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This is an aspect of the camino preparation which I don't think has been touched on much. There are numerous posts about keeping equipment to a minimum but I think it is also important to try and lose weight if you are a bit on the portly side. I walked with a bloke in 2006 who started out at about 100kgs and he found the heat and walking very difficult. I started off at 69kgs and ended up at 60kg and really noticed the difference. There is no real difference between carrying weight in your backpack to it being on your person. Last year from Le Puy I was pretty fit by the time I got to SJPDP but still found the stretch from there to Roncesvalles very strenuous (as an aside I think the arduous nature of this bit is not emphasised enough) so carrying extra body weight-and often carying too much in their packs-can be very dispiriting if you start at SJPDP.