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Use It To Lose It

Can a fitness tracker help you lose weight? Yes and no.

Maybe you received it as a gift or perhaps you bought one when you were feeling especially motivated to get in shape. The first few weeks, you were excited about the weight-loss potential, but then the novelty began to fade. As much as you like showing off the fitness tracker on your wrist, you realize it’s not doing you any good if you aren’t using it.

Despite their popularity, fitness trackers may not be as helpful as once thought. Current studies show that traditional weight-loss methods without the use of technology can be just as effective, if not more so. But don’t let that cause you to put your fitness tracker aside. Instead, take full advantage of it and remember a few things for the best chance at meeting your goals.

It’s Not Magic

No matter how much you wish there was an easy way to lose weight, it’s not going to happen. Many people mistakenly think a fitness tracker is their key to success. Unfortunately, the tracker can’t take the place of exercise and diet. You may have the most expensive tracker available, but it’s not doing you any good if it doesn’t motivate you to exercise more. No tool can take the place of hard work. View your tracker as a tool to get you active and making good choices—not a magic wand.

Don’t Trust It

Studies show fitness trackers give an inaccurate count of your daily calorie burn. You may be told you’ve burned 500 calories when you only burned 300. This misunderstanding can lead to overeating and less moving. Never make food choices based on the tracker’s calorie estimates. Burn more than you think you need to and consider eating a little less. Drink enough water and you’ll maintain the full feeling you need to move forward.

Consistency Is Key

You can’t accurately track your fitness if you don’t wear your tracker every day. It’s an easy mistake. Take the tracker off to charge it and then you forget to put it back on. Losing stats for several days out of the month makes you question your overall scores. Too many days missed and you wonder if it’s even worth the hassle. In order for a fitness tracker to do its job, you’ve got to wear it consistently. You may want to use a tracker that doesn’t require frequent charging.

Challenge Yourself

As you see your stats each day, are you motivated to improve them? Fitness trackers don’t do any good if they only provide information. You’ve got to take the numbers and do something with them. Stay motivated to exercise by watching your progress over time. Since day one you’ve increased your daily steps, your calorie burn, and your workout intensity. Your heart rate monitor shows your heart’s getting stronger. Your sleep reports reveal how exercise is improving your sleep quality.

Take the information from your tracker and continue to set small, attainable goals that you can track. This might be walking 50 more steps each hour, burning 25 more calories each workout, or getting an additional 15 minutes of quality sleep each night.

Get Social

Many devices come with the option of sharing your progress with other people. The accountability of community can be a powerful tool in keeping you motivated. If this sounds good to you, post your workouts on social media. When friends can see your stats you may feel challenged to go faster, further, and longer in your workouts. There’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition to motivate you toward weight-loss success, so host a challenge with other trackers in your area.