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Fitness trackers may not help people keep weight off long-term 

This Viewpoint discusses issues that prevent wearable medical devices from effectively bridging the gap between recording information and changing health-relate

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People have become addicted using wearable fitness technology thinking that it is a good escape and easy way to manage their health weight loss. Fitness wearable are marketed as a way to help you control your activity, but it turns out they may not help users keep weight off in the long term. According to a new study, obese adults who have lost weight, those using a fitness tracker gained back more weight than those who don’t have one. At DietSensor, we are convinced « what gets measured, gets managed! » Weight, diet and physical activity trackers often help you measure your progress but fail in telling you how to improve your habits or give you the support you need.

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FITNESS WEARABLES DON’T GUARANTEE YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT

Hoping to pop on a wearable fitness tracker and watch the pounds melt off? Dieters are better off using another strategy.

Maintaining a healthy body weight, self monitoring of food intake and physical activity, are the centerpiece of behavioral weight loss intervention programs. However, a new study out of the University of Pittsburgh showed that members of a group who wore fitness trackers lost less weight than a group that tracked their fitness manually, and we’re not surprised at all. In fact, overweight adults who did not wear fitness trackers during the two year weight loss study, failed to shed more pounds that those who did use them.

Why Widgets don’t work?

It’s a good question. We thought that it is due to several reasons. One is that when you start wearing this technology, when you do weight loss, you have to pay attention to what you eat, when you eat, how much you eat, how much activity you do… and all those things are very important! Thus by giving somebody these wearables, it may put such an emphasis on focussing to what they are doing that they lose track of what they are eating and how much they are eating and so on. So they lose track of the other things that are really important to manage their weight.

Wearable fitness trackers can count your steps and track you movements, but they don’t, apparently, contribute to lose weight. In fact, you might lose more weight without them.

Although wearable devices have the potential to promote health behavior change, this change may not be driven by these devices alone and this had been small scale and short term, and that wearable tracking devices alone won’t drive health behavior change, according to researchers.

Losing weight can be fun, maintaining that loss often becomes a tedious, never-ending obstacle. Sustaining fat loss demands determination, big-picture focus, and uncomfortably saying “no” to your carb-pushing aunt’s chunky cheesecake brownies.

A balanced and health-promoting lifestyle, which should include moderate physical activity, a balanced and healthful diet, adequate sleep, and effective stress management, can improve these conditions, lead to weight loss, and improve one’s overall quality of life.

In competitive, mature markets, there is a number of players, positioned as either product specialists or market specialists, including DietSensor, that have designed personalized platforms to promote an active lifestyle and well-being based on nutrition behavior changes, thus adding value to the existing data analysis such as wearables devices. DietSensor’s core goal is to stem the growth of diabetes and obesity by providing people with access to real-time, real world applications that can better manage their condition.

At DietSensor, we are convinced « what gets measured, gets managed! » Weight, diet and physical activity trackers often help you measure your progress but fail in telling you how to improve your habits or give you the support you need.

 

Facts, figures and statistics about diabetes on World Health Day

World Health Organisation states 422 million people are affected by diabetes in a report for World Health Day.

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Statistics

An estimated 422 million adults were living with diabetes in 2014, a figure which has risen from 108 million in 1980.

High blood sugar levels are linked to 3.7 million deaths around the world every year, according to WHO.

Diabetes caused 1.5 million deaths in 2012.

An additional 2.2 million deaths were caused by higher-than-optimal blood glucose, due to the increased risks of cardiovascular disease and other complications.

According to Diabetes UK, it is estimated that one in 16 people in the UK have diabetes – either diagnosed or undiagnosed.

There are four million people living with the disease in the UK.

“Whether users plan to use DietSensor to monitor diabetes, lose weight, or improve general fitness, to help alleviate allergy concerns or are simply curious to know what exactly they are putting into their body, we expect the simple and intuitive technology to quickly become part of their daily regimen,” stated DietSensor CEO Remy Bonnasse. “We’re excited to bring this to market and we’re sure that users will be equally enthusiastic, especially once they start using the app.”

How DietSensor Works

The DietSensor app runs on iOS and Android devices and connects to the optional spectrometric scanner and digital scale via Bluetooth. Food is placed on the scale to measure portion weight and then scanned with the spectrometer, the data from which is then analyzed by the cloud based DietSensor database that quickly and accurately obtains and displays the nutritional value of the scanned food – all in a few seconds.

Key Benefits of DietSensor

  • The DietSensor app reads your results and instantly tells you what’s in your food or beverage.
  • The app keeps you balanced with accurate results from any food, even those with no label.
  • Provides access to the one of the world’s largest food databases with more than 600,000 items from over 50 countries in 19 languages.
  • Personal nutrition coaching featuring a new progression chart that details information on carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, calories, and alcohol levels.
  • Automated fitness coach with personal feedback and recommendations on the quantity and quality of your food to help keep you on track.

 

The DietSensor app is also compatible with technology from more than 25 companies, including Adidas®, FitBit®, Garmin®, Jawbone®, Microsoft®, Runkeeper®, Sony® and Strava®.

 

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