Dieters use Fitbit to resort to extreme measures

26 April 2013

A handful of dieters are taking extreme measures to try and lose weight. With the help of Fitbit, a wireless digital tool used to record physical activity, some are programming their refrigerator to shut down if they don’t exercise enough in the day. Therefore, insufficient calorie burn results in a fridge full of spoiled food.

Doukas Charalampos is using his Fitbit to do that very thing. “I am working too many hours on the computer and I neglect physical activity quite often,” he told the Huffington Post. “I needed some strong motivation.”

A number of Fitbit users are following suit, albeit in somewhat less extreme ways, to lose weight fast. The gadget is extremely popular at the moment, having grown 150 per cent since it was launched three years ago. The company is now valued at $300 million (£194m). By logging hours slept, food consumed, steps taken, and calories burned, the device helps users manage weight, even lose weight over time if they are mindful of recorded data. Competing gadgets include the Nike+ Fuelband and Garmin Forerunner - both of which are huge names in the weight loss industry. The question is, are these products actually worth the money?

That depends on the user. Studies have shown that keeping track of food and workouts can help maximise weight loss, but that means the consumer must utilise the device to its full potential and wear it every day - many of us are too forgetful or busy for that. For the average person, gadgets can be overwhelmingly complicated. If you’re looking to lose weight, your best bets are a healthy diet, 30 minutes or more of rigorous exercise, and self control. If that doesn’t work, or if you consider yourself too far gone for conservative weight loss techniques, take heart - weight loss surgery is available to help you look and feel your best.

Consider a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) or liposuction to improve your appearance and enhance self esteem, but bear in mind that you should at least try to shed some weight before undergoing surgery. Diet and exercise will help you get to a stage where surgery is possible.

Don’t worry - you won’t need to sync your Fitbit to spoil all your food if you don’t put an extra ten minutes in at the gym. All you need is a little motivation and great professional care to get the body you’ve always wanted.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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