More positive news about pedometers and weight loss

Pedometer-based walking programs — even without going on a diet — result in modest weight loss.

Researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor reviewed studies in English and Japanese published over about 13 years.

  • The results from 9 studies of overweight or obese and sedentary individuals were re-evaluated (meta-analysis).
  • The number of participants in each study ranged from 15 to 106, for a total of 307 participants
  • 73% were women.
  • The studies did not include any dietary changes.
  • The duration of the studies ranged from 4 weeks to 1 year.

And, the results.

  • Average weight loss over the course of the studies was 1.27 kg (2.8 pounds).
  • On average, participants lost 0.05 kg (0.1 lb) per week.

The bottom line?
People who walk more tend to be thinner than those who walk less — even when there’s no change in diet. The authors concluded that counting steps is one way to ensure you walk more.

More on the benefits of using a pedometer and walking can be found here.

1/18/08 22:40 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.