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How Many Steps Do You Need to Walk Per Day to Lose Weight?
If you're trying to lose weight and improve your health, upping your daily step count is one of the easiest ways to go about it. However, if you're wondering how many steps you need to walk every day in order to start losing weight, the answer may not be as straightforward as you'd like.
The amount of calories burned by walking will vary based on your age, height, gender, and your current weight. An obese person will actually burn calories more quickly when walking then a thin person, and that all has to do with how much work your body has to put in to move itself.
You can calculate approximately how many calories you'll burn by walking a certain distance with an online calculator. This will be the first step in helping you determine how many steps you should be walking each day to lose weight.
The next step will have to factor in your diet, because you simply can't lose weight without paying attention to how much (and what) you're eating every day. You'll want to calculate how many calories you need to consume in order to maintain your current weight. You'll also find calculators for this online that you can use.
Let's say, based on your body composition, these calculators tell you that you need to eat approximately 2,000 calories each day in order to maintain your current weight. Now you can begin calculating how much you need to walk in order to lose weight.
In order to burn a pound of fat, you need to burn 3,500 calories. That means you need to burn 500 calories every day to lose 1 pound of fat per week. So, if you were to continue eating 2,000 calories a day, you could lose 1 pound of weight each week by walking enough to burn 500 calories every day. This would give you a 500 calorie deficit, bringing your net calories to 1,500 every day (2,000 consumed - 500 burned = 1,500 net).
Using the answer from the first calculator you used which told you approximately how many calories you burn by walking, you'll be able to calculate how many steps you need to take in order to lose weight. If your goal is 1 pound a week, you need to burn 500 calories per day. If you burn 250 calories per one hour of walking, you need to walk for about 2 hours each day to lose weight.