickly after stopping because I would swim 2 hours a day and could eat whatever I wanted well when I stopped swimming, I continued to eat horribly. I also work at a pool and know a lot of the swimmers there, they have to eat 6000 calories a day to survive. Well what do you think happens when you stop swimming but continue to eat 6000 calories a day? Swimming is a great exercise because when I was running I often hurt my self (feet problems, knee problems, the list could go on) However from my long history of swimming I don’t have the best shoulders but I can still swim with no problem.

July 16, 2009 at 3:30 pm
(76) Gwenn Marie says:

Swimming is THE BEST exercise for so many reasons. I swim an hour (70 lengths)4 days a week. It is a meditation. I keep learning about stroke efficiency. I’ve adapted the techniques of Total Immersion Swimming — it has made a huge difference in my stroke efficiency, enabling me to swim for much longer. Check it out!

July 20, 2009 at 12:46 pm
(77) julie says:

I started swimming in May and started at about 2000m/workout. Now it’s July and I am up to 4000m and it takes about 80 minutes. I vary my workouts too, but I have only lost 11 lbs and I haven’t been paying too much attention to what I eat, though after reading everyone’s comments, I am now. This article is garbage–how can I burn 1400 calories in a workout, eat only 2000 per day, working out 5x/week, and not lose? That’s crazy. Keep swimming! I love it!

July 24, 2009 at 2:54 pm
(78) jw says:

I have been swimming 1 mile every other day and then cycle and weight training between them and I have been doing it for three and a half months straight. I have lost 55 lbs and have toned up a bit. I do have to agree with this article alittle with the hungry comment, after I get out from swimming I am starving but I normally have a bowl of cereal or two eggs for protein and that fills me up

July 31, 2009 at 8:42 am
(79) Lori says:

Wow This conversation has been going on for well over a year! And I’m glad too cause that means I can leave a comment and someone might read it! I’ve lost over 30 pounds with a major lifestyle change with calorie intake and types of foods and land exercises. But I was not at all consistent with exercising. Well now that it is summer time and I love being in the pool I go about 3 times a week anywhere from 1 to 2 hours a day. I have a ways to go to meet my goals…currently 260 wanting to lose 100 pounds. I do other things in the pool like crunches of sorts holding onto the ladder in addition to swimming. But I only swim about 5 laps straight then just have fun with my hubby doing flips and stuff. I just wonder if I’ll see any results with that at all or if what I am doing is completely pointless.

August 1, 2009 at 8:41 am
(80) cindy says:

I have tried everything and it always comes back to swimming – it tones and makes me feel good – yes I am starving when I get out – but I eat a lot of junk all the time and after ready these comments I know I can do better -

Just do not like the gym – I have a pool and I am glad I can just walk out to my backyard anytime day or night – so I really should be taking advantage of this – the excercise, the meditation – the sun and good feelings that stay with me all day- I sleep so good and am happy to wake up – I do get
stressed because I am in the habit of weighing myself everyday and that is not good – it is how you feel in your clothes and in your spirit.

I am very inspired by all of the success stories – I am glad I found this article even if it is BS because I got to see everyone’s comments.

Thank you Guys!

August 3, 2009 at 1:04 pm
(81) pete says:

The original article is way off base. Swimming is not only tremendous fitness routine but WILL help greatly in weight loss . i swim nonstop 45 minutes 5 days a week. when i get out of the pool i keep perspiring for 5-10 minutes , i have lost 5% body weigh in 6 weeks, feel great. also been able to half way drift to meditation state for 20 minutes or so while swimming. sleep better , and found that because i am making the effort to swim consistently i also think twice about what i eat. Swimming is the only a work out that takes away all the stress and strain on the body and streamlines muscle tone and mind ,lose weight , and be fit for life whether you are 50 or 90. I have worked out at a gym for last 10 months 3 days a week and walked 6 miles at a clip(never lost a pound) nothing comes close to swimming for weight loss benefit. THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE IS BOGUS .DON’T BE DETERED BY THE WRITER AND IT’S COMMENTS.KEEP SWIMMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 6, 2009 at 11:01 am
(82) Jackie says:

In response to the “eating like a horse” thing. The important thing is to eat something satisfying BEFORE the swim, I’m not saying gorge yourself, but warm breakfasts help. I LOVE oatmeal with fruit in it right before a swim to help maintain my heat. Also, there are certain strategies to help you keep your hunger in check after you get OUT of the pool as well.

The main reason why you feel hungry after a serious swim is because the water is cold and your body is using calories during the initial swim session in ADDITION to trying to keep you warm. Some people may feel uncomfortable with this but if your health club or local pool offers it, get into the hot tub, or take a hot shower. That keeps the hunger in check for a while.

Also drink tea or some soup if you’re that hungry. Those things are warm, and thus warm your body up, while having the added bonus of being very good for you and your metabolism.

Finally, and most obviously don’t eat crap. If you’re trying to loose weight, the obvious choice for your post-swim meal is not a bag of donuts. Whole grains will definitely replenish your energy qucikly, have a sandwich with whole grain bread, or an english muffin with some eggwhites.

Hope that helps!

August 6, 2009 at 11:26 am
(83) Jackie says:

Also, keep in mind that swimming for weight loss on the average person (not someone who is overweight who benefits from any attempt at exercise) entails actually swimming PROPERLY. Paddling around in the pool is not going to help you drop 10 pounds in 2 months, it just isn’t enough of a workout on the average sized human. Learning the techniques is very important, because swimming properly burns a RIDICULOUS amount of calories because you are using ever muscle in your body.

Also, adding what I call a “dry land” routine helps too. Doing moderate weight training and abdominal exercises like leg raises or medicine ball crunches will help immensely, and contributes to your over all calorie burn and toning.

Also, keep in mind that while weight loss is not drastic for the first few months you ARE in fact burning fat, and gaining muscle, which burns MORE fat.

1.) Watch what you eat(lean meats and vegetables are best as well as whole grains)
2.) Drink warm liquids after the pool(tea, soup etc)
3.) Incorporate a dry land workout every other day you swim (example tuesday, thursday, saturday)

That program should help you tone and loose weight.

August 14, 2009 at 7:53 am
(84) Emma says:

I have loved swimming all my life. Never been a
competitive swimmer but have been taking my kids swimming from 2-3 times a week, about 2-4 hours at a time. I am swimming laps chasing them all over the pool, sneaking up on them, humming the “jaws” theme and catching them as they swim away. Those are my laps but they’re definitely not back to back nonstop and I’ve lost 16lbs in 8wks and am looking more toned. I am cutting down my portions of food slightly but have not made a big diet change. This article does not take many factors into consideration such as loving the exercise you are doing. What’s the motivation if your form of exercise bores you? The kids and I found a year round pool and plan to continue our fun all year!!!

August 22, 2009 at 6:42 pm
(85) Ryan says:

I think the author is saying that there are more efficient ways to lose weight than swimming. Obviously a sedentary individual who starts any exercise routine will drop some lbs. But there are better more effective ways for the average person to lose weight.

August 31, 2009 at 2:08 am
(86) Marco says:

I have read this comments about losing weight while swimming, i’m trying to reduce my stomach and tone up my body, I have not excersice in about 5 years. so I hope this activity help me to meet my goals. I just came back from the pool!

October 5, 2009 at 2:33 pm
(87) marcia says:

I have started swimming as a means of losing weight. Reason being, I totally enjoy it, more than I do the treadmill. However, I do abdominal exercises before going to the pool. I am usually very hungry afterwards and so energized I find all sorts of housework to do, as I certainly don’t get sleepy at all. My meal immediately after consists mostly of meat and vegetables.

October 9, 2009 at 5:53 am
(88) Caspiana says:

I found drinking room temp. water right after swimming helps me quell the hunger. If I drink cold water I get very hungry.

October 21, 2009 at 3:56 am
(89) izzy says:

during my last school holidays, i started to swim about 4 to 5 times a week since i’ve got nothing else to do. surprisingly i lost about 10kgs. then i continue to swim and now i lost almost 30kgs in 4 months

October 22, 2009 at 6:33 am
(90) Angela Raphael says:

I think that you shouldn’t be too worried about what it says on the scales – your body fat percentage is a better measure as muscle weighs more than fat and there are lots of cheap gadgets to measure this. I have been swimming, going to the gym and doing tai chi since the start of this year and my body fat percentage has gone from about 46% down to 33% but my actual ‘weight’ hasn’t changed much but i would pay attention to the scales in the beginning if you are very very overweight. Swimming increases your muscles and the more you have the more calories you burn.

November 9, 2009 at 5:57 pm
(91) Mike says:

This is very interesting. But couldn’t one that since muscle weighs more than fat, this is the reason people are gaining weight? I have been swimming for quite some time and it is an excellent workout. It may not be the best for burning fat but to me it doesn’t seem to help with building muscle. So couldn’t that be it? Swimmers are building muscle mass faster than they are losing weight so it seems as if they are gaining weight. Plus the whole after a workout people just feel like sitting around seems crazy. After a swimming workout I feel like a could go run a marathon.

