Research points out the use of such devices is not focal to the aim of losing weight.
Wearable fitness devices which track how many steps the wearer has taken, does not improve the chances of losing weight. The claims were made by a recent research published in the American Medical Association (JAMA).
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The research carried out for two years on nearly 500 overweight volunteers, disapproves the worth of fitness trackers. The volunteers in the research were put on a diet and advised exercises to improve their chances of weight loss.
Half of the volunteers were given a fitness tracker to keep tabs on their weight loss journey. At the end of the trial the group given the trackers lost less weight than the other group.
The group wearing the fitness tracker lost an average of only about 8lb i.e. 3.6kg weight. Meanwhile the group without the fitness tracker lost an average of about 13lb i.e. 5.9kg of weight.
The researchers concluded people looking to lose weight should not rely too much on the help of such wearable devices towards success. However they did admit their results in no way mean the devices are completely useless and people should stop using the technology.
The current research carried out by the University of Pittsburgh is one of the first researchers carried out on the effectiveness of fitness trackers. The researchers may be on to something since there is no actual evidence to support the fact that fitness trackers lead to weight loss in any way.
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Another phenomenon seen by the researchers was loss of interest in the devices by the wearers as time went on. The volunteer group was also seen wearing less of the devices near the end of the study.