Can doing 10,000 steps a day really contribute to weight loss? YES! Most definitely.
It has to do with NEAT – Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis.
NEAT, or energy expended during “non-exercise” movements such as normal daily activities, walking, working and housework. This also includes spontaneous physical activity (SPA) which reflects fidgeting and changing posture even while in a rested state.
Increasing NEAT through 10,000 steps per day is going to increase energy expenditure (ie. burn more calories).
Now, lets clear something up. At the end of the day, we must be in a calorie deficit for weight loss to occur. It doesn’t matter if you do 20,000 steps per day, if you are eating more than you are expending then weigh will not shift.
What happens to NEAT when someone is on a redistricted diet/ low calories?
Because your eating less food and therefore less energy. Your performance during training as well as your NEAT can be affected and reduced. You will feel too tired to walk long distances, do the housework etc. because your body needs to conserve energy.
Having the correct energy balance is crucial for weight loss and if you have this balance right, you will have the energy to do 10,000 steps per day!
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