Our expert says:
No, not at the same rate. Running burns probably in the range of 13 to 16 kcal/min (and up to 22 kcal/min if you run as fast as a Kenyan!), whereas for walking, you're looking at 6 to 10kCal/min, depending on speed
So a 60 min session burns maybe 50% more if you run. The key is that you can hike a lot longer than you run. So that 3 hour hike burns maybe 6 kCal/min, and that's worth 1000 kCal, the equivalent of more than an hour of running. So then the overall result is that hiking is better, purely from a calorie point of view.
It's not as simple as that, of course. But the general idea is correct.
So yes, hiking will help, but you have to manage the other side of the equation which is diet. If that's not correct, then all the training in the world will be ineffective, and so address this if you can as well. If you're training hard, and nothing is happening, then it's definitely worth looking at diet.
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