Members pairing a wearable fitness tracker are 40% more likely to achieve 5% BMI reduction

Published in Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, researchers found that pairing a physical activity tracker such as a Fitbit was related to greater success with weight loss, with those wearing activity trackers being 40% more likely to achieve a 5% BMI

Researchers at Virginia Tech, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Georgia State University have been studying the impact of physical activity trackers on weight loss and overall engagement in a wellness program. In a peer-reviewed paper recently published in the Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), researchers analyzed members of incentaHEALTH’s Weigh and Win community weight loss program. They compared the outcomes for those wearing a Fitbit vs. those that didn’t pair a fitness tracker to our platform. 

The researchers followed members of incentaHEALTH’s community weight management program and compared the outcomes for those wearing a Fitbit vs. those that didn’t pair a fitness tracker to our platform.  They observed a strong correlation on multiple metrics related to health outcomes and engagement, including BMI reduction, weigh in duration, and overall engagement. Most notable was the finding that wearers of a physical activity tracker such were 40% more likely to achieve a 5% BMI reduction compared to members not pairing an activity tracker.

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