You don’t need to travel to the Duke Diet center to take advantage of the program. asked the center’s experts to share their top tips for achieving weight loss success — from scheduling meals to getting a grip on emotional eating.


Here’s a tip:


Walk Your Way to a Lower Weight


Most people who come to the Duke Diet center have not been exercising regularly, says Gerald K. Endress, a clinical exercise physiologist and fitness director at the center. He recommends using a pedometer as an easy way to rev up your activity level. “If you’re just starting out, figure out how many steps you take each day as a baseline,” he suggests. “Then try to work your way up to 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. That’s a great strategy for getting people going, and having that feedback from the pedometer is important.”