• 20-SEP-2016

  • SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association

Use of Wearable Fitness Technology Does Not Improve Weight Loss

Many Americans are turning to wearable fitness devices to help meet their fitness goals, however a new study reports that using this type of technology did not result in more weight loss among a group of obese and overweight young adults.


Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh studied 471 overweight young adults who received counseling on diet and exercise from 2010 to 2012. Six months into the study, half were randomly assigned to the wearable device to help track physical activity and diet. They found that the group that did not use the wearable device lost about five pounds more than the group who did.


Although wearable technology has changed and improved since the beginning of this study, there is still no one-size-fits-all tracking device when it comes to weight loss.


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