November 10, 2009 at 6:46 pm
(92) Jake Koetsier says:

this is bogus, i swam 5 times a week for 1 hour for 4 months and lost 40 pounds! when i stopped i gained some back, i had no change in diet what so ever…

November 23, 2009 at 2:44 am
(93) mimmy says:

I had a baby at 34 and was shocked at the post pregnancy fleshy thighs and meaty mid-riff. I started swimming six months later and i am noticing the flesh firming up and clothes becoming loose. iswimm three times a week, 750 metres. Im kind of shy so swimming is great coz i dont really have to talk to anyone. Swimming is great, and i would recommend it to anyone

November 23, 2009 at 2:45 am
(94) mimmy says:

I had a baby at 34 and was shocked at the post pregnancy fleshy thighs and meaty mid-riff, and suasage arms. I started swimming six months later and i am noticing the flesh firming up and clothes becoming loose. iswimm three times a week, 750 metres. Im kind of shy so swimming is great coz i dont really have to talk to anyone. Swimming is great, and i would recommend it to anyone

November 25, 2009 at 2:14 pm
(95) sophie says:

i really want to loose weight but im not sure if swimming once a week is working for me. im curvy and about 7 stone . do i need to do more

November 30, 2009 at 8:48 am
(96) Steve says:

I appreciate all the comments made here. I feel this article is misleading. Some further study/research involving larger population groups needs to be done. The idea that an exercise that:

1.Improves general fitness
2.Increases muscle mass
3.Burns calories

How this can be no good at burning fat/weight loss is ridiculous.

People’s self control post swimming (in regards to eating and a decision to be sedentary after the swim) is their own lifestyle choice, and should not be included as evidence that swimming does not cause people to loose weight.

Hang in there guys and gals, keep swimming and loosing the weight.

December 1, 2009 at 3:03 am
(97) Drew says:

Started swimming on June 29th this year. Could only swim 6 laps at the YMCA pool before I was out of breath. I decided to keep doing it. Every 4th or 5th day, I’d increase by 2 laps. Then I made a jump of 5 laps when I got to around 20 laps nonstop. Well, it is DEc 2nd as I type this and I have lost 70 lbs. I am up to smimming 64 laps a day. Nearly 1 mile. I am told that 72 laps is 1 mile in this pool. I have dropped 8 pant sizes.

Yea, swimming work. Diet wise, I just cut out the sweets and late night eating.

December 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm
(98) Wendy says:

My parents, both 69 y.o. have been swimming for 25 years. They look AMAZING. Yes, they watch what they eat too. I had a party a few weeks ago and my parent stopped by. when they left two people approached me and told me how great my parents look. They are in better shape than most 30 year olds.

I’ve just started swimming myself… too soon to see results but I’ll bet I look AMAZING very soon.

December 10, 2009 at 8:51 pm
(99) Alice says:

This article should be revised – as someone pointed out, the research that thre article quotes is 20 years old.

I swim everyday for half an hour and I’ve lost HEAPS of weight (I don’t use scales, but I can tell by my clothes). Don’t be discouraged, people! Swimming rocks!

December 29, 2009 at 3:20 am
(100) I Made Rai Sukaja says:

10 Ways to Exercise When You Don’t Feel Like Exercising

1. Take a walk through a favorite place. One half hour of moderately paced walking will burn 450 calories – and make you feel great
2. Go out and play a game of tag with your kids. Making exercise a family activity turns it into fun that you share with them
3. Go swimming. An annual membership to the local YMCA or YWCA is fairly inexpensive, and many have ‘scholarships’ and financial aid available. Swimming is great exercise – it’s aerobic, low stress on your joints, and a lot of fun!
4. Join an exercise class
5. Get an exercise buddy.

6. Play ball! Seriously.

7. Get a trampoline.
8. Go for a bike ride
I Made Rai Sukaja
Diet and Weight Loss


January 18, 2010 at 11:11 pm
(101) roman says:

All these statement is based on research and I say digest this statement out of your body rather then storing them in your brain. Swimming is a great exercise and you can actually loose a lot of weight from swimming. The only advise I have is just make sure you don’t go and eat a horse after swimming, just simply maintain your healthy eating and you will be fine.

January 20, 2010 at 9:39 am
(102) David Dowsett says:


I was a 200 pound 37 year old male, I started swimming 1 mile before and after work (now takes around 35-40 mins) and cycling 6 miles to work and back. All this time I have given up alchol and only eaten around 1600-1800 claries a day (less then 10% fat, by weight).

My waist was 38″ and gaining, now my wait is size 34″ but have not had the “balls” to weigh myself, not sure why, fear of disappointment I think, but am going to join the gym to add some weight training and they weight you first, i’m hoping i’m now around 150 pounds, I know I look a lot thiner.

I think this artical is total balls and glad I did not read it 6 months go ‘swimming.about.com’ shame on you.

January 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm
(103) Two Wheelr says:

SO…I’m 40 and weighed in at the start 309 lbs. 6’2″ and a 42 inch waist. I have been swimming everyday between 40 and 60 lengths with bicycling thrown in and the scale has started moving. Nothing for the first week or so but I am also using a food diary online to make sure portions and the amount I’m eating coincide with my program/ It’s been 3 weeks and I am in the 200′s again and feel great. This article is not accurate anymore

January 30, 2010 at 12:25 am
(104) Tarlochan Sangra says:

I am 56 I did’nt know how to swim . On nov 10th 2009 I joind our local pool and started swimminig using float belt. I started with about 6-10 laps an hour which was very tiring for me. Now I swim 40-45 25m lenghts .since then I’ve lost only about 6pounds. But my old Pants and shirts started to fit me. My muscles are tighter most of my aches and pains are gone ( i had back surgery about six years ago) I am loving it .I can finally swim now withought float belt I am enjoying it . And made few friend I swim with. I usually eat a friut after a swim.

February 15, 2010 at 4:52 am
(105) taz79 says:

This article is definately rubbish,swimming does work im 4 stone lighter in 5 months after swimming for 1 hour per day and feel absolutely fantastic.good luck with u swimming guys ,keep it up.im off to the pool :-)

March 2, 2010 at 11:37 pm
(106) Jessica Hinchley says:

This is to Courtney and anyone else reading this article: as a prior competitive swimmer, swim instructor, lifeguard, and Aquatics Director for many years, I have to say that swimming is an excellent form of exercise!

Yes, you can and will lose inches with consistency. And some people were wrong when they said that you’ll gain muscle and keep fat to leave you bulkier. Medical and scientific research all prove that as you build lean muscle tissue, you burn more calories and adipose tissue (aka fat). You will get an overall toned look if you swim regularly, even 2-3 times a week. And the key is to find something you can do for the rest of your life and stick to. If swimming is that activity for you like it has been for me for years, don’t give up because of this misleading article!

Please check out Dr. Miriam E. Nelson’s book “Strong Women Stay Slim” for lots of research-based, medically sound information on combining aerobic exercise with moderate strength training for great weight loss strategies and lifelong health!!

March 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm
(107) Ray says:

I was a marathon runner for 25 years. After countless injuries, (including a ruptured Achilles) I could no longer run. 5 years and 35lbs later, I knew I needed to do something. I started swimming.

I’ve been swimming now for 18 weeks. I’m doing 1.5 miles per week now and want to do 8-10. I have lost about 9 lbs but gained long, lean muscle. I do a straight mile and then do assorted drills – takes me about 1 hr 15m to finish.

I agree that when you get out of the pool, there is an incredible hunger. I think it is caused by the cool water. You just have to watch out. I drink a banana smoothie (dry milk and bananas) to fill me up.

I thank God for swimming. I’m getting close to 60 and it’s something I can do everyday. Unlike running, you can do speed work everyday with swimming. My knee pains are gone and I feel super.

April 20, 2010 at 11:34 am
(108) Debra says:

I started taking Water Aerobics once a week and then added lap swimming other 3 days. But on my lap days, I use hand and feet fins and a kick board for an extra workout. I have been doing this since August 2009 and I have lost inches. I went from a size 16/18 to a 12/14. I don’t pay attention to the scale at all. I let my clothes do the talking and have lost many inches. I am in the best shape of my life. While I do get hungry after swimming, I usually eat some soup or tuna. When I miss a couple of days, I feel it and I can’t wait to get back. This article is misleading. I recommend swimming to everyone for losing weight and toning up.

April 22, 2010 at 5:16 am
(109) Kara says:

This article is definitely misleading! Most indoor pools are heated but that wasn’t taken into account. There’s so many factors that weren’t.

I’ve been swimming about 4 times a week for over an hour and have been at it for nearly two months. I haven’t lost weight according to the scale but I have lost a lot of body fat even while developing a voracious appetite. Swimming builds lean muscle mass which not only takes time to build and weighs more than fat but the body needs to develop it to burn fat.

