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How many steps do you need to take a day to lose weight?

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Taking 10,000 steps per day plus cutting food intake by 100 calories per day should cause weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds each week. Taking 10,000 steps is the equivalent of walking about 5 miles, or 75 minutes, each day.

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Most weight-loss plans indicate that reducing caloric intake by 500 calories per day results in around 1 pound of weight lost per week. Taking 10,000 steps per day burns between 250 to 600 calories per day, which is approximately the amount of calories necessary to achieve this degree of weight loss. However, taking 10,000 steps per day is quite time consuming. Many other activities, such as aerobics or running, burn 500 calories in less than half the time expended per day in taking 10,000 steps.

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