One of the most important factors involved with this whole weight loss thing is your over all activity levels.
And it’s not only for losing the weight, but keeping it off long term.
It makes sense, right? People who are more active have lower body fat levels than sedentary people.
“Activity” can means a lot of different things but the easiest to measure is walking. Adding a daily walk of 30-60 minutes can do wonders for your weight loss efforts. Shoot for a total daily step count of 10,000-12,000. That might seem like a lot if you don’t walk much now but once you get into the groove it gets easier.
A recent study showed that people who lost a substantial amount of weight (almost 60 pounds) and kept if off for 9-10 years averaged a little over 12,000 steps per day. It was the strongest correlation to their continued success.
It’s pretty easy to count your steps today too. Your phone will either automatically count them when you carry it around, or you can get an app like MyFitnessPal. If you’re just starting off start with shooting for 8,000 steps per day and see if you an increase that to 12,000 over the course of a couple months.
The calories burned by this amount of activity far outpaces the numbers burned from workouts too. In a typical weight lifting workout you’ll burn 400-500 calories where this amount of walking can be 800+ per day. A proper workout is still good for many things but people usually overestimate the calorie impact.