If you swim and don’t lose weight or fat, listen up. Interval training is the key. You gotta get your heart rate up and increase the speed. You need to do laps and get your hair wet! As for calories, swimmers need complex carbohydrates as recovery foods and those pack a ton! I’m not hungry after swimming but that’s because I do the body builder routine of smaller meals throughout the day.

Throw out your scales and focus on body fat because that’s all that really matters. Swimming is excellent for trimming fat! Keep going! :)

April 27, 2010 at 10:04 am
(110) Pete in Harrogate says:

I love swimming, and swim at the local pool a few times a week. However, the more I swim, the hungrier I am. I guess I am one of those who does eat like a horse after a swim, but I think thats because I burn so much energy. Different bodies have different responses.

May 6, 2010 at 12:33 pm
(111) cie says:

I just learned to swim in August at the age of 40–now I’m addicted to it. These studies about weight loss just don’t take the whole picture into account. I feel so much less stress after I swim because of being immersed in water–this is better for my mental health and my physical health. I recently weight myself and had gained about 5 pounds since I started swimming more regularly (5x per week)–yet people keep telling me I like healthy and like I’ve lost weight, and I feel amazing and toned. I don’t care that I gained weight–what matters is how healthy one feels.

May 9, 2010 at 3:14 am
(112) Peggy says:

My soon to be 6 year old son has always been a tall child with some chubb on him. We started swimming 2 months ago (he has lessons once a week and we go as a family almost daily). I noticed this morning that he is losing the chubbiness & is getting very lean. Swimming is great exercise.

May 30, 2010 at 9:04 am
(113) sylk258 says:

I am 6’1 255 lbs. 38 yrs old I have all the energy in the world and i think i owe it all to swimming. I eat like a fool!!! Soon as i get out the pool im looking for a Mcdonalds and i maintain my weight. I am aware if i wanna loose weight i need a better diet. I swim a mile like 4 times a week and it makes me feel great. I find it comfortable to lift weights and then do laps. for some reason it makes the pain from lifting go away. idk but i will swim before running any day!!

June 6, 2010 at 7:46 am
(114) sam hellon says:

WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! this article has clearly been written by an over studied university student who obviously has never swam 25m in his/her life or they would know the massive benefits/results/feelings and confidence swimming gives you. i am 22 yrs of age and i am a taxi driver who up until 3 months ago very rarely moved off the seat of my fat factory ford mondeo. and like everyone else, knew swimming would be ideal for cardio, fat burn and lean muscle gain, and has proved me right! i eat 3-4 times a day reasonable portions, at least one of these is a protien shake usually directly after my swim. very low fat food,(chicken, rice, pasta, veg’s) combined with 5 times a week swim, 1 mile each time, UNBELIEVABLE RESULTS!!! NO MORE CHUBBY ROUND FACE OR CHIN, NO MORE INNER THIGH FAT, LOVE HANDLES ALMOST CHURNED AWAY AND LEFT WITH THAT NICE V SHAPE LOWER STOMACH EVERYONE WANTS!!! SWIMMING WORKS! BUT DONT WEIGH YOURSELF, LIKE EVERY1 ELSE SAYS , LET YOUR FEELINGS AND CLOTHES TALK!!! GET YOUR GOGGLES ON!!

June 7, 2010 at 11:57 am
(115) Narinder says:

Has Tarlochan Sangra lived in Leeds – if so I would like to make contact – we lived in the neighbourhood.

June 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm
(116) panda078 says:

Hello everyone and thank you all for all your insight…luckily from what everyone is saying, i didn’t read the article and i came across this blog thingy in hopes to learn how to swim b/c i signed up for my first sprint triatholon in august 2010…and from everyones good advice and comments i’m definatly going to start swimming today…i found that i can go to a rec center in brklyn ny for not to much membership fee…and all of your posts helped very much and now i’m very excited about starting to swim…i think the big key is to eat a bananna b4 and/or after the swim and definatly drink something warm after the swim but i don’t know how much this will apply to me b/c i’ll be swimming in a heated pool…THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR MOTIVATIONAL INSIGHT…i hope i don’t drown…eny brooklyn

June 11, 2010 at 6:50 pm
(117) tsangra says:

Sorry folks this is for Narinder for comment#117 Yes I am from Leeds . you can contact me @ tsangra@hotmail.com

June 16, 2010 at 9:13 am
(118) maria says:

i started dieting in march of this year i am 33 and i weighed 15 and a half stone i started eating healthy and going swimming once a week now 4 month down the line i now weigh 11 and half stone due to to going swimming and eating well i think swimming helps to give u more energy if you keep going regular i think im always gonna go now cos i love it so much

June 26, 2010 at 1:29 am
(119) Nishant says:

Swimming is great exercise. While you may not be satisfied with what weight you lose, it certainly makes you feel good.
You actually start feeling younger. I learned swimming very late, (started only last year, when I was 32), and this has become a great regret for me.
So people, if you don’t swim, just give it a try… you will thank yourself for that.

July 3, 2010 at 9:39 pm
(120) Emily says:

I am so glad to read all of these comments! Thank you guys for all of these words of encouragement and inspiration. I have always loved swimming; I am a fish! But, I have also always hated exercise and not felt good at any type of exercise. Recently, I have become desperate and down on myself because I cannot stick to any exercise routine, and because my appetite is out of control and it seems that I cannot control myself. That is when my mind turned to swimming. I am excited at the prospect of a consistent exercise that I enjoy. I sure hope that I can be consistent. I am so grateful for the people out there who have given this great advice (in the comments; NOT the article!). I need all the help I can get!

Happy 4th!

July 19, 2010 at 6:52 pm
(121) Dale says:

Someone wrote earlier and i just wated to re-iterate that swimming not help you lose weight. I started swimming years ago and do between 3 and 5k per day (every day).

It will give you a great body but you wont lose weight….and remember, once you stop, all that hard earned muscle will turn to jelly.

If you wanna lose weight, have a big lunch then go running at dinner time, it’ll kill your apetite.Have some fruit when you come home then go to bed.

August 3, 2010 at 6:14 pm
(122) Nezz says:

I do not agree with this article at all. I’m a female and for the past months between exams and stress in my life I gained a few extra pounds. For the past week and since I have a pool at home and I’m off of college I’ve been training about 3/4 hours a day in the pool both by swimming laps and leg and arm kicks. It’s been a week, my diet hasn’t changed and I lost 8 pounds. I know I’m one of those females who works out a few days and the results show but still that’s enough to prove the article is wrong and that is possible not only to lose pounds by swimming but also to tone the body.

August 5, 2010 at 5:14 am
(123) raavanan says:

i forgot to go to office.i am still in the pool.y you do not remind me ?

August 6, 2010 at 6:42 am
(124) Bradley says:

Thank you all for the good words of wisdom and encouragement. And to anybody who is looking for a good way to get healthier and in better shape – swimming is IT.
Don’t worry about what the scale says, not everybody is going to lose a ton of weight – but that’s not the goal, the goal is to lose fat and be healthier. Focus instead on how much better your clothes fit and how much better you feel.

Most importantly, keep swimming!

August 15, 2010 at 1:45 am
(125) Ram says:

Swimming is the best exercise I have ever experienced.. I lost 23 kgs in 11 months by just swimming (1500 meters every day) and control in diet. However, when I stopped swimming due to high work pressure, I gained back atleast 5 kilos..Now I am back to the pool, to work it out.

September 14, 2010 at 12:30 am
(126) Kyle says:

One thing appears to have been overlooked by the article writer. The amount of weight loss may vary according to body fat ratio.

If someone had a very low amount of body fat, there’s hardly any fat to burn (i.e. weight loss) and any muscle gain will cause weight gain.

If someone had a very high amount of body fat, there’s more fat to burn and hence a lot more potential for weight loss as opposed to someone who hardly has any fat.

A 200-lbs swimmer of similar height is much more likely to lose weight than a 100-lbs swimmer, for the reasons stated above.

In addition, the more lean muscle amassed through swimming (as well as weightlifting), the more metabolism is revved and the quicker fat will be burned. It also comes down to eating habits (calories usually consumed per meal), so eating in moderation rather than excess assists in weight loss.

September 29, 2010 at 10:01 am
(127) Becks says:

No question that weight loss can be slower with swimming – BUT! I have been swimming two miles 6xweek for five weeks and dieting rigorously. I have lost 10 lbs, which is not a lot compared to what I have lost on other exercise regimens, but my clothes are much looser – in fact, unlike in other times when I have lost more weight, I now have jeans that slide off if I don’t keep hiking them up!!! People keep commenting on how healthy I look – so choose what you want: good health and tone win it for me!!

