Who doesn't love the look and feel of a Fitness Tracker?! They are so sleek looking and literally make exercise fun. Don't deny that you and your friends haven't tried to out do each-other with the number of steps you have taking per day!
You may want to hold that thought though, as a new study has found that wearing a fitness tracker doesn't necessarily lead to weight less and can in fact have the total opposite effect!
According to People Magazine, a team of researchers led by Dr. John Jakicic of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Health and Physical Activity studied 470 people ages 18 to 35 with overweight BMIs over the course of two years.
All participants were placed on a low calorie diet, instructed to increase physical activity and attended counseling sessions. After six months, half were given a fitness-tracking device.
At the end of the two years, participants who did not use the tracking device lost an average of 5.9 kg, while those who used a tracking device lost an average of 3.5kg .
It's still a little unclear about exactly this is but according to People, Dr Jakicic said it all came down to limited information about behaviour changes for those who need it to lose weight.
"It is demotivating because they see how hard it is. These devices provide information on activity and energy expenditure, but provide very little meaningful information that can really result in behavior change."
"For some people these types of things are extremely motivating and might be exactly what they need. For other people they may be ineffective."