Fitbit’s fitness machine is supposed to let you track your activity, but the fitness device isn’t designed to help you lose weight, according to a study by The New York Times.
In fact, it has the exact opposite effect.
The study’s lead author, Jessica Crespo, an associate professor of psychology at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said the fitness machines are “very much like a diet pill that’s meant to help people lose weight,” and that its design has made it a “dangerous” product.
The fitness devices are designed to track your heart rate, blood pressure, and calories burned, but they don’t do anything to help with weight loss, according the study.
So, the device itself isn’t making you lose fat, but instead, it’s helping you gain weight.
The device has been around for a while, but there’s a lot of buzz about it lately, according Crespu, who’s also the lead author on a study published in the journal Appetite that found the devices are “a bad idea for weight loss.”
“There is a lot more research on fitness trackers and the potential health risks, and the lack of regulation makes it hard to get a clear message,” Crespos said.
“Fitness trackers are a bad idea.”
The devices are a combination of a smartphone app, a smartphone tracker, and an on-device pedometer.
The pedometer tracks your heart rates and blood pressure using Bluetooth technology, while the smartphone app tracks your activity and heart rate.
It also has a camera, so you can capture video of yourself using it, Crespotos said in a statement.
When a user uses the device to track their activity, the software sends data to the device’s servers, where it analyzes it and tells you how much weight you’ve lost.
For example, the app would tell you how many calories you’ve burned, and what you should eat next.
But the device doesn’t do much to help a user lose weight.
“There are a lot fewer things you can do with the data,” Cresco said.
That’s because the fitness tracker’s on-screen display doesn’t provide any real information about what the device is telling you, which is why the data is “basically a picture of how much the device knows about your weight,” she said.
In the study, participants had to complete a questionnaire about their fitness level and activity.
They also had to do a series of tests, including a treadmill test to measure the distance runners and walkers ran in a day.
When the researchers compared the two devices, they found that the fitness tracker showed less weight loss than the pedometer did.
For instance, the pedometers “were able to accurately predict whether the participant would lose an additional pound or two, but only the fitness band did.”
But when the participants had a device with a calorie tracker attached, the results were much more favorable.
Crespsos said the research is important because the devices “don’t work as advertised.”
She said the study “is a step toward a more scientific understanding of how to make devices that actually help people live more active lives.”
She also said that “it’s important to be realistic about how well these devices work and what their actual effectiveness is.”
Crespi said her research was “a bit of a departure from what I’m used to doing in psychology, which I do in a lot.
This is a bit of new ground, but hopefully this can lead to more research to find more ways to help more people live active lives, as opposed to just watching them lose weight.”
The study was funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the National Institutes of Health, and other grants.