October 8, 2010 at 11:25 pm
(128) morgan says:

im young and im extremely ashamed of my body as i am surrounded by fit and skinny people in high school. me and my family are repainting the pool so it will be ready for hot spring and even hotter summer. and considering the circumstances i thought i could lose weight is i swam everyday as well as diet ( not too much though on the dieting) and possibly went running or walking or just excersising on the days i cant swim A.K.A when i go to my fathers (he lives on a farm with no pool). would it work? im sick of going to dance and seeing everyone else look great. morgan

October 9, 2010 at 11:21 pm
(129) BuckCronkite says:

This very discouraging article should be completely ignored. Fortunately I stumbled upon it AFTER I’d been swimming for a solid month (1/2 mile 6 days a week). The truth is found in the fit of the clothes… and not the scale (chuck it or donate it to Goodwill). Now everybody back into the pool.

October 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm
(130) JOKI says:

Swimming is good exercise and will keep you fit and strong. That being said, because you work your whole body it is tiring and will make you hungrier post workout than some other sports such as running. I think one of the keys to losing weight w/ swimming is to first re-hydrate immediately after you finish training. It is easy to forget this because you are in the water. Then wait a while before having a meal or snack to re-fuel. Chances are that you will feel less ravenous and more likely to make better food decisions depending upon your fitness level.

October 30, 2010 at 4:42 pm
(131) Toni says:

I would have to say this article makes no sense considering how I feel. This was my first week of lap swimming, I’m in a water aerobics class and was told to swim a lap (back & forth) and was surprised at how I felt. I’m very over weight 5’1 336 lbs, eating healthy and swimming. My assessment of the first week is yikes! My entire body is sore, not that bad sore but the “wake up muscles” sore. Within my first week, my back pain went almost completely away and I can walk further distances. Never have I had a complete workout the way swimming gives it. I’m up to 15 – 18 laps in 40 – 60 min, that’s increased within a week because I started off at 10 laps (I count a lap back and forth). When i start swimming I feel every ache and have to stop to catch my breath but after i get past my 7 – 10th lap, I feel like I can swim for ever! I drink the shake from the thinervention show ( 1 scoop of whey protein, 1 scoop of mega greens, 1tbsp of : flaxseed oil, L-carnitine, BCAA powder, and L-Glutamine powder) at least 1 hour before I swim and have no time to eat when I get out the pool because if its M/W/F I have to go to class right after or if it’s T/Th, I go straight to sleep (have a seriously early job). I about 6:30 a.m. in the morning and will be doing it monday – friday. I started my weightloss efforts 1 week before I started swimming. I was 336 lbs and went down to 319 lbs (lot’s of water weight from eating fastfood). I now weigh 317, I was 313 teusday but I guess once the swimming kicked in I started gaining muscle. After my first week I found I was over the top hungry on friday and fouled up eating the tops of two pizza’s. Today’s saturday and now I’m back on track and realize my slip up was because of the development of muscles I’m earning so I’ll use this info next time and grab a fruit! Hope this over the top assessment of my first week helped someone!

October 30, 2010 at 4:48 pm
(132) Toni says:

Dude! I forgot the 2 cups of mixed berries and 1 cup of spinach for the shake recipe

October 31, 2010 at 4:44 pm
(133) Susan says:

Swimming is fun and It’s a great work out. I just hate what it does to my hair. I stopped swimming for about 4 months when my brother was sick and all my clothes started getting tight. I have been swimming again for about a month for an hour a day and my clothes fit good again. I will aways make time for swimming.

November 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm
(134) Sarah says:

After swimming for roughly three months on a swim team, I lost nine pounds. I’ve always been an athlete, but no sport has toned me up as much as this. In the past, I have swam leisurely for about the same amount of time and lost about two pounds. While on the team, I swam FAST and HARD every day. I suppose that if you train hard at anything you get great results.

November 28, 2010 at 2:33 am
(135) Hadassah says:

hey plzzzzzzzz.. thanks to all.. but plz genuinely tell me.. whether we gain weight after stopping swimming or not….coz i love swimming but i’m afraid of gaining over weight after stopping swimming.

November 30, 2010 at 8:46 pm
(136) exercise for weight loss says:

I think swimming is great exercise. I get a lot out of it. At first i read this and was discouraged but, Angela’s comments are true. You need to stick with what you like. I like swimming because it is not jarring and invigorates.

December 1, 2010 at 12:33 am
(137) Naynay says:

Argh, as if I needed another reason not to swim. I dislike it immensely.

The industrial chemicals required to mute the urine and other substances people deposit in pools – and plenty do, more than would admit it – are HORRIBLE for skin and hair. They have to be bad for life, in order to kill all the micro-organisms that would otherwise thrive in that environment. So on top of dead wee and dead skin and whatever else, there are dead diseases in there. Some push through, at least to the concrete – warts anyone? Oh yeah, you can get “clean” in those horrible, grim showers.

I also dislike the noisy kids and rough-housing teenagers; the lazy people who hog the edges of the pool; the ‘splashers’; the pervs; the strutters… I only like the old people. Who, come to think of it, would be just like everyone else if they could. But at least their swim caps are entertaining.

On top of that, in my case, because of my eyesight I have to splurge on expensive custom goggles. Or risk pinkeye or whatever by wearing my contacts in. Or just veer into the kids and whatnot.

Writing this, I’m realizing that I actually hate swimming. It sucks beyond belief that it’s the only exercise I’m allowed to do right now.

December 31, 2010 at 8:31 am
(138) phill morgan says:

have bein swiming for ten yrs but steped up my program and do two miles in 6o min am 55 yrs old and have lost over two stone the last two years

January 3, 2011 at 6:35 pm
(139) Richard Williams says:

As a regular swimmer(4 times weekly ) I have noted that the majority of people swim with such poor technique that they cannot possibly get their heart rates high enough or long enough to hope to lose weight. However if you have the technique to swim well you will naturally keep you heart rate high. I lost 15Kg over 6 months with swimming and reduced refined sugar/carb intake. I have also stayed at the correct weight for over a year. 53yo male

January 10, 2011 at 4:57 am
(140) Stephen Lewis says:

At 55, having studied law for four years in addition to work, I have had little opportunity for exercise. Now I’m getting myself into shape.

I did all of the dietary stuff before starting my swimming programme.

After four months of swimming 2,000 metres five days a week, I have lost no weight at all. So the article may be right.

However, I have lost inches on my waist, my blood pressure has dropped by 30, my pulse has dropped by 30, and I feel as fit as I felt in my thirties.

The weight angle is disappointing. Perhaps a few more months of swimming will help.

January 12, 2011 at 11:28 pm
(141) bryon says:

im looking to tone up overall. anyone have some good swimming routines?

January 26, 2011 at 6:26 am
(142) Stephen Lewis says:

Is this forum now broken? My posting appeared for a few hours and then went again.

February 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm
(143) Fea says:

Actually, swimming is not very good for weight loss (unless of course you have never exercised and start all of a sudden) because of the cold water. Have you ever seen a skinny female olympic swimmer ? Nope…they are pretty chunky….also, the male swimmers lack lower body muscles…awkward body. But the cold water has a great impact on why the sport is not so great for weight loss…there are researches on the subject…look online.

February 22, 2011 at 4:44 am
(144) Yeye says:

After reading http://healthmad.com/weight-loss/want-to-lose-weight-fast-dont-swim
am pretty sure that swimming does lose weight…to be more precise, SLOWLY lose weight

February 22, 2011 at 4:46 am
(145) Yeye says:

After reading http://healthmad.com/weight-loss/want-to-lose-weight-fast-dont-swim,
Am pretty sure that swimming does lose weight…to be more precise, SLOWLY lose weight

March 13, 2011 at 4:27 pm
(146) Penny says:

I used to swim alot as a child, stopped swimming at 16 & then started again 24 years later. My swimming is still strong & I have lost over 2 stone in the last 18 months. Not only has it helped me in loosing weight, I have not had to use my Asthma inhaler once.

I admit like everything, sometimes I get a little bored but I make myself go at least 3 to 5 times a week.

March 25, 2011 at 6:50 am
(147) Catherine says:

I I have been swimming for 3 weeks now, I have lost an inch off my tummy but no weight. I am doing it because I want to tone up for my wedding (Chest area, bingo wings and tum) I am about a stone and a half over weight but losing weight isn’t my motivation, I want to FEEL fit and more toned. Already i am down a jean size (I swim 50 lengths which takes me 35 minutes) 3 times a week. My goal is not to do more yet, just to do it in a quicker time and then start to increase the ammount. I love it, i swam as a kid in local comps and galas and the feeling I get is indescribable. I come out tired and hot but happy and not feeling like I might vomit!
I think it’s all moderation, eat less, exercise as much as you can when you can and enjoy it. Happy people often find the weight drops off cause their focus is being happy and fit..not wishing it away on a crazy ideal that is unachievable.
I urge everyone to get cracking and see what happens. you aren’t going to get fatter are you?! Cat U.K

April 9, 2011 at 5:27 am
(148) Josh says:

It’s articles like this that are the reason America is overweight. I do not care what people say or experience, any form of exercise is good. My best friend in high school was a swimmer and water polo player and he never lifted weights a day in his life. I, on the other hand, was a football player and power lifted 3 times a week. My friend beat me in every competition of strength and even doubled me in the amount of pushups we could do.

