There are plenty of trends out there that are trying to help us fight weight gain. There are plenty of commercial diets that are expensive, but that at least work.
However, an important trend at the momentUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Education's Department of Health and Physical Activityhave pointed out how particularly ineffective are thephysical activity trackers.
The Pittsburgh researchers did a 24-month study with two groups:
- one using physical activity trackers along with a weight loss behavioral program;
- the other group only adhered to the weight loss behavioral program.
All participants were submitted to low calorie diets, had increased physical activity prescribed and participated in group therapy sessions on health and nutrition.
After the first six months, participants were again divided into two subgroups: one that continued the group therapy sessions monthly and another who received a device to monitor their diet and activity physical.
What was discovered was that participants without physical activity trackers showed almost twice the benefits of weight loss (6kg) at the end of the period than those who did. And that's a lot!
The researchers concluded that the devices that provide thefeedbackon their progress in weight loss offer less benefits than other more conventional methods. They may not encompass adherence to the principles of a healthy lifestyle, which is the most important aspect of any weight loss program.
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"Although the use of portable devices is currently a popular method of controlling physical activity - measures taken per day or calories burned during a workout - our results show that adding them to a behavioral therapy about weight loss that includes physical activity and reduced calorie intake does not improve weight loss or engagement physical activity. Therefore, within this context, these devices should not be considered tools for weight management to replace of effective behavioral therapy for physical activity and diet, "said John Jakicic, study lead investigator andPitt's Department of Health and Physical Activity.
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