Is Your Fitbit Stimulate You Fat?
In 2013, when David Stewart tipped the scales at 200 pounds, he slapped on a Fitbit, guessing itd has become a quick style to shed the weight. Instead, the opposite happened.
The activity band tracked his sleep and workout and devoted him a goal of 10,000 steps a day approximately five miles to complete. But every time the 5-foot-6 tech administrator from Crown Heights would gratify his fitness plan, hed ravine on pizza, doughnuts or ice cream, gaining more than 20 pounds over the course of four months.
It just gave me a license to let me feed whatever I wanted, Stewart , now 45, tells The Post. Its a good tool to hold you active, but its nothing more than a tool.
More than 20 percentage of adult Americans wear fitness trackers, according to a survey by tech company Forrester, but not everyones scale is moving in the right direction. A September study by the University of Pittsburgh found that people who had activity monitors lost less weight than people who werent wearing them.
One possible reason: While activity monitors track how many steps you take, the number of calories burned fluctuates from person to person depending on factors such as height, weight and metabolism.
Walking 200 steps, I can be burning[ a lot fewer] calories than you do, Dori Arad, a registered dietitian and exert physiologist at Mount Sinai Hospital, tells The Post. He says hes ensure increased levels of patients whove had trouble losing weight while utilizing activity monitors.
Plus, while it sounds impressive, Fitbits 10,000 -steps-a-day goal doesnt have a very scientific origin , nor does it ensure weight loss. The first pedometers were sold in Japan in the early 1960 s and named manpo-kei, which translates to 10,000 steps meter. That number was decided by a group of doctors who believed the average person takes about 5,000 steps a day and if that number increased to 10,000 or above, theyd be healthier.
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