Judging by those results I can conclude that swimming builds muscle very fast and very efficiently. So in theory you will not lose weight but you will look much better and be more confident.

May 25, 2011 at 9:07 am
(149) sarah says:

I started swimming again 3 weeks ago and have just completed week 1 of a challenge to go from 700m to 1 mile in 6 weeks. My weight loss from my diet has completely stalled although I havent put any on – but I’ve got thinner. I guess over time if i carry on with the diet and swimming the weight will come off too – I have about 40 lbs to lose. I dont see why swimming at less than competition rate shouldn’t help! Surely you burn up a load of energy trying to learn something and doing it inefficiently!

May 25, 2011 at 9:25 am
(150) Jayne says:

I am very encouraged by the comments here. I used to run 25 miles a week, but after a diagnosis of scoliosis, arthritis, ruptured disc and hip dysplasia 2 years ago I can now barely walk a mile without intense pain (I’m 39) The weight has been creeping back and I have been told to do no-impact exercise. I hate being on a bike/elliptical in a gym like a hamster on a wheel for an hour. My pool is too small for lap swimming, but I am going to give pool walking a try. It’s my only choice at this point. I am not giving up!

May 26, 2011 at 5:39 am
(151) frank says:

Swimming can be counted as a cardiovascular exercise. Although it is quite intensive on the arms, shoulders and wing area, swimming is still under cardiovascular. And to answer your question, yes swimming is a good exercise for weight loss provided you have a proper diet program. As mentioned from the comments above, doing exercise alone won’t help you. Diet and exercise goes hand in hand to losing weight.

May 29, 2011 at 7:03 am
(152) Shpend says:

I was overweight closer to obese when i started swimming in highschool. I joined the swim team, and after the first season about 3-4 months, I lost at least 20 pounds, and gained alot of confidence in the way i looked. I did however swim about 3000-5000 meters a day, which may not be very applicable for most people, but I got into the best shape of my life due to swimming. I tried running consistantly about like 3 miles a day, and after about like 3-4 weeks, i got crazy shin splints and couldn’t exercise anymore, never had that problem with swimming.

May 29, 2011 at 7:29 pm
(153) Elena says:

of course swimming helps you lose weight. but of course that is if you swim hard and for a decent amount of time. when you use swimming as exercise this doesn’t mean laying on a raft you have to do back and forth laps and lots of them. swimming is great exercise for weight loss as long as you are willing to put in that work as is with any weight loss exercise

May 30, 2011 at 10:19 pm
(154) CLF says:

People need to stop saying “muscle weighs more than fat”. Muscle does not WEIGH more. A lb of muscle and a lb of fat weigh exactly the same: 1 lb! Losing 1 lb of fat and gaining 1 lb of muscle makes you exactly the same weight, however, the 1 lb of muscle is SMALLER IN SIZE than the lb of fat which equals inches lost.

June 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm
(155) Ted says:

I have swam on and off since I was about 3-4 years old. Now almost 40. I recently got my girlfriend into it and she transformed her body in 3 months from pretty average build to lean and totally fit she lost about 15 pounds from 120-105ish. I lost about 40 lbs in about 6 months and kept most of it off.

The key is diet, intensity and variation. Loosing weight can absolutely be achieved through swimming but there is more to it. If you can, bike to the pool or lift weights 1-2x a week, push ups, sit ups and crunches + swimming will do the trick. The key is diet/eating, low carbs, low fat, high protein diets (notice I did’t say “no carbs/fat”= unrealistic) .Also it is important to vary your swim routines, one day do 50 sprints, another kick-board and sprints, another 1 long swim, next day, breast stroke and free…you get the idea. As soon as you get too comfortable in the pool, change your routine and you will see results.

June 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm
(156) kirsty says:

i’m going to start swimming this week and am very excited, yes the article is misleading, muscle weighs more than fat and by building muscle your losing that fat and losing inches. some people reading the article are going to feel very discouraged and not bother going. it’s exercise at the end of the day and it’s good for people FACT.

June 7, 2011 at 8:12 pm
(157) JS says:

A BIG thankyou to everyone for the comments! I’ll be joining a swimming pool from next week-although my first reason is to able to know swim(asa life-saving technique), my secong reason definitely is to lose weight and finally to be able to keep fit! Your comments have helped me so much! I’m so looking forward to it!

June 7, 2011 at 8:12 pm
(158) JS says:

A BIG thankyou to everyone for the comments! I’ll be joining a swimming pool from next week-although my first reason is to be able to know to swim(asa life-saving technique), my secong reason definitely is to lose weight and finally to be able to keep fit! Your comments have helped me so much! I’m so looking forward to it!

June 13, 2011 at 10:09 am
(159) sofea says:

thanks guys for ur comments,..im 23 years ols,..no basic swimmig,..a bit old to learn swimming because im too busy studying,..but im too passion about swimming,..i just join swimming club that will be start next week,..i like to play with water and i can even able to float myself on water surface,..this article almost discourage me to change my life,..of course i want to lose my weight too,..after read through all ur coments,..so helped me,..thanks,..

June 15, 2011 at 2:44 pm
(160) Alison says:

To say that swimming won’t help you lose weight is false. I’ve been a swimmer for thirteen years and I am a very small person, who happens to be in fantastic shape. I would think that the people who say it doesn’t, don’t swim enough or are not talented enough to swim at a level where swimming will truly work wonders.. Maybe those people should stick to a workout anyone can do.. Like run.

June 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm
(161) Mike S says:

I agree with those who say that most of the people who don’t lose weight in a full-body excercise like swimming simply aren’t pushing themselves enough. Just because it’s low impact doesn’t mean it can be low effort. It’s like people in a spin class who don’t put any resistence on the fly wheel and wonder why they aren’t losing any weight.

If you’re a beginner, get comfortable in the pool first by learning correct technique so you’re not fighting against the water but cutting through it. Then add distance and speed that keeps your’re heart rate higher for longer. It’s a simple equation.

Addtional cross training is recommended as well as weights. Plus, does anyone really have to tell you that dieting is important as well? If extreme hunger after swimming is a problem for you, try having a smoothie or protein shake immediately after.

Ultimately, it’s a great excersie as a part of a healthy lifestyle. There’s something very zen about it as well.

This article is misleading at best, harmfull at worst.

June 18, 2011 at 5:24 am
(162) K. Girish says:

thats true, swimming is awesome exercise, u only lose weight and not gain, provided you need to realy swimm and not relax in pool, it also helps reduce belly.

June 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm
(163) Carl Wilder says:

Thanx for the discouragement! I am not over weight, but liked the thought of knowing im doing some good to my figure!

June 21, 2011 at 8:54 pm
(164) Barbara Matranga says:

I started swimmming when I was 11 yrs. old and took off with it, on a swim team and mile a day. marathons, etc. I loved it. I stayed toned and my waist was 22 inches. hardly that for women now days. of course no fast foods places all over then. I am trying to find a nice pool heated and a Sr. Team that works out year round and I live in Houston, Texas, it is very hot here, I have not been yet in neighborhood pool. I need to start. I do exercises but nothing is as great as swimming. Does anyone know of a link. or phone number where a group meets for swimming and Sr. Swim team in houston Texas. thanks.

June 23, 2011 at 10:13 am
(165) Gillian says:

I lost about 30 lbs in 3 months after I started swimming and stopped drinking beer. It may have easily been not drinking beer anymore that helped me loose weight, but, if nothing else, the swimming made me relaxed and toned me. I <3 it!

July 1, 2011 at 11:28 am
(166) Kate says:

I think this article is misleading as well. Even if it didn’t provide adequate cardio exercise, it is very effective for working muscles and the more muscle you build, the more fat you can burn. swimming along with another good cardio routine would probably be more effective for weight loss, but i don’t really see how swimming wouldn’t be extremely effective for weight loss.

July 4, 2011 at 9:20 am
(167) Jack says:

I have been swimming for about 7 years, since i was 7… Swiming has kept me physically fit for all that time, I am proof that swimming tones and builds up muscle and keeps fat off… I do a 30 minute session a week and have a BMI of 19.2 i dont eat particularly healthy ( although i should ) and i do roughly 200 minutes of PE at school. From swimming i have a very well toned upper back, abdomen and shoulders… swimming at a steady pace will give you a large amount of endurance, for example in 50 minutes i managed to swim 100 25m lengths, which is around 30 seconds a length… Swimming DOES burn body fat and DOES Build muscle…..

July 10, 2011 at 11:27 am
(168) olivia says:

Hi, I tried my local gym, did exercises on the treadmill, bikes etc, i got bored, wasn’t lossing much weight. I decided to try some other form of exercise, SWIMMING. I swimm 3x a week. I feel so great, my musecles have improved and feel more energetic and less hungry, and I eat less, seemed to eat healtheir. I recommend swimming 100%X more than the gym.

