Has anyone on here considered a thru-hike?
The Appalachian Trail runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. It is 2180 miles long. Every year a few hundred people start at one end and hike to the other.
They say the average person will burn about 7000 Calories a day (some even more). You cannot carry that much food with you.
I have read a LOT of books written by people who hike the trail and the weight loss is always incredible (even with people who are thin to start with). 50 pounds in the first two months seems pretty common with people who are 50 or more pounds overweight.
Most people end up binging in town, but it doesn't make a difference because they simply burn the calories off so fast.
Started at 300 lbs., now at 221, going for 150.