- Wake Forest University
- March 17, 2014
Fitness trackers may help older folks lose weight
Older people who had the fitness trackers (over a 5-month initiative to lose weight) weighed about 10% less than their baseline weight, while those without the trackers weighed only about 5% less.
Researchers at Wake Forest University worked with 48 obese people (ages 65 and 79) for 10 months, including five months of efforts to lose weight and five months of follow-up. The study participants were randomly assigned to either a group given information about dieting and aerobic exercise or a group given the same information along with a fitness tracker and guidance on how to use it. At the end of the study, people who had the fitness trackers weighed about 10 percent less than their baseline weight, while those without the trackers weighed only about 5 percent less.
The authors said the study provides early evidence that adding a fitness tracker and instruction (which researchers call a “self-regulatory intervention”) to a fitness regimen may help people lose weight and maintain that weight loss.
The Journal of Obesity