Let’s admit it, it’s pretty easy for a majority of us to gain weight but very tough to lose it. According to various studies conducted on the topic, you are likely to gain at a minimum, one pound during the holidays.
Over the years, the weight keeps piling up thereby becoming harder to shed and in some cases leading to obesity in the end.
A sure way of avoiding weight gain is as simple as setting dieting and exercising goals and sticking to them.
However, this is not as easy as it sounds. For you to meet these aims, you will need to religiously observe several mean exercise routines and eat foods that may not always be very pleasant.
Fortunately, there is no shortage of helpful and affordable technology options these days that will assist you manage your weight more efficiently. Today, the consumer market is bursting with fitness tracking devices of all sorts ranging from mobile apps that help you count the calories you consume or burn, heart rate monitors, fitness games and more recently, the wearable technology.
What is wearable technology?
Wearable fitness technology consists of gadgets that help to track all your movements, the amount of burnt calories and even the quality of your sleep. According to a report released by IHS, an industry forecaster, the wearable technology industry is expected to grow to about $30 billion by 2018 up from $8.6 billion recorded in 2012. This show just how much potential this technology has shown in its quest to provide a new dimension to the topic of weight loss.
Today, close to 10 percent of Americans are using the wearable technology that includes the popular activity trackers such as the Nike+ Fuelband, the Fitbit family of devices and Jawbone UP24 among others.
These devices can then be linked to mobile apps that provide the ability to publish the data collected from the user’s activity on social networks. The concept behind this is that sharing your weight loss goals and achievements helps you become more accountable to your routines and targets.
How to lose weight with wearable technology?
As mentioned earlier, a wearable fitness tracker will make one of the best approaches to managing your weight. However, you will have to understand the power it harbors towards helping you achieve your fitness goals if you are to get any meaningful impression from using it.
The following are some of the ways in which you can benefit from this technology.
Monitoring your diet
A large part of your weight loss journey will depend on how keen you are on your diet. This mainly entails watching the number of calories you consume each day and managing them appropriately.
A worthy wearable fitness device should be able to sync with your nutrition tracker to help you manage your calorie intake. On the same line, the tracker should also assist in tracking your hydration levels since water is a crucial component in controlling the calorie intake as well as preventing muscle fatigue.
Tracking your movement
Primarily, adults should engage in about 150 minutes of moderate activity every week to lead healthy lives. To meet this quota, you will be required to walk between 7,000 and 8,000 steps a day that can go up to 10,000 steps for enhanced health benefits.
With most wearables acting as pedometers, you will be able to track how many steps or level of activity you’ve achieved on a daily basis. Remember that these steps and activity helps improve your insulin sensitivity as well as the body’s ability to manage carbohydrates.
Monitoring your inactive periods
Most wearable fitness technology devices such as bands with activity monitors can assist you in achieving the much-needed consistency in your exercise regime. For example, they will encourage you to keep moving when you have been inactive for a while. Some of them will even encourage you to engage in accessible activities such as talking to a colleague and taking the stairs at work. This will help add to the calories you burn by the end of the day.
Tracking your sleep
Recently, most wearable fitness devices are increasingly adding a sleep tracker to help you understand your sleeping patterns. Having a restful, uninterrupted sleep will come in very handy when watching your weight, remember?
The sleep tracker allows you to track how long your sleep lasted which incorporates factors such as movements recorded during sleep. An extended duration of poor sleep interferes with the insulin sensitivity and can prove detrimental to your weight loss program and the body fitness in general.
Tips for using (wearing) wearable fitness technology devices
Before purchasing any of the wearables found in the market, it is always important to do your homework to help you identify the best there is in the market. You will also need to understand your goals which will then form the basis of the choice of tech you make. The following are other important tips to help you choose and use your most appropriate device:
- Choose a wrist tracker over other optionsIt’s no coincidence that most of the popular trackers today such as Fitbit One tracker and Jawbone UP are worn on the wrist. The major reason this is so is that trackers worn on wrists do not easily get lost unlike others such as those clipped to belts or bras. You will also realize that having a tracker on the wrist helps avoid common accidents such as washing it together with your clothes. For these reasons, always go for trackers that you will wear on your wrist.
- Beware of getting distracted by the deviceIt is very easy to get distracted by your wearable device while working out at a gym, and this can be injurious to your fitness routine. The typical disruptive activities include concentrating too much on the playlist, answering your texts mid-workout, swiping the device’s touchscreen, etc. Try as much as possible to keep away from the gadgets by placing your concentration on the workout, and only getting back to the devices for results and analysis once your training is over.
As seen in the discussion above, the latest crop of wearable technology devices can be very useful in tracking your movements, sleep and calories burnt during exercises. This has seen the wearable technology gain massive popularity among weight loss enthusiasts in quite a short duration since it was incepted.
Important to note, however, is that the technology will only serve you right if only have a properly planned, sustainable fitness program in place since it cannot work on its own.
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