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…
1. They Don’t Guarantee Maximum Weight Loss
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.