July 10, 2011 at 10:04 pm
(169) Rhonda says:

Thank you for all the comments I started swimming with a goad of 1 hour every day! i love it!!!

July 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm
(170) Ross says:

Hi, I have a real story about my father, he was a diet which includes mostly tomato+Cucumber and almost nonfat foods and was swimming 2 hours /day..but really he swims always fast and he always find a target in the sea to try reach in limited time.
Anyways he lost at that time 20 kg ( I don’t know how many lbs)
And if he was not my father I should not believe but I think the most important think is continuity and when you start swimming just to concentrate that and to get natural Nutrition instead of Refined foods..

July 18, 2011 at 3:07 am
(171) Francis Parakkal says:

Swimming is a fantastic exercise to lose weight, tone your body and avoid strain on your body. For those who are looking for a quick weight reduction ie within 4-6 weeks, swimming is not the right choice. The tread mill is a better choice. However, if you swim for around 6 months you can be pretty sure that your weight loss would exceed most other forms of exercise. The reason – when you swim, unlike most other exercises like walking or running, you work all your muscles and as a result your muscle mass increases than other forms of exercise. Over a period of time this very muscle mass helps in losing more calories than walking or running. So, just enjoy swimming. It is the best exercise on this planet to keep you fit and in shape.

July 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm
(172) Scott Weber says:

I started swimming 3-4 nights a week back in Nov of 2009 . I weighed in at 247 lbs then. I started out with 12 lengths of a 25meter pool and after 3 -4 weeks increased to 32 lenghts and soon after that increased to 64 lengths. After 6 months of training i lost 22 lbs. and have continued my training. It is July 2011 and I have lost a total of 32 lbs and yes I also ate a bit less. They key to ALL weight loss is portion control and exercise. It worked for me and it can work of you. I am now a healthy 215 lbs and at 6’3″, I feel great! Have a funtastic summer everyone.

July 29, 2011 at 12:45 pm
(173) Asw2011 says:

I am 200 pounds and have been swimming laps in my pool, I have read you may not loose weight but tone. Since Im not in shape will that build muscle over fat and give me a bulky look?! I hope not! Or will it burn that fat and just tone the lean muscle over all, I need help! Thanks :)

July 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm
(174) Asw2011 says:

I’m a 200 pound female and I have just started swimming this week. I have been reading reviews about the lean muscle building and since I am on the overweight side would this make my muscles bulky by putting muscle over fat or will it burn the fat and give me nice lean muscles and help drop inches?

July 29, 2011 at 12:57 pm
(175) Asw2011 says:

Last year I was 215 and started eating better and doing yoga In 3 1/2 months I got down to 175 because I fell out of the routine, however when I did yoga I noticed my body was shrinking the fat that was on my body was shrinking!! Do you guys believe that swimming will shrink your fat like yoga did?

August 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm
(176) ErikM says:

Good comments overall but does anyone else notice a theme? The people that are advocating swimming as an exercise to lose weight mention calorie intake and diet control as well as the intensity and amount of swimming. The fact remains that no matter what “activity” you choose, if you don’t control your eating habits and push yourself physically you will most likely remain where you are in the larger scheme of personal fitness. It is basic: eat healthy (do your research, don’t believe everything you see/hear about foods), watch the amount of calories you put into your body, and if you decide to use swimming (or any other exercise) PUSH yourself physically to burn excess calories.

August 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm
(177) Will says:

Was doing some research on this topic and this came up, from the other article, newer then the original article here, mentioned the following.

1) A calorie is a calorie, run to burn 100 is the same as swimming to burn 100.
2) You can going to burn more calories if you swim in cold water source then in a warm or body temperature pool. This has caused problems in various studies because they used different temperatures, also professional swimmers tend to train in warmer temperature water then your local pool.
3) The main difference between swimming and running is that after they are complete most runners have a warmer body temperature and are less hungry while swimmers have a colder body temperature and are hungry. As such swimmers will eat and take in calories while runners will not so in the long run runners tend to loose weight quicker.

August 11, 2011 at 7:09 am
(178) John says:

I have read article that claim that weight loss is related to the temperature of the water. If you swim in warmer water you can lose more weight. I think this article doesn’t take that into account :)

August 13, 2011 at 12:47 am
(179) Andrea says:

I swam five days a week for an hour (2000m) for 3 weeks (at a moderate pace) and went from 110 lbs to 103 lbs. This may not seem like a lot but losing weight when you’re already light is harder than going from 200 lbs – 180lbs. So swimming does help you lose weight.

August 22, 2011 at 4:32 am
(180) Linda says:

9 months ago I weighed 262 pounds. I am 5’4 and looked like a barrel. I could barely walk around the block without the use of inhalers and my legs and knees ached. I was desperate to lose weight but had always failed at dieting. I summoned up the courage to go to the local pool and started by doing just 10 lengths and having to stop inbetween. I reached 100 lengths without stopping about 3 months later. Now i swim 64 lengths (1 mile) 5 times a week. I find this easier on my knees as I only do breaststoke. My weight? I am now 204 pounds with 40 more pounds to lose and this is without counting a single calorie. I have introduced fruit and cut back on carbohydrates and sweet stuff. Some days I had to force myself to go to the pool but it has been worth it…. I can now walk for miles without using my inhalers and I cannot believe how toned my body is. In fact I look about 10 pounds slimmer than I weigh. I am 52 and have an underactive thyroid….swimming works, get in the pool and try it….I wish I had done it years ago!!

August 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm
(181) Pedrinho says:

I think swimming is beneficial not only for weight loss but for healthier lifestyle altogether..I swim regularly and i notices slow but steady weight loss, i tone my muscles and my body changed( muscle are somehow longer in appearance). I recommend people to swim regularly.

August 23, 2011 at 8:55 am
(182) Brad says:

I’ve been swimming now for 10 weeks. 40 mins 6 times a week. My shirts on my upper body are now bulging and buttons are gaping across my chest. I’ve developed that pretty cool looking triangle shape on my back that swimmers get and my wife can’t keep her hands off me. My jeans and trousers are hanging off my waist, bum and thighs. Stomach is much flatter and little indentations are developing where I assume my six pack is coming through. I can run up three flights of stairs to my office now without even getting out of breath.

I’ve also gained half a stone and I couldn’t care less.

August 25, 2011 at 4:54 am
(183) Francis Parakkal says:

I have been swimming regularly every day for the last 53 days. I have been swimming at least one hour a day. On day 1 my weight was 94kg. After 53 days of swimming, my weight has come down to 89kg. I have been eating good breakfast (4 slices of bread with cheese and jam) and one or two bananas, lots of water. Lunch is one sandwich (vegetarian). Dinner is one Subway chicken salad. Rarely, some chocolates and other snacks and fruits.

August 29, 2011 at 11:14 am
(184) dan says:

I am 54,male,258 lbs as of 8/29/11. Have a huge gut that is just not tolerable anymore. Have started doing laps slowly using breaststroke which is an easy going motion for me. Two knee replacements and two screws in one ankle have forced me to the pool. Older guys, I mean 80 plus are kicking my ass. Doing a mile everyday. Motivation is contagious and swimming is a fine way to relieve stress and ease joint pain. This will be a way of life foe the duration of my existence.

God Bless

September 19, 2011 at 3:06 pm
(185) Karen says:

If someone likes to swim and needs to lose weight, they should swim. It’s important to do an activity that is enjoyable. Swimmers can sign up for a 6 month program at http://usopenwaterswimming.org/virtualswim.htm

September 26, 2011 at 11:14 am
(186) Dave says:

I cut down on my saturated fat intake and swam non stop breaststroke for half an hour two or three times a week, I lost 2 1/2 stone in about seven months, I stopped swimming for about three months but maintained a healthy diet and gained 2lbs, I’m now back at the pool to keep the weight off. It DEFINATELY worked for me.

October 9, 2011 at 9:02 pm
(187) ron says:

56 YO triathlete.
As I see it some people can float along fairly fast without much work while others work their butts off to move forward at all. Point is speed is not what matters to burning calories. That person in the next lane flailing away and barely moving is burning more calories. You can’t just swim easy unless you swim for hours.
Next you have to lower food intake. Calories in, balanced against calories burned, has a lot of merit. This may not apply to endurance athletes that cannot absorb calories fast enough to gain weight but most of us aren’t in that situation. For both athletes and people that want to win the weight battle, eat to win. Put down that hamburger and frys and donnut etc.

October 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm
(188) Wendy Burns says:

Like weight training, swimming can increase muscle mass. While it may not increase bone density–a benefit of wt. training. When you increase muscle mass and mind your caloric intake, and eat foods that work with your body, you burn fat invariably–but it is crucial that you make swimming a consistent part of your exercise regimen to achieve this end. Based on my personal experience as an avid swimmer, I became very slender when I cut out carbohydrate rich foods, sugars, and fats.

