I am going to start this off with some tough love. I do not care how many calories your apple watch, fit bit, or OTF monitor told you, you burned. I really couldn’t care less. Want to know why?
BECAUSE THEY ARE SO INACCURATE IT HURTS! It hurts my head when I have to hear the frustration coming from someone who swears they are burning 800 calories at their OTF class or burned 300 calories on their run this morning. Because of this, the way they eat is influenced and it becomes this vicious cycle that only ends in frustration as well as a bad relationship with their body and how they fuel it.
It hurts my heart to know how many people are so desperately looking for an answer and are working their butts off and not seeing the results…
Stanford University School of Medicine gathered 60 diverse individuals and tested 7 different devices that measure both heart rate and energy expenditure (aka how many calories you have burned). The 6 devices they tested in May of 2017 included the Apple Watch, Basis Peak, Fitbit Surge, Microsoft Band, Mio Alpha 2, PulseOn, and the Samsung Gear S2. While the heart rate was measured with an error of less than 5%, energy expenditure was not as accurate…
This study found that NONE of the devices was able to measure the energy expenditure accurately. In fact, the most accurate was found to be off by an average of 27% and the least accurate was off by about 93%.
What if your home scale told you that you were 27% heavier or what if your boss mistakenly decreased your pay by 27% of your annual income?! This error should not be taken lightly as consumers are basing life decisions using this data. People are over-consuming because of this. How do I