Can a fitness tracker help you lose weight?

Fitness trackers can be powerful weight loss tools
Can the FitBit help you lose weight?

Do you need to lose weight? Do you know someone who's struggling to maintain a healthy weight? I'm betting you do, and that's why I want to talk fitness trackers.

If you love statistics, if you like numbers, if you are competitive, a tracker may be provide you with the perfect nudge toward activity.

How do I know? I bought a FitBit for my husband, whose work keeps him tethered to a chair.

I did not nag. I did not change his diet. I did not do anything out of the ordinary. Yet, this dear man lost 9 pounds in 6 weeks.

How, you ask? It was beautifully simple: he began to walk 10,000 steps a day.

I have to admit it: the power of numbers, statistics, and the use of technology to improve health drastically exceeded my expectations. In fact, I honestly find his weight loss quite shocking.

Will a fitness tracker help you? Will it help your loved one? I'm not certain, but with the overweight/obesity rate hovering at 69%, putting millions at increased risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and a host of cancers, isn't it worth finding out?

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