October 22, 2011 at 9:07 am
(189) paracetamol says:

It is true that swimming can help very much to loose your weight if combined with precaution of what and how much you eat.I lost for only 4 times at the pool and that not doing brutally swimming just moving my legs like in bike and that was quite enough.Trust me.I fully agree

October 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm
(190) Geoff says:

I’ve been swiming now for about 6 weeks. Swimming was basically a last resort as I had exhausted every other option. I have a serious back problem, combined with a very bad knee (had a knee reconstruction 10 years ago). So, i reluctantly had to hit the pool because it is the only exercise i can do, along with walking. I really dreaded the thought of going to the pool. I used to swim as a kid and the thought of doing laps was very unappealing. Because i have had to give away running, i had no other form of exercise where i could give 100% without breaking down. Swimming has now got my competitive juices flowing again. I have really enjoyed the challenge of it. My first day was very discouraging! I was gasping for air after the first lap. i did freestyle for 4 laps (rest each 50m) and then did breastroke because it was easier. After 6 month, i am churning out 1.5km (30 laps + intervals) and i am really enjoying it. Because i am also trying to lose weight, i have always believed/known that it is important to mix up your training. I really don’t adhere to just going the one pace for the entire time. The thing i love about swimming is that i can have little challenges at every different type of distance. I think if you warm up with a few laps, then add some interval training, this will really help. The intervel training not only gets your heart rate up, but it also mixes your training. I know some people may not enjoy interval training, but it just depends if you are a competitive person. I love the challenge of beating my best times. And you can do this for 50m, 100m 200m etc. Each session/week i find my times improving and i am becoming fitter and stronger. I tend to believe the problem with swimming is that people don’t get their heart rate up. Do a few sprints/interval training at the beginning of your workout and then churn out the laps after. Walk to and from the pool

October 29, 2011 at 4:00 am
(191) Johnny says:

When you Guys say tone, do you mean it make your muscles more defined and will eliminate all the fat on the outer surface, best regards, Liverpool :)

November 7, 2011 at 9:38 am
(192) Janet Aldrich says:

Any exercise will increase hunger. I’ve seen it myself. The secret is to have something fairly low-calorie and high-protein (I like Babybel light myself, only 50 calories) after you work out. You’re hungry because you’ve revved things up.

I know from personal experience that swimming is excellent exercise if you do it fast enough and long enough and make it PART (but not all) of your exercise regime.

The article attached to this page is misleading and should be removed. Someone who is very overweight may only be able to swim due to physical limitations and you’d be stopping someone from trying. :(

November 17, 2011 at 9:07 am
(193) Akshay says:

i swim not regularly but yes on weekends for nearly 2 hours .
I want to know that whether swim reduces ur weight or not
and if yes then how much we need to swim ..

November 26, 2011 at 2:47 am
(194) Francis Parakkal says:

Swimming breaststroke for an hour has tremendous effect on the abs and legs. Swimming freestyle for an hour has great effect on the back and sides. In any case, try to swim atleast a mile a day for maximum benefits. The best method would be to focus on one style each day. Remember to rotate the body to the sides on each stroke while doing freestyle swimming as this reduces the resistance and gets you the best streamline position.

November 30, 2011 at 9:31 am
(195) rahmah hassan says:

i think if u dnt want to look so chunky for the ladies, try controlling your diet..choose the right food..i avoid too much eggs & meat…more of vege & fish ..as i dnt want to look like too musculor as i already have broad shoulders by nature even without having to swim…i believe in being consistent and not over doing anything…i change pools ..mostly at the condo i am staying , otherwise the public pool which is more challenging as the waves are coming my way all the time with the freestylers ..at times i jump into the university pool near my office..

December 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm
(196) Josiah says:

I lost 60 pounds in 4 months swimming 45-60 minutes every day after school. Ya, definitely loose weight. Don’t’ just sissy swim. Really swim hard, but stretch and keep good form.

December 7, 2011 at 10:47 am
(197) Netty Bailey says:

Hi there ..whilst i did find the article very misleading i would just like to add this to encourage people ….I was at my slimmest 7 years ago when i was swimming 3 times a week about 120 lengths in total a weekey ..~I combined this with a sensible diet and i lost an awful lost of weight ..not just around my middle where i tend to gain weight the most but overall …my shoulders arms and chest were significantly smaller i had more staminia and overall i felt so much better ..i have since had a baby ( well shes 3 now) and my husband has just given up smoking and we intend to get fit again for 2012 and forever …

I have never lost as much weight as i did when i was swimming ..even when 3 years later i was an avid gym goer and i would run, cycle …do high impact aerobics ahstanga yoga sometimes all of that in a day 4 times a week did i ever lose as much weight as i did with just the swimming alone …

I would just like to add as well that i am not a very quick swimmer at all i am very slow and steady im not fast and i like to go in the medium to slow lanes ..i have always enjoyed swimming but have never been what i call a strong fast confident swimmer …I hope this wwill encourage people to not give up on swimming for weight loss as from someone who is commenting from experience it really does work …
You always feel better after excersize no matter what you do and it can only ever be doing you good …so keep it up :)

December 14, 2011 at 7:43 am
(198) Jo says:

I, personally, think that swimming is better than running. It not only helps you lose weight, it also increases your confidence and survival skills in the water. One time I nearly drowned on Australia Day, but now I do plenty of swimming (well as much as I can) and it really quadrupled my confidence in the water. I was good at running (and still am) but swimming is more fun and relaxing than running. Just think about it, can you stick to swimming (non-stop) or running? Calculators on swimming and running don’t work because you could adjust the intensity in both of them. Running makes me lose my breath very easily, compared to swimming.

December 29, 2011 at 7:32 am
(199) ronan says:

hi all
can anyone help me,
i like to star swimming to loss weight and tone up i’m 4ft 7in and weight 7st 9 is swimming the best exercise i like to do 40 laps a day for a hour how much calorie will i burn,

January 1, 2012 at 10:23 pm
(200) Jholli says:

As an avid swimmer who swam competitively year round as a kid, I would like to weigh in that you absolutely can lose weight swimming. The problem that I see is that very few people actually swim hard enough to burn the calories necessary. What I witness is that is because they don’t really know how to swim. When you lift weights, you would never do just one exercise or weight machine, right? Yet, people swim for 30 minutes at a steady rate doing the crawl stroke.

Do butterfly, breast stroke, back stroke, kicking only, pulls, sprints, butterfly kicks, alter breathing sets to get the most from a cardio perspective, .etc. and do it with intensity and then you can compare yourself to other exercises like running up hill, down hill, over uneven ground, or a weight lifting regimen.

I understand that doing whatever you can in the water can work muscles and heart so I don’t mean to poo-poo those who are trying but saying you cant lose weight swimming cause “I swim 1/2 mile over an hour 3 times per week in a backyard pool” is not really accurate and very misleading. This will not produce the same results as 30 mins of running or lifting weights…generally people work on those exercise techniques and put more in to it.

Keep in mind that to “jog”, one would have their body fully off the ground between strides. This forces a minimal amount of exertion. It is VERY easy to loaf in swimming yet say you are “swimming.”

I think someone said it well a couple of years ago in this thread – “this ain’t rocket science”. It is simple caloric intake vs. caloric burn. The problem is that people can think they are burning away when they are – quite honestly- loafing. Still, everyone stay motivated and try a faster lap or 2 or 66 next time out.

Just my $.02. Happy swimming!

P.s. I highly recommend an underwater mp3 player for swimming. It helps break the monotony and the latest ones work quit well.

January 7, 2012 at 10:43 pm
(201) Tony says:

Guys – I use swimming to *PUT ON* weight. I have the opposite problem that my high metabolism stops me from getting ANY bodyfat, which makes me kind of scrawny-muscley which I don’t like. I find that swimming increases my bodyfat, I believe for 2 reasons (1) I eat like a horse after swimming 3000 yards (2) the cold water triggers my body to put a bit more fat in the skin layer (think Dolphin :) . This compensates for my cycling which burns up so many calories that it leaves my ribs visible.

January 23, 2012 at 4:16 am
(202) Abe Freeman says:

Swimming is the best excercise for toning oneself, and loosing weight upto a certain point. The important thing is to reduce sizes and feel good. To loose extra weight, you have to complement swimming with some other cross training, while also reducing calorie intake. Remember, that eating too little can also make you feel irratable and grumpy. So loose weight naturally and feel great!

February 11, 2012 at 12:26 am
(203) Hago says:

I have a very bad case of gout and regular workoutsy hurt my feet bad . Last mid August in the 1 st week oYf Sept .. I try swimming. I would go to the beach Mon-Friday for at least a hour to two hours per day !!! I would walk in the water with the water just passed my stomach for like 20mins or so. Then I would swim regularly for another 25-30mins .. Beleive it or not I lose 30 lbs I started at 350 after that I weight in at 320lbs
Swimming help out a lot & didn’t but any strain on my joints ..

