The Step Diet: No Calorie Counting, More Moving

by Kimberly Hays | November 1st, 2023 | Diet Plans, Diet Strategy

walkThis diet plan sounds simple enough in theory – there is no counting of calories, forget about counting carbs, too. This is more of a lifestyle change than a diet. In addition to adding exercise, you just learn a new way of permanently changing your eating habits without a lot of food restrictions.

The ‘step’ process in the diet is referring to taking 10,000 steps per day. Having a pedometer will be necessary for this part of the diet regimen to be sure you are getting in all the steps needed on a daily basis, but they are available everywhere, not expensive, and are easy to wear. You may have to work up to 10,000 steps per day because on average, 10,000 steps equal five miles. One mile is approximately 2,000 miles, and it is a good place to start, especially if you have a sedentary lifestyle. Add more steps each week to work up to the 10,000 steps.

As for the diet side of the program, it is based more on cutting calories and portion sizes than cutting out all of the foods you love. This is what is supposed to be the magic combination for lifelong weight control and optimum health. The suggested portion size is 25-percent less than what you are currently eating, and of course, you are encouraged to eat lean meats, whole grains, and vegetables, and try to cut back on sweets and high fat foods, though they are not restricted in any way. It does suggest, however, if you indulge in an ice cream sundae with all of the toppings, that you should make up for it with extra steps.

Let’s face it – fad diets do not work! This diet, however, is the perfect combination of healthier eating and moderate exercise. By following this diet, your eating habits will improve while you are still feeling satisfied, and moving enough that the combination will result in a one to two pound weight loss per week. This is also a diet that you can stay on indefinitely to maintain the healthy results. Does this sound like the perfect diet to you?

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