This is why I eat ice
See yesterday's post for clarification. From U.S. News and World Report.
The meta-analysis specifically looked at studies of folks with overweight or obesity who undertook pedometer-based walking programs that didn’t include specific dietary change components. The authors identified nine studies that met their inclusion criteria, and they then pooled the studies’ results together. On average, participants increased their average daily number of steps by close to 4,000 and did so for a 16-week period. So did they lose weight? Well, yes, after spending four months walking an extra one to two miles per day, the average walker was seen to have lost 3.13 pounds – an amount that was just barely deemed statistically significant.
To help appreciate those numbers, the meta-analysis’ authors put them into perspective and state that for every 10.5 additional miles you walk, you might expect to lose a hair over 1/10 of one pound. Putting this another way, if you walk an extra 1.5 miles each and every day, you might expect that after 10 weeks of not missing a single walk, you’ll have lost a single pound – or that at the end of the year, your 547.5 miles of hiking will have lost you 5 pounds. Of course, I’m guessing that most people who undertake a walking program in the hopes of losing weight will quit in disappointment long before they reach that 10-week mark, let alone a year.