Pedometers Motivate Weight Loss
Extra Pounds Come Off Step by Step, Even Without Dieting, Walking Study Shows
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Jan. 14, 2008 -- Wearing a pedometer may help you lose extra pounds, even if
you don't diet, researchers report.
How many pounds? About 1 pound every 10 weeks, or 5 pounds in a year,
according to a new research review.
That may not sound like a lot of weight, but every little bit counts,
University of Michigan's Caroline Richardson, MD, and colleagues note. They
reviewed nine studies on pedometers, walking, and weight loss.
In the studies, overweight or obese adults
started pedometer-based walking programs without dieting. Pedometers are
pager-sized devices, worn on the waist, that log steps taken.
The studies' details differed. In some studies, participants walked 10,000
steps per day. Participants in other studies got personalized goals, such as
walking an extra 1,000 steps daily. The longest study lasted for a year; the
shortest study lasted a month.
Together, the data show a "modest amount of weight loss," Richardson
and colleagues write in the Annals of Family Medicine.
People might lose more weight if they also upgraded their diets, but that
wasn't required in the reviewed studies, Richardson's team notes.
Another study, published in November, shows that pedometers motivate
people to walk more, improving blood pressure as well as