Fitness bands have certainly been hyped up by the media. However, a growing number of Fitbit-wearers are finding that their tracker has caused weight gain rather than weight loss or weight maintenance.
Why Fitness Trackers Spur Weight Gains
Part of the problem with fitness trackers is that they don't always provide sound advice. These monitoring devices gauge one's activity level and suggest a corresponding amount of calories that can be consumed and burned.
However, the device isn't completely accurate in terms of measuring fitness activity and caloric consumption levels. As a result, some fitness trackers have caused health-conscious individuals to consume more calories than they should. These bands mistakenly overestimate physical activity levels, making people think they are exercising more than they actually are.
The bottom line is that fitness trackers don't account for each wearer's unique metabolism and other biological idiosyncrasies. Some people process food quickly while others have a comparably slow metabolic rate. If your metabolism is faster or slower than the tracking device anticipates, you might not be provided with sound advice regarding daily caloric consumption and physical activity levels.
Fitness Trackers Don't Account For Well-being
Some fitness tracker users consume fewer calories than they burn yet still don't experience weight loss. Aside from metabolism speed and possible technical errors, an alternative explanation is that fitness bands don't account for overall well-being. In the end, weight loss is more than mathematics. One's well-being and other variables like hormones, the time of day/night when meals are consumed and sleep patterns, also play a role in weight loss.
The key is to not become overly fixated with the quantification of food consumption and exercise. Recognize that fitness bands have their limitations. For example, fitness trackers can't monitor the type of calories one assumes. Try to eliminate as many simple carbohydrates, artificial sugars and high-calorie foods/drinks to maximize the accuracy of your fitness tracker.
What To Do If You've Gained Weight
If you've gained weight, you can still get your body back. The summer is the perfect time to work off extra pounds. Join a gym. Try out a new workout program. Change up your diet. It's never too late to get the body you've always wanted.
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