Recent findings show that 10,000 steps per day-1, with approximately 3,500 steps per day-1, performed as moderate‐to‐vigorous physical activity (≥3 metabolic equivalents) in bouts of ≥ 10 minutes (BOUT‐MVPA), are associated with enhanced weight loss in a behavioral intervention. Participants (n= 260; age = 42.8 ± 8.9 y; BMI = 32.8 ± 3.5 kg/m2) completed an 18‐month weight‐loss intervention that included a calorie‐restricted diet and prescribed physical activity. Participants were categorized by 18‐month weight loss as weight gain (GAIN), weight loss of 0% to < 5% (WL < 5%), 5% to < 10% (WL < 10%), or ≥ 10% (WL ≥ 10%). Steps·day−1 were measured at 0, 6, 12, and 18 months and defined as total steps·day−1, total steps·day−1 of BOUT‐MVPA, MVPA in bouts of < 10 minutes (NON‐BOUT‐MVPA), or non‐MVPA steps·day−1 (NON‐MVPA). Researchers found:
- There was a weight‐loss category by time interaction for total and BOUT‐MVPA steps·day−1.
- The total steps·day−1 at 18 months were WL ≥ 10% = 9,822, WL < 10% = 8,612 (7,613‐9,610), WL < 5% = 7,802 (6,782‐8,822), and GAIN = 7,801 (6,549‐9,053).
- BOUT‐MVPA steps·day−1 at 18 months were WL ≥ 10% = 3,482 (2,982‐3,981), WL < 10% = 1,949 (1,269‐2,629), WL < 5% = 1,735 (1,045‐2,426), and GAIN = 1,075 (210‐1,941).
- Participants were also categorized based on achieving ≥ 10% weight loss at either 6 or 18 months, and a similar pattern was observed.
Creasy SA, Lang W, Tate DF, Davis KK, Jakicic JM. Pattern of daily steps is associated with weight loss: Secondary analysis from the step‐up randomized trial. [Published online ahead of print April 6, 2018]. Obesity. doi:10.1002/oby.22171.
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