Why Your Fitness Tracker Doesn’t Automatically Make You Lose Unwanted Weight
Millions of us are trying to lose unwanted weight. Among them, a large proportion will have invested in fitness trackers of one kind or another. That said, many people forget that these devices are nothing more than tools to help track behaviors and better understand habits. Just because you own one of these devices, it doesn’t mean you’ll automatically drop the pounds.
Of course, nobody believes that strapping a Fitbit to their wrist will suddenly cause them to lose unwanted weight. Few people would expect that Apple Watch ownership would let them see falling numbers on the scale despite not having changed a single thing about their eating and activity habits. Still, all too many people are disappointed when they buy wearable technology and they still don’t reach their weight loss goals.
Using a Device Doesn’t Make You Healthy
For one thing, you need to actually use the device if you want to benefit from it. Regardless of whether your goal is to lose unwanted weight or get fit, you will need to wear your device all day long (or according to the instructions that come with it) and use the information data it collects to help guide your behaviors.
Regardless of whether you’re active or not, wearing the device will help you to collect data so you can identify your trends. If you put your fitness tracker in a drawer because you know you don’t plan to be active, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Yes, it’s true that you’re not being active, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to track.
Tracking Every Single Day
When you track both the days that you are and are not active, you’ll improve your potential benefits from your wearable technology. Remember that the device itself won’t make you lose unwanted weight. However, it will help you to become accountable for the efforts you are – or are not – making to achieve your goal. If you’re only tracking the days when you’re being active, you’re doing yourself a disservice, and you’re shrinking the potential device benefits.
Instead, allow your device to help you better understand your reality, whether you think you’ll like the truth or not. After all, you’re not going to lose unwanted weight by pretending your lifestyle isn’t having any impact on your potential success. You’ll lose those pounds by understanding both your strengths and your weaknesses. Then, you can find out how to make improvements so that you can get to your goals more effectively!
Track every day. You may be getting more steps than you think, or you may be getting fewer. That said, until you do, you won’t be able to make the right changes to lose unwanted weight as fast as possible. The device will only give you the data. The rest is up to you.