Myth Busted! Fitness tracker does not help you to lose weight
Fitness tracker just tracks your fitness level
Myth Busted! Fitness tracker does not help you to lose weight :- “Fitness trackers may not help weight loss,” as reported by the Sky News on a new trial, which has investigated whether the using of these wearable technologies helped people lose more weight compared to the standard weight-loss programmes or not?
Researchers have tracked 470 overweight or obese people, who were aged 18 to 35, for 24 months. Everyone in the study was also put on a low-calorie diet, given an exercise plan and further invited to regular group counseling sessions.
After six months, half the group was given a wearable device to track activity and feed it into a computer programme that also allows people to record their diet.
The other half were then simply told to continue the weight loss programme and further also monitor their exercise and diet by themselves.
The group which was using the Fit Core tracker had lost an average of 3.5kg over two years, compared with an average 5.9kg in the self-monitored group.
The spread of obesity across the globe has been increasing rapidly in recent years and public health bodies continue to struggle with tackling the issue.
Along with this usual weight-loss diet, the use of these wearable technologies which promote fitness, such as FitBit and Jawbone, is also on the rise.
The study authors have said that there are many possible explanations for their surprising finding but, as yet, no proof.
Until any more conclusive research is available, the best advice for further losing weight is to follow a calorie-controlled diet combined with regular exercise.
Where did the story come from?
The study has been carried out by the researchers from the University of Pittsburgh in the US. It had been funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Interestingly, the researchers were also affiliated with the Weight Watchers International.
The findings from the trial were later published in the peer-reviewed medical journal JAMA. It is free to read online.