WALKING 10,000 steps a day is not a “magical formula” for preventing weight gain, a study says.
The daily step goal has become the “gold standard” for people trying to improve their health.
But researchers found that no step count was enough to lose weight.
However, experts still recommended increasing the count because it leads to less sedentary lifestyles with benefits other than weight loss.
Some 120 US university students participated in a step-counting experiment.
They wore pedometers 24 hours a day.
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In the end, even those students who walked more than 15,000 steps daily still gained weight.
Lead author Professor Bruce Bailey said: “If you track steps, it might have a benefit in increasing physical activity.
“But our study showed it won’t translate into maintaining weight or preventing weight gain.”