Fitness trackers are becoming common for people to keep an eye on their fitness and wellness goals. But just how effective are they regarding weight loss? Ilija Jahura talks about the benefits and drawbacks of using a fitness tracker to help you decide whether they’re right for you.
Start with Consistent Tracking
Fitness trackers can help but not by themselves. You’ll want to self-monitor your exercise, movement, and calorie consumption regularly. Think of it as a budget; you can start by observing where you are currently and look at where you need to make adjustments with food intake or activity.
Some trackers come with a companion app to make observing and logging a diet a breeze. Regardless of how you decide to keep track, the key here is consistency. If you’re checking in with yourself, you’ll have greater success reaching your weight loss goals.
There Is No One-Size-Fits-All Solution to Losing Weight
A drawback of using a fitness tracker is that you could become disillusioned by how much power it has to help you lose weight. This thought process could lead to unrealistic expectations that quickly turn into disappointment and possibly giving up altogether.
It’s important to remember that the trackers are there to provide information; you’ll still have to be the one to hold yourself accountable.
If you haven’t used fitness trackers before and are considering adding one to help you lose weight, know yourself first. If you’re someone who may feel like the information could be a hindrance rather than a help, then you can certainly lose weight without one.
Fitness trackers could also spark some overthinking or over-commitment, leading to frustration or burnout.
Use the Technology to Your Advantage
Fitness trackers have unique settings that could help you with any of your health or fitness blindspots.
Maybe you have a healthy diet but struggle to remember to move while at work. You can set your tracker to remind you to get up and walk around. Setting custom alarms to remind you to log your food or even assistance with breathing through meditation techniques are also standard features that come with fitness trackers.
Customizing your tracker to help you will disrupt the automation of your daily routine and get you to do something else, something you’ve decided is essential to losing weight and feeling better.
These reminders can be instrumental in the first weeks, paving the way for you to develop healthy habits little by little, which is always a surefire way to improve a habit’s chance of sticking.
Who Is Ilija Jahura?
Ilija Jahura is a health expert working directly with his Kelowna, British Columbia, clients to help them achieve their goals. Through diet planning, hypertrophy and cardio training, and strength training, he constructs a doable health plan for his clients designed for their success.
No matter what, Ilija wants his clients to feel happy and healthy in their skin while showing them just how much they’re capable of when they put their health and fitness first.