Can Step Trackers Help You Lose Weight?

It seems that step trackers are all the rage. With a growing emphasis of technology helping improve health, people have found it to be a convenient way to make sure they keep moving. There are many wearable trackers to keep count of your steps, but If you don’t have one, there are many applications you can download to track steps on your phone.

Does step tracking actually equate to weight loss?

At a seminar I attended, the speaker talked about a study which asked this very question.  In the study, participants were broken into 3 groups.    

    • Group 1 - not given a step tracker   

    • Group 2 - given a step tracker

    • Group 3 - given a step tracker AND a personalized number of steps to reach.

Data was collected for two years. During this time, only 1 group had lost weight. Which one was it? Group 3.

What did the researchers conclude by this?  

If you don't have a specific goal, the likelihood of the data collected by the step tracker did not equate into weight loss.  The goal created an accountability which worked not just short term, but also long term. While the weight loss was slow, it was steadily consistent over the two year period. The participants viewed the weight loss as a tremendous success since walking was something everyone in the study felt they could do anywhere. Having a goal to reach also motivated them to become more active.

What can you do?

Utilize your step tracker to its fullest! Take note as to how many steps you average on weekdays and weekends.  Challenge yourself by adding one or two thousand steps on top of that average, and keep working your way up. Owning a step tracker does not equate to weight loss, but committing towards a step goal will!  Each time you accomplish your goal, you can sleep well knowing you are a few thousand feet closer to your health and fitness goals.

Steven Zahn

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Szahn@lifetimefitness.com

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3 comments
  • Franklin Pruitt
    Franklin Pruitt
    4 followers
    Already hit my goal of 5,000 steps!
    June 27
  • Jen Crawford
    Jen Crawford
    14 followers
    I've been eyeing a Fitbit for awhile now. I may have to pull the trigger!
    June 27
  • Kwabena Teye
    Kwabena Teye
    0 followers
    Hasn't worked too well for me but maybe it just takes more focus.
    June 27