How Many Steps Per Day to Lose Weight?

How Many Steps Per Day to Lose Weight?

Just a quick question before we dive straight into the article – how many of you reading this are currently wearing a fitness band/bracelet?

Well, at a guess, I’d say about 99% of you, right?

Well I recently joined the ‘Fitbit club’ when my partner bought me one as a gift – I’d recently returned to running and she wanted to know if I was overdoing it or not!

I have to admit – so far I’m rather impressed by how they manage to ‘push’ you into doing more every day – they are like a constant nag or reminder that clings to your wrist…and that can’t be bad from a health point of view, right?

But how much of a difference can these fitness bands make IF we are unable to judge what exercise level is effective for us?

For instance, how many steps per day to lose weight?

In this article we will be taking a closer look at the correct fitness paths to take with these handy little trackers, checking out the levels and pinpointing their advantages…

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How Many Steps a Day to Lose Weight?

A simple Google search on this very subject will bring up an absolute landslide of articles that all point to one number – 10,000.

How Many Steps a Day to Lose Weight?

That’s right, apparently all of us should be aiming for at least 10,000 steps a day with our shiny new fitness bands!

That’s fine – sounds about right…but can this stationary number work out for everyone? is that number appropriate for everyone?

The 10,000 Steps Gig

To be brutally honest with you – I had not really heard that much about the 10,000 step mantra BEFORE I got hold of my fitness band. I’m more old school – just run a decent amount of distance every day and you’ll do just fine!

But, this 10,000 step setup is traceable as far back as the 1960’s in Japan. They figured out that depending on a person’s stride length, 10,000 steps correlates to approximately five miles.

Remember now – this is way back in the 60’s…and people had slightly different lifestyles back then.

These days it’s thought that the ‘desk job’ generations are racking up nowhere near 10,000 steps. In fact, most adults struggle to reach 5,000 steps.

Do Fitness Trackers Really Work?

First things first – do these fitness devices really work or are we wasting time (and wrist space!) by wearing them?

Well, you are always going to get the controversial articles in the health niche that sh#t on everything new – this is part of the game I’m afraid.

Besides, these types of articles are designed as ‘click bait’ and easily make their way onto social media – most of the time they are not based on any sort of fact (they are just designed to disagree with fact).

Recent studies show that fitness trackers do show a moderate effect on increasing step count and/or physical activity – FACT.

Do Fitness Trackers Really Work?

On top of this, older patients involved in the study lost weight and had decreased LDL levels after 12 to 14 weeks of use (their main aim was to rack up 10,000 steps a day!).

There have also been numerous reports from various work sectors about ‘office fitness’. Apparently certain work locations actually promote this step tracking lifestyle and openly motivate employees to increase their physical activity.

I feel a lot of this success is down to human nature – at last we have a visual record of the amount of exercise we are getting through in day to day life, a tangible record of our daily activities really does seem to make a difference.

Tips to Get More Steps

A lot of individuals seem to like building up to the 10,000 steps mark but I was certainly not one of them. The moment I got the tacker on my wrist I was off with the default setting…which was 10,000 steps.

A quick link with an app on my phone (which I now never use!) and away I went.

If 10,000 steps is the minimum ‘sweet spot’, why waste your time building up to it?

It may seem like a lot of work when you first get your fitness tracker but you’ll soon realise that you move A LOT more in a daily period than you initially thought!

  1. If you see stairs USE THEM! The elevator is out of the question once you are wearing a fitness tracker.
  2. Quit sending emails – get up and walk to the colleague in question (besides, it’s nice to chat sometimes!)  🙂
  3. Don’t use the toilet closest to your desk/office/floor – pick a new one and walk there every time nature calls.
  4. Grab some lunch outside the office and have a walk when eating (weather dependent of course!)
  5. Use phone alerts to remind you to get off your ass and move!
  6. After a big meal go for a walk – slumping down on the sofa to recover from your over-stuffing will NOT help you lose weight.
  7. How often do you exercise as a family? Ever thought about grabbing the kids and going out for a healthy hike? Maybe a walk around town or the city center?

Do you wear a fitness tracker and are you aiming for at least 10,000 steps a day? We would love to hear your opinions on this subject – please leave them in the comment section below.

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16 thoughts on “How Many Steps Per Day to Lose Weight?

  1. Great post! I’m actually not a member of the fitness band club…….just yet, but I think I’ll be jumping on the bandwagon soon enough.

    I like that you emphasise how important it is to walk in order to lose weight. Lots of people undervalue this skill that most people have the natural ability to do. Associated weight loss with intense activity is wrong. Walking every day and eating less sugar-dense foods works wonders for obese people.

