Wearable Fitness Trackers Offer No Weight Loss Advantage

September 21, 2016

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Wearable fitness trackers have been hailed for given you real personalized data regarding your fitness level and therefore a more effective weight loss and fitness. However those handy fitness devices may be sabotaging your weight loss regime.  A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association cited a two year study and found those who use fitness tracker lost less weight, roughly 5 pounds less and were not as able to keep the lost weight off.  The study followed a group of people considered overweight via the BMI scale. For the first 6 months both groups were told how to set a new diet and put on an exercise program.  Then half the group received a wearable fitness tracking device and told to update data to the Internet while the other used traditional self-tracing technology.  The study found by a year, the group on the standard non-wearable intervention had kept more weight off than the group using trackers, something which continued to be true at follow ups after 18 and 24 months. Neither group kept off all the weight they initially lost, but on average, people using wearable trackers lost and kept off an average of 7.7 pounds, while people doing a "standard" weight loss intervention lost and kept off an average of 13 pounds.  They concluded wearable tracking devices offer no advantage over standard behavioral weight loss approaches.

SOURCE: Business Insider

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