Wearables and fitness trackers are becoming an essential part of everyday life for majority of people. More and more people have started relying on these devices for their health tracking. However, it is essential to know that relying on them completely is not a good idea.
Considering fitness trackers to be our nutritionist is one of the mistakes to avoid. Misfit, Fitbit, Withings or Jawbone, none of them should be your sole source of nutrition advisor. So, it’s better not to accuse these trackers if you are unable to maintain a proper fitness regime.
Fitness Trackers Not Always Right
Fitness trackers might not be always right. Such a device might calculate heart rate wrongly, or miscount the steps you have covered or might recommend a calorie count which could be high for you. Such devices could thus prove to be really harmful if you rely on them solely. A small inaccuracy of these devices could cause you a big blunder.
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Accuracy is what each company strives to provide to its consumers, but it is not always possible to provide 100% accuracy. If the inaccuracies are slight, they won’t make a dent in a wearer’s workout plan. However, if they are huge, the trackers will become unusable. The choice should be yours to determine how much importance you are giving to the devices.
Dana James, certified nutritionist and founder of Food Coach NYC, said: “There are huge differences in individual circumstances. If your gut bacteria is full of bad bacteria, you can eat 30 percent fewer calories, exercise 30 percent harder, and gain 30 percent more than someone with the right microbial makeup.”
Growth in the Coming Years
In spite of the inaccuracy, the wearables and fitness trackers market is expected to grow in the coming years. Whatever happens to its growth, as a user, it is your responsibility to use it logically. If you use an app to guide you with the statistics, it is better to use the information along with the one obtained from the fitness tracker. You can get the calorie count, but with combined data you can monitor calorie counting which will be even more beneficial for you.
“If a person is drinking sweetened beverages or some of the coffee drinks like chai tea lattes, those calories aren’t going to allow them to lose the weight they want,” said nutritionist and registered dietician, Margaret Wertheim.
So, use your sense and stop relying completely on fitness trackers for your fitness routine.
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