Pedometer use promotes weight loss success.
Emerging evidence suggests that being overweight and obese will increase your risk of all-cause mortality. I know this is all-cause, but the elevation of risk is likely due to heart disease and diabetes type 2. Exercise should induce healthy changes that would result in a reduction in such risks. Although pedometer intervention is effective in increasing physical activity among adults with Type 2 diabetes, the usages impact on weight loss remains unclear.
The good news is that new research in the form of a meta‐analysis look to assess whether pedometer intervention promotes weight loss. The researchers used data from eleven randomized controlled studies with 1258 subjects that were overweight or obese. The intervention in all studies was the use of a pedometer. Pedometer intervention led to significantly decreased BMI and reduced weight. Dietary counseling seemed to be a key predictor of weight loss, but pedometer use also helped. Unfortunately, step count was not associated with successful weight loss or a lower BMI.
The bottom line: Pedometer intervention promotes modest weight loss, but the association between weight loss physical activity is limited. Although pedometer intervention is a promising approach for promoting weight loss, future studies are needed to clarify how the use of pedometers may assist with weight loss in overweight and obese adults with Type 2 diabetes. I recommend you consider adding a pedometer to your exercise plans.