Activity Trackers, Instead of Helping, Weaken Weight Loss Efforts

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    Sep 21, 2016 12:40 AM GMT
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    NYT: Wearable activity monitors can count your steps and track your movements, but they don’t, apparently, help you lose weight. In fact, you might lose more weight without them.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/27/well/activity-trackers-may-undermine-weight-loss-efforts.html?
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    Sep 21, 2016 3:50 PM GMT
    Yes, in the same category as buying a gym membership.

    A natural lean physique is a result of natural living. No equipment needed.


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    NYT: Wearable activity monitors can count your steps and track your movements, but they don’t, apparently, help you lose weight. In fact, you might lose more weight without them.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/27/well/activity-trackers-may-undermine-weight-loss-efforts.html?
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    Sep 21, 2016 4:10 PM GMT
    I never bought one of those but stopped looking at my phone tracker when it couldn't register anything for everything I did in the gym. It is fun to look at the steps counter when on a vaca that involves a lot of hiking. I think the highest was about 36,000 steps one day in Northern Ireland. If I lived in a city and wasn't car dependent, I might still find it interesting to see how many steps and the trend line. I think the only Tracker that works is a scale first thing in the morning after peeing (It's called "dry" weight) because it reduces the variable of water retention. I went through a period of waking up worrying about things on my mind for a month a while back and would get up and pee and drink some water just to clear my head before trying to go back to sleep. It was interesting. Even with the water intake, between about 3:30am and 7:30 my weight would drop 2-3 pounds.
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    Sep 21, 2016 4:42 PM GMT
    Our Apple watches came with an activity monitor. It merely reports how long you're been sitting or on your feet. Not the distance or paces walked.

    It'll nag me to stand up and walk around for a while, because I do sit a lot. Whether at home or when I go out. I find that's an OK thing to know, and to correct. Prolonged sitting isn't good for my leg circulation, and overall calorie burning. In fact, sitting idle for long periods puts on weight, that I'm trying to lose.

    So for me, that basic information is a good thing, in my view.

    As far as gym membership, my last gym closed again, second time now for them in a different location. I found another fairly local gym that accepts my Silver Sneakers card. They're called "Crunch", don't know yet if they're some kind of chain or what.

    Silver Sneakers is a program for those over 65, and underwritten by your Medicare supplement provider. It pays for your gym or spa full membership totally, you pay nothing yourself.

    Of course the VA offers nothing comparable, whose services I'm eligible to also use. But using the VA in Florida is like going to a Third-World country. You're lucky if you get a doctor who speaks comprehensible English, and with ridiculously long waits. And every follow-up visit is with a different doctor, who doesn't know you. You're supposed to be assigned to a primary care "team", but that means nothing. And the specialists are always different.

    Well, anyway, I've gotta drop by that gym this week and join. And Silver Sneakers lets me join as many gyms as I want. Thanks for prompting me! I tend to let these things slip.