In the era of technology, when it comes to fitness, first thing which comes in minds of geeks or tech savvy persons is the fitness trackers. Many of us are blindly trusting these fitness trackers or bands to monitor our daily routine like daily steps, running distance, stairs climbed and even the hours we have slept. But I want you ask you, do these trackers actually help in losing weight?
This question is answered by a recent study, which claims that it is not ideal to suggest anyone to purchase a fitness band to monitor activities for losing weight. The study was published in medical journal JAMA.
John M. Jakicic, the lead author from University of Pittsburgh department of health and physical acitivity, who conducted the study said, “It may not be ideal to tell everyone to buy an acitivity monitor to lose weight.”
Jakicic has noted routines of 470 people in the age group of 18 to 35 with a BMI (body mass index) between 25 and 39. Out of which, 77 percent were women and 29 percent from minority communities. All the people were offered group health and nutrition counseling, and suggested to have low-calorie diet and increase their physical activity. Some of them were asked to use activity tracker, while, rest were working out without it.
After two years, it was found that the people not using the tracker were showed twice the weight loss benefits. Meanwhile, the people with fitness bands or trackers were showed an average weight loss of 7.7 pounds, and others who attended health counseling reported an average wright loss of 13 pounds.
“While usage of wearable devices is currently a popular method to track physical activity — steps taken per day or calories burned during a workout — our findings show that adding them to behavioural counseling weight loss that includes physical activity and reduced calorie intake does not improve weight loss or physical activity engagement,” added John Jakicic. However, John did add that, “There were some in our study who were able to make a difference with the trackers.