Fitness trackers and their accompanying applications no longer only monitor your activity and fitness patterns, but also your calorie inputs and outputs. Through graph and charts, they give you some idea on your calories consumed and burnt and allow you to compare your consumption patterns between days. And by monitoring what you eat, you can be motivated to stick to a diet plan to meet your dieting goals.
Counting calories burnt
While fitness trackers may not be able to help you monitor your calorie intake automatically, it can usually detect your resting calories and any additional calories burnt through exercise. Hence, you would be able to have a better gauge of how much calories you are burning. Do the math yourself by counting your amount of calories consumed, based on your food intake, minus your calories burnt based on your activity, and you can you see if you have been consuming more than you should; an excess of calorie intake leads to weight gain and a deficient of calorie intake leads to weight loss. You can start each day right by making some of these healthier breakfast food choices.
Data is good encouragement
The accompanying application for most fitness trackers can provide you with additional features, such as food logging. It allows you to keep track of your diet by estimating the amount of calories and nutritional facts of all the food input into the application. When you get a better understanding of the amount of calories you are consuming at each meal, you can feel motivated to make food choices that reduce the amount of calories you are consuming.
Social support is essential to helping you keep on track to following your diet plans. And many fitness devices have have it easier to establish links within their online community and also to Facebook and Twitter, to enable you to share your eating plans and progress towards your goals. When your diet goals, what and how much you eat at each meal, are shared, you feel more accountable. These social platforms then encourage friendly competition within the community to spur you to follow through with your healthy eating plans.
If you are above your healthy weight range, keeping to a diet plan can help you lose weight to achieve your ideal weight. Obesity has been linked to health risks such as high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease, among others. However, dieting until you are underweight is not desirable either, as this can pose a whole range of other health issues, such as diabetes and anemia. What would be best would be to maintain an optimal BMI range of between 18.5 and 24.9.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Assessing Your Weight
How Stuff Works | 5 Health Problems Caused by Being Too Thin
Lifehacker | The Data You Can (and Can’t) Trust From Your Fitness Tracker
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Tom’s Guide | Fitness Tracker Buying Guide
WebMD | 5 Ways Gadgets Can Help You Lose Weight
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