Origin: The Step Diet was developed by weight loss experts at the University of Colorado, who found that walking and eating healthier meals was more effective for losing weight than counting calories. The diet was developed from 25 years of research.
Description: The Step Diet is all about breaking bad habits, eating healthy and walking, walking, walking. Dieters are required to walk at least 2,000 steps per day, whether it is on a treadmill, outdoors or at the mall. Participants start out by walking one mile per day and work up to five miles by the end of the 12-week program.
Likes: Vegetables, fruit, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, black coffee and diet soda.
Dislikes: Sugar, fatty meat, processed food, fried food and full-fat dairy products.
Looking For: Anyone with a good pair of running shoes.
Works Well With: Your Pedometer.
This diet definitely has its positives and negatives. It's simple to follow because all you really need is a pair of running shoes and a pedometer. The amount of walking involved may be difficult for some, especially individuals who suffer from arthritis, because you are required to start the diet by walking one mile daily - the equivalent to 2,000 steps. Walking can be done in five minute increments for the first while, but Step Diet participants are required to walk five miles daily by the end of the 12-week program. This requirement can be time consuming and difficult, especially if you do not have access to a treadmill. On the other hand, walking is one of the healthiest, lowest impact forms of exercise and is an effective weight-loss method.