Activity Trackers, Diet & Weight

running-573762_1280An activity tracker is a device or application for monitoring and tracking fitness-related metrics such as distance walked or run, calorie consumption, and in some cases heartbeat and quality of sleep. The term is now primarily used for dedicated electronic monitoring devices that are synced, in many cases wirelessly, to a computer or smartphone for long-term data tracking, an example of wearable technology. There are also independent smartphone apps and Facebook apps. Source: Activity tracker – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedi

Some of the recently popular activity trackers are: Fitbit, AppleWatch, Garmin just to name a few. Are you relying on your activity tracker to also help you lose weight?

Activity trackers are great for counting our steps.  I use Fitbit to help me track my 10,000 steps a day, which the American Heart Association recommends for those of us who are not exercise buffs, but want  to satisfy a minimal exercise commitment.

A recent article suggests that we are relying too much on our monitors, and less on our diets. So this is a reminder that it is also necessary for us to do more than just move to keep our weight in a range that is healthful. Here are some suggestions:

  • Work on maintaining a low-calorie diet designed to help you with weight loss.
  • Move more.  Try for at least 100 minutes of moderate activity each week.
  • Keep a daily food and exercise log.
  • Use a support system to help you stay on the course of weight wellness.
  • Check your progress in about six months.

Remember, using your activity tracker alone is not enough.

Source: Activity Trackers May Undermine Weight Loss Efforts – The New York Times

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