Taking the First Step Toward Losing Weight


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Part of losing weight is eating healthy foods. Saying "No" to foods that are high in sugar, carbs, fats, and salt is a great first step but another part of losing weight comes from burning calories. The point of this "moving towards weight loss" blog is to discuss how little steps can add up. So, let's get moving.

Hey... Take the Stairs

Did you know that a single step is enough exercise to burn 0.044 calories? That's a fact according to Reference.com. We mention this to illustrate that even a short walk adds up by the end of the day. So what can you do to build on the number of burnt calories you achieve each day? Simple things like taking the stairs instead of riding in the elevator. Other ideas for becoming mobile at work or home are to walk during your lunch break. Consider lunches that you can enjoy while walking. This Easy Breakfast Burrito is easy to modify into a lunchtime favorite by adding spinach, avocado, tomato, and maybe even kale.

Consider a Pedometer for Goal Setting

If you can walk 10,000 steps-per-day, you burn about 440 calories. How much you actually burn depends on how fast you walk, how much you weight, and the strenuous nature of where you walk. Going up stairs burns more calories than walking on a flat but both are beneficial. The trick to using a pedometer is to set little goals. A good example of this is to say you want to walk 500 steps by 9 am or 3,000 steps by the end of lunch. By making smaller goals, you set yourself up to succeed... and we all love to succeed.

These examples show us that even doing a little bit of work adds up to big results. Add into this mix the consumption of a healthy diet and your rewards become doubled. Is your holiday wish list to lose ten pounds? Then take the first step now and you can do so without those crazy diets. For more information about successful weight loss, stop by the Metabolic Research Center where good health and weight loss goals are not only achievable but what we do every day. We make the process easy by offering support, free recipes that involve real foods that taste great.

Visit a Metabolic Research Center today and get started on your healthy lifestyle journey. After all, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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