February 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm
(204) Slipperyfish says:

Two things:

1. I have lost weight swimming before. Like about ten pounds from swimming about four times a week.

2. I think that the temperature of the water is a factor. When I took my scuba diving trianing, I learned that water pulls heat from your body about ten times faster than air does. This is important. I live in Canada. I cycle to work on a mountain bike even in wintertime. The same ride in summer and winter produces a different effect on my body. In winter, especially on a very cold day, I feel really tired after that ride. I want to lie down and go to sleep. That is because my body is not just powering the bicycle, it’s also laboring to heat itself. I think that the same principles are at work in the swimming pool. From what I have read, a problem can be that sometimes people get out of cold water pools and they feel hungry. The cold water can stimulate hormones that tell your body that it is hungry. They feel the need to eat and they do so.

It might be an idea to swim in warmer water (although cold water is okay too) but big thing is to monitor your eating.

I have just swum tonight. I feel really relaxed and good. I swim in a theraputic pool that is 33 degrees C. I feel very lucky because I don’t really like cold water.

February 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm
(205) maureen says:

If you cut your calories and swim hard, or whats hard for your level you will lose a lot of weight. Im proof. I was not a strong swimmer, I was 5’5 and weighed in at 230!!!! female. I cut my calories to 1200-1500 a day and I would swim laps for 30 mins and than I started doing 45 min. I would push myself. I lost all of the weight and wear a size 4! It toned me beyond anything I could ever imagine!!! I have a great bikini body one that I never ever had.!!!!! I always swim!!!!!!! Im shocked at comments about not losing!!!! I have kept it off for 6 years!!!! Swimming rocked my legs, my stomach my arms and back!!! I love love swimming!! Im off now to swim!!! Remember even if you slow but you are giving yourself an out of breath work out, it will happen, but must keep calories low!!!! or you wont lose… and that goes for anythigng!!! eat clean, 30 mins of any excersize and you shall lose it!!!
Im now at 125!!! Yeah!!

March 4, 2012 at 11:20 pm
(206) Matt says:

Swimming is a great way to lose weight. The issue is with what people define as ‘swimming’. Swimming is not jumping off diving boards, splashing water and laughing with friends. Swimming in this sense is competitive swimming, the type Michael Phelps does. Freestyle, Breaststroke, Backstroke, and Butterfly are the four main types of strokes that would help one lose weight.

March 15, 2012 at 11:20 pm
(207) analuisa says:

i got dissapointed when i finsihed reading the article cuz i know some people do lose weight swimming. good thing i read these comments, made me feel better tht there is hope

March 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm
(208) Carrie says:

I was a swimmer in high school and I was within normal weight. After high school, I piled on the weight. almost 75 lbs over weight. I did not eat a crazy amount of calories I have PCOS and hypothyroidism and swimming is the only exercise I really enjoy. So far since going back to swimming I have lost 30lbs of the 75lbs I have gained. I walk 3 days a week for an hour and swim 4 days a week for an hour. I will stick to swimming despite what other professionals believe. I am proof it works for weight loss.

March 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm
(209) Carrie says:

Most avid swimmers (who really swim and not just wade) have rockin’ bodies! V shaped back and tapered waist!

March 26, 2012 at 5:32 am
(210) James says:

If you get in the pool and burn 500 calories and then get out and eat an extra 500 calories you will not loose weight. If you are sensible and realise that you are gaining lean muscle and need to create a reasonable caloric deficit you will ignore the scales and just go by inches. Most international rugby players are deemed clinically obese because of the farce that is BMI!! If you want to excercis and like swimming then go for it!!

April 3, 2012 at 7:28 am
(211) weight loss says:

I have read article that claim that weight loss is related to the temperature of the water. If you swim in warmer water you can lose more weight. I think this article doesnít take that into account

April 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm
(212) claire says:

I am 32 yrs of age only 5ft 2 & weigh 10st 8 lb ive just started swimming 3 times a week for an hour each time & was very disheartened by this article so glad ive read the comments. i suffer with asthma & struggle to do any other exercise so swimming seemed like a good option to help me lose weight i have lost 4lb in 2weeks so i am a very happy swimmer.

May 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm
(213) sidra says:

wow so many comments this article has been going on for years im glad that about,com dint remove this srticle otherwise i wont be able to read these great comments. swimming definately works for weight loss i was swimming in my teenage and never gained a pound but when i stopped i gradually gained weight bcoz i was not working out at all. now after almost 7 yrs i have started swimming again hope to lose those gained pounds

May 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm
(214) kesar says:

Coming 20th is d first day of my swimming lessons!!!! felt good after reading 215 comments… now looking forward to swimming n hoping to lose few pounds wid a fit n toned body!!!!

May 25, 2012 at 12:02 am
(215) Lewis says:

HIIT (high intense interval training) i swim 1000 meters a day 40 laps of a 25 meter pool i swim each lap as hard and fast as i can taking only one breath when i reach 12.5m of the pool that i have to take at least an 8 second break per lap. the last two days i feel more ripped than lifting weights for 2 months.. =)

May 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm
(216) fama says:

Hi Caspiana, i wanted to ask you about your illness i.e rheumatoid arthritis. I wanted to know that how long have you had it for and what natural or medical ways you are applying to control it from further spreading? Awaiting for your response. Thank you.

June 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm
(217) Michelle says:

Michael Phelps consumes 12,000 calories per day while he is in training…….enuff said!! Does anyone spot a bit of body fat on that man? Nope, didn’t think so.

June 25, 2012 at 8:26 pm
(218) Flipper says:

Okay folks, here’s my story. I gained 15 pounds due to a medication, I’m a runner but nothing would make the pounds come off, not even long distance runs on the weekends. Then I messed up my ankle and had to switch to swimming. I’ve lost 13 pounds in 4 weeks. My shoulders are broad, my hips are slim and I feel great. I swim first thing in the morning, one mile. I will do this into old age. Swimming definitely will make you lose weight. Now everybody back in the pool.

July 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm
(219) Jen says:

I agree that swimming is a fantastic sport for overall fitness and feeling great due to strenthening heart and lungs. I am just about to get back in to it and can’t wait, used to swim at least 3 times a week – maximum 80 lengths, constant in a 25 metre pool. It kept me very toned, trim and although slightly muscular, it is an attractive look rather than overdone. As long as you eat healthily most of the time with not too many treats body weight does not suffer (in my experience) Hope you are inspired as I am from all positive comments – go on give it a go and see :)

August 8, 2012 at 7:39 am
(220) Bill says:

Aged 60 I had coronary triple by-pass surgery in January 2012 and have been back swimming 600-800 metres every morning (5 days per week) for the last six weeks, This together with an improved diet has maintained my post surgery weight loss and I’m in great shape. I have to confess that the adrenalin buzz from swimming is extremely addictive.

August 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm
(221) Jil says:

I’m so happy this thread has been going on so long! I started training for a triathlon and at first, couldn’t swim 20 minutes without stopping or switching strokes and now I can do the freestyle for 2250 yards with only about 3 breaks. I LOVE swimming.

Well, now that all that over-training has hurt my quad tendon (where it attaches to the shin), I have only swimming left. I was worried it wouldn’t be enough until I read all these comments. I want to get in there 5x a week and add in some pilates (no squats or lunged for me, sad face) and yoga. Thank goodness for these comments! Now I’m no longer worried, I’m STOKED.

I took three weeks off of all exercise for the injury and yesterday was my first dip back in the pool. I’m excited to get back in tonight after work. Thanks everyone!

August 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm
(222) Jil says:

Sorry, meant to say that now I swim 2250 in 45 min – 1 hour, the way I wrote it makes it look like I swim that in 20 minutes, haha

November 17, 2012 at 7:45 pm
(223) Lizzi says:

I have recently returned to swimming after a few years off…..I don’t need to lose weight…I need to gain it….severe weight loss due to stress had put me off doing any exercise because I was so worried about losing more weight….I haven’t gained any weight at all through swimming for half an hour 3x a week (and I NEED to gain weight so clearly swimming doesn’t make you gain weight!) BUT…. I feel about a million times better about life! I have changed nothing else in my life – I eat the same, sleep the same etc etc….but swimming is solely responsible for reducing my stress levels and making me feel happier – it’s a real ‘feel good’ activity which shouldn’t be dismissed! If you enjoy it , it’s good for you and you keep it up……nothing else matters!

December 18, 2012 at 3:58 am
(224) Tarlochan Sangra says:

Last time I posted was comment# 104. Well I am still swimming just signed up for 4th year membership at our new pool . I am still swimming since nov 2009 . I do fourty 1KM in 50 mins. 3 ,4 times a week .
i’ve managed to keep 10 lbs off. I would like to loose more ,i need to change my eating habits. But I feel good lots of energy.
Enjoy reading your posts helps me to motivate and continue swimming . I am at pool 5:30 right after my night shift . Thanks

December 18, 2012 at 4:07 am
(225) Tarlochan says:

sorry, Ment to say 1KM or 40 – 25 meter lenghts

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