Researchers from Pittsburgh, USA have found that weight loss is not helped by the use of a wearables.
The study looked at 471 participants (a quarter did not complete the study) with body mass index in the 25 to 40 range. Their age range was 18-35 years with 28.9% being nonwhite and 77.2% women.
Looking at the specifics, there were two groups in the study with both participating in an activity program and a calorie controlled diet. Both groups reported “significant improvements in body composition, fitness, physical activity, and diet”. However, there were with no significant difference between the two groups.
Devices that monitor and provide feedback on physical activity may not offer an advantage over standard behavioral weight loss approaches.
Don’t forget – weight is just one metric you can use to monitor your health. SO, while this study says wearables didn’t offer an advantage for weight loss, they do offer other benefits such as motivation to encourage a more active lifestyle.