Weight Loss: Can fitness trackers help to shed extra pounds? Here's the truth

In an interview with Today, an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Services Research, Dr. Jo said, "I thought that wearable devices would definitely help to lose weight, at some point, because they make people move, but apparently not."
Weight Loss Tips and Tricks: Can fitness trackers help to shed extra pounds? Here's the truthWeight Loss: Can fitness trackers help to shed extra pounds? Here's the truth
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Weight Loss is one of the common issues that many people across the world face. Losing weight may seem difficult but it is not an impossible feat. Celebs such as Ram Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan, Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha, and Arjun Kapoor are the testament to the fact. Healthy diet and exercising can help you to achieve your desired weight loss goal. Apart from these two, there are many other ways such as following eating patterns, surgery and fat-burners among others. However, a balanced diet and workout are the best to lose weight in a healthy manner.

Speaking of workout, many people try and incorporate walking more as long working hours doesn't allow many to indulge in any form of physical activity. And with the help of pedometers or fitness trackers, one can easily track heart rate and count of steps. However, a new study has claimed that these fitness trackers rarely lead to weight loss. As per a study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Florida has claimed the same. Even though, tracking steps, blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol may help people to lead a healthy life but not necessarily aid weight loss.

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As per the latest report, an analysis of six studies which was conducted on 1,615 people found that none of them showed a meaningful drop in weight loss. In an interview with Today, an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Services Research, Dr. Jo said, "I thought that wearable devices would definitely help to lose weight, at some point, because they make people move, but apparently not." He added, "They can motivate people to avoid a sedentary lifestyle, but that does not change people's lifestyle to be [adequately] active."

This new study comes after another study which questioned about the popular 10,000 steps per day goal. As per a study conducted by Brigham and Women's Hospital, they found people are likely to survive for the next five years if they walked over 4,000 steps a day as compared to those who did just 2,700 a day.

The study further deduced that more steps are helpful but till 7,500 steps. The study claimed that it is okay if you do not reach the 10,000 step goal. Also, they said that achieving daily walking or steps goal should not restrict people from working out. 

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The bottom line

Wearable fitness trackers can help to remind people to move after long hours of inactivity, but that's not enough to significantly bring changes in overall health including weight loss.

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