Good Health: Fitness trackers might not help

Good Health: Fitness trackers might not help


MET TARGETS FOR SALES FOR PROFIT AND FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE. ♪>>Karen: IN “GOOD HEALTH,” HOW MANY STEPS DID YOU GET IN TODAY?>>Devin: A COMMON QUESTION IN CONVERSATIONS. EVERYONE WEARING FITNESS TRACKERS OR CHECKING IN ON THEIR PHONES. THEY MIGHT NOT BE KEEPING US FIT. KILL JOY!>>Dr. McGeorge: I ALWAYS AM. MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WEAR THEM ON THEIR WRISTS OR USING APPS ON THEIR PHONES. BUT IF YOU’RE DOING IT BECAUSE YOU THINK IT’S GOING TO HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT, RESEARCH IS SUGGESTING OTHERWISE. A NEW STUDY SORT OF DEFIES WHAT YOU THINK WOULD BE WEIGHT LOSS COMMON SENSE. IT SUGGESTS WEARING A FITNESS TRACKER TO TALLY THE NUMBER OF STEPS IN A DAY DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN THE NUMBERS ON THE SCALE WILL COME DOWN.>>IT WAS SURPRISING.>>Dr. McGeorge: THE DOCTOR AND HIS COLLEAGUES RECRUITED MORE THAN 400 OVERWEIGHT AND OBESE ADULTS AND WENT ON A LOW-CALORIE DIET, HAD COUNSELING AND HALF WERE GIVEN MONITORS. THE THE THOUGHT WAS IT WOULD LEAD TO GREATER WEIGHT LOSS, BUT IT DIDN’T WORK.>>IT’S POSSIBLE THAT PEOPLE STARTED TO RELY ON THE WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES MORE THAN THEY SHOULD HAVE AND INSTEAD OF PAYING BETTER ATTENTION TO THEIR DIET AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.>>Dr. McGeorge: SO THE BOTTOM LINE IS, ACHIEVING A FITNESS GOAL IS NOT AN EXCUSE FOR OVERINDULGING. BOTH GROUPS LOST WEIGHT, BUT THOSE WHO DID NOT RELY ON FITNESS TRACKERS ACTUALLY LOST AN AVERAGE OF 5 ADDITIONAL POUNDS.>>Devin: THAT’S INTERESTING. WHAT’S BEHIND THAT, DO YOU SUPPOSE?>>Dr. McGeorge: THEY THOUGHT THE FITNESS TRACKER SAID YOU’RE WALKING PLENTY, SO YOU HAVE PERMISSION TO EAT MORE.>>Karen: I SO DO THAT! I DID A COUPLE HUNDRED STEPS, I CAN HAVE SOME OREOS.>>Dr. McGeorge: SO THE FEEDBACK IS GOOD AS LONG AS YOU DON’T USE

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