Should You Ditch that Fitbit on Your Weight Loss Journey?

By |October 20th, 2016|

If you’ve been following our blog for a while you’re probably well aware of the fact that weight loss is multi-dimensional. What do you eat? What do you avoid? How much do you sleep? How do you exercise? There are so many different aspects that it can sometimes get confusing, but at the same time it’s important to keep track of everything on your weight loss journey. So, in comes the Fitbit, a device to help keep track of your physical activity and diet. It’s marketed as a way to help make losing weight easier. At a considerable cost. So, is it worth it?
The Fitbit didn’t seem to help

According to a recent study from the Journal of the American Medical Association: probably not. The study tracked almost 500 people, between the ages of 18-35, for a six month clinical trial diet, which included prescribed exercise and group therapy regarding weight loss. The study then continued with another 18 months of low monitoring from researchers, where some of the people wore wearable fitness tracking devices, similar to the Fitbit though not that exact type, while others went without and used a website provided by the researchers.

The researchers found, “Devices that monitor and provide feedback on physical activity may not offer an advantage over standard behavioural weight-loss approaches.” This was based on the fact that by the end of the two years, the people who used the website lost, on average, five pounds more than those who used the mobile tracking apps. The people using the website had also lost more weight at the 12 and 18 month points of the trial.
Why didn’t the Fitbit get results?

The researchers weren’t exactly sure why the results [...]