Over the last little while, fitness trackers in many forms have started to become extremely popular among early adopters of technology and people who want to be able to better understand their true activity levels every day. These little devices come in many different shapes and forms and a new study has shown that they could be a very powerful tool for helping older people to be able to lose weight more effectively.
The study was conducted by Wake Forest University researchers. The participants were 48 individuals between the ages of 65 and 79 years and who were all obese. The study ran for a period of 10 months, which included 5 months in which there was an effort made to lose weight, and another 5 months which was a follow up period.
The participants in the study were randomly assigned to one of two different groups. The first group was provided with information about aerobic exercise and dieting. The second group was provided with this same information but they were also given fitness trackers and some instructions regarding the way in which they should be used.
What the researchers found was that by the end of the study, the people who used the fitness trackers reduced their weight by about 10 percent from where it had been at the beginning of the research. On the other hand, the people who did not have the trackers reduced their weight by an average of only 5 percent of their starting level. This research was published in the Obesity journal’s March 17 online edition.
The authors concluded that this research offers evidence that providing people with a fitness tracker and the proper instructions for using it, as well as the right instruction for a proper diet and workout routine, could help those individuals to be able to lose weight and then keep it off once it’s gone.
The study indicated that weight loss and weight loss maintenance can both benefit from a level of self-regulatory intervention such as what was provided through the tracker device. It should be noted that the individuals who had received the trackers did receive added attention in order to assist them in being able to alter their behaviors so that they could meet their goals. What was truly notable, however, was the tendency for spontaneous physical activity that was outside of the regular exercise program but that was often seen among those who had the fitness trackers.