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How Many Steps Should You Really Take Each Day To Lose Weight?



We all know what the infallible method to lose weight is: eat fewer calories than we spend, and exercise. The theory is simple, but it is very difficult to put it into practice.

If you do not like to exercise, the most affordable alternative is to walk. It's something we can do at any time of the day, and the physical and metal effort is less than putting on weights or doing sit-ups. In addition, thanks to devices such as activity wristbands or smart watches, it is very easy to measure the steps.

Immediately, the question arises: How many steps per day are necessary to lose weight? Laura Arndt, personal trainer and CEO of Matriarch, a health app for moms, explains it to us.

The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week (walking, for example), or 75 minutes of demanding activity. Or what is the same, 30 minutes a day, except on weekends.


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Professional trainer Laura Arndt has turned this half hour of exercise into steps. It equals between 3,000 and 5,000 steps a day, depending on the speed we print, and the length of our steps. The objective must be to equal or exceed that value of 5,000 steps a day, five days a week.
These are the recommended minimum values to maintain the shape. To begin to lose weight really, recommends double the figure, up to 10,000 steps a day. Laura Arndt recognizes that not everyone can take 10,000 steps a day, so she proposes another method: use an activity bracelet to count the steps we take for a week, and propose to increase that figure by 10%. When we keep that increase constant, increase another 10%.

When it comes to losing weight, it is more important the speed and effort we make to take the step, than the total number. 10,000 steps walking very slowly possibly will not make us lose weight. It is better to take fewer steps but to walk faster. Obliging ourselves make an effort while we walk, without it implying running. Laura Arndt also recommends strengthening our muscles with activities such as yoga or weights, because muscles help burn calories more easily.