Your Fitbit might not be as great as you think. Citing a new study, the New York Times reports that people who who wore wearable technology over the two-year trial lost an average of five pounds less than people who didn’t have access to the technology.
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Four hundred and seventy adults took part in the IDEA study, which took place at the University of Pittsburgh between 2010 and 2012. Everyone who participated were placed on a low-calorie diet and given access to counseling that encouraged an increase in physical activity. Six months into the study, half of the group were given wearable fitness technology to track their movement while the other half was not.
At the end of the study, the group that wore the monitors lost an average of 7.7 pounds compared to an average loss of 13 pounds for those who didn’t wear the monitors. That means the group without any sort of wearable fitness technology lost over 40 percent more weight.
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