Fitness trackers can measure our every step, so that must be a good thing when it comes to reaching health goals, right? Not necessarily. New studies have shown that fitness trackers can actually make us take a step backwards when it comes to setting targets and reaching them.
There have been questions raised about the accuracy of these devices, and whether people are getting a true sense of their progress. However, many people still swear by them. In any case, here are six ways fitness trackers can put you off track…
A very recent theVerge.com article refers to a study where those who used a fitness tracker to shed pounds actually ended up losing less weight than those who didn’t use a device as part of their exercise regime.
The study centered on 471 overweight individuals aged 18 to 35, with both groups following a set diet and exercise plan. After 6-months, one of the groups started using a particular fitness tracker (that has since been discontinued, according to the source) and while everyone saw some results after 2-years, those with the tracker lost an average of 5.3-pounds less than their device-free counterparts.