Wearing A Fitness Tracker Might Be Counterproductive To Weight Loss, Study Finds
Overall the participants without fitness trackers lost 13 pounds, while the tech-enhanced group lost 7.7 pounds.
Fitness Trackers Didn't Help People Lose Weight
Fitness trackers remain wildly popular, but do they make us fit? Maybe not, according to a study that asked overweight or obese young adults to use the tiny tracking tools to lose weight. The 470 people in the study were put on a low-calorie diet and asked to exercise more. They all started losing weight. Six months in, half the group members started self-reporting their diet and exercise. The other half were given fitness trackers to monitor their activity. After two years, both groups were equally active. But the people with the fitness trackers lost less weight. (Ross, 9/20)
The Average Person Is Better Off Without A Fitness Wearable, Weight Loss Study Finds
This year alone, 19 million people are scheduled to buy fitness wearables with a simple mission in mind: Get fit. But these purchases may have zero effect when it comes to weight loss, based on new research from the University of Pittsburgh. This two-year study — the longest of its kind on electronic fitness trackers — shows the average person on a weight loss program can cut more pounds without a workout wearable. (Akpan, 9/20)