    1. Hi Stephen

      Yeah it’s amazing how much of a difference walking can make to your weight gain – so many people stuck sitting in front of computer screens these days…they have no idea what the lack of movement is doing to their overall shape! Simply getting up every now and again and having a walk can make the world of difference!

  2. Great and very informative article. I’ve not joined any fitness club before but I do walk a lot. Of late I’ve been riding bicycle to have my lunch and dinner more than walking. Do you think it’s good? I’ve actually registered for a gym but I hardly step foot there because my schedules have been tight recently. Your article has provided me an insight to make up for it in any smallest way I can – 10,000 steps to 5 miles :).

  3. the 10,000 steps a day seem like a fun thing to embark on with the tiny little gadget pushing you on. i’m not a member of the fitness band club yet but after reading this, its already a thing to consider. I naturally go for walks and early morning run a few times a week but have never considered keeping track of steps daily. I appreciate the eye opener.

  4. Hello Chris and thank you for this article about the effectiveness of the fitness trackers!

    I was thinking of getting a Fitbit tracker and want to research more to know if it was really effective or not. 

    I understand now that it is more about the attitude of the person wearing. Yes, it would help of reminding you of how much you need to walk everyday, but still, many people won’t take any action even of someone is sitting over their head reminding them of the need to walk more.

    Thanks a lot for the tips mentioned here as these would help take more advantage of the already existing activities of the day and make use of the time that is spent anyway.

    All the best!


    1. Hi there Amjad, 

      Well it’s great to hear that you were able to take so much from the article. Don’t forget that there are budget versions of the Fitbit that work just the same way (and are a fraction of the price!). 

  5. Hi.  Great article.  I had both a fitbit but then, when I developed arthritis in my foot, i got an apple watch.  I’m blind so accessibility of other fitness bands is a definite issue here.  The problem I see with all of these bands except actually the Apple watch is they do not take into account those people who cannot walk for whatever reason.  On the apple watch, the’s a section for wheelchair users who can count wheelchair pushes instead of steps which is brilliant.  In your article you talk about senior citizens increading their LDL.  What is this for those of us who aren’t health jargon savvy?  Great article though and now I must go and put on my apple watch 🙂

    1. Hi Kerry, 

      When I’m talking about senior citizens and their LDL, I’m essentially talking about low-density lipoproteins and the effect of the ‘bad’ cholesterol. 

      Hope this helps! 

  6. Hey Chris – I’ve wondered about that very question many times myself and I have heard about the 10000 step plan. 

    The modern world really does create a sedentary lifestyle which isn’t natural. Nature intended for us to move around a lot more than we do these days at least that’s my opinion. And so it’s no surprise our bodies protest by displaying all sorts of unpleasant side effects. 

    I’m in the 1% of people who don’t own a fitness band but I’ve always really wanted one! I love the idea of being motivated by seeing status and progress. Is there anything you don’t like about yours or any buying tips you can give newbies before we set out and make a purchase?

    1. Well I’ve got a cheap one at the moment Nadia, ‘cos my other one stopped working! I would recommend going for a half decent model, as mine seems to gather steps when I’m not walking sometimes (i.e. when I’m in the car!)

  7. I have to make a confession, I do not own a wristband step tracker. I do use my Samsung Health report on my cell phone, this is only somewhat accurate when I have my phone on me all day to record my steps. It is no where near being accurate, as I leave my phone sitting more than I leave myself sitting.

    I got curious as to how many steps I took in an averrage work day, that is why I started using the app in the first place. 

    I amazed myself when I first started, as I kept my phone on me religiously, my average step count was about 15,000 per day. I am a cook, and there is a set of stairs between me and most of the things I need. 

    Now, as I stated this is not accurate! You have to have your phone on you at all times, I found this to be an unrealistic goal! So if you’re serious about tracking your steps, I suggest a wrist band for sure!

    This was a wonderful article, I enjoyed the read very much!

    1. Well I can imagine that the daily work of a cook will involve A LOT of steps and standing Stacie – a great way to keep fit really! 

  8. Beautiful theme of a healthy lifestyle. Let’s discuss in order. Fat Diminisher System.This fat shedding system is good and everyone can spend money.10,000 steps a day are still relevant for the preservation of vitality. And, of course, load control and heart rate gadgets should be available for everyone. 

    I maintain my form for many years. For example, back in 1969, I had used the tips of this book G. GILMOUR RUN  FOR YOUR LIFE  AUCKLAND  1965

     Thank you for creating and publishing the article. The theme is useful for everyone. Mark

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