Fitness bracelets: great deception and fake efficiency

The international community of scientists has repeatedly refuted the conjecture that wearable control devices can be effective with various methods of losing weight. Now the exposure was overtaken by so-called fitness bracelets.

Fitness bracelets: great deception and fake efficiency

Manufacturing companies often endow their products of this level with fantastic, but completely unprovable properties. And the last point in the dispute and comparisons, as always, is science.

Pittsburgh University, famous for its specialists in public health and medicine, conducted its own study of the "phenomenon" of the fitness bracelet, and the results of this work were predictable: bracelets can not be more effective than the methods recommended by dietitian doctors.

What is this device, a fitness bracelet? A portable device that collects data on the duration of sleep, distance traveled, summing up energy losses and other parameters that are taken into account when reducing weight. But is the bracelet itself able to influence the internal discipline of everyone? In this there are great doubts.

An electronic device is unlikely to have a strong psychological impact. For example, in consultation with a real dietitian, the patient can obtain a sea of ​​information about the negative consequences of even a moderate but stable consumption of a product for food. Counters and bracelets will simply prompt you with dry figures about calories, which is unlikely to motivate the majority. Scientists decided to conduct an experiment, and compare two types of persistence of a person: controlled by doctors, and controlled by electronic alarm-bracelets.

For the experiment, about 500 people were invited, who faced a difficult task: follow the scientists' recommendations within 2 years. In the course of the experiment, the first phase was launched: during the first half of the year, all participants observed a diet, conducted a lifestyle recommended by specialists. For the purity of the experiment further, the group was divided into two parts, one of which continued to feed and rest according to the system of previous recommendations, and the second group wore fitness bracelets, and adhered to their own ideas about a healthy diet for weight loss. At the end of 18 months both groups were subjected to inspection and control weighing. The group, following the recommendations of specialists, showed the effectiveness of weight loss, on average, 13% more than the group using fitness bracelets. Thus, the schematic picture was drawn not in favor of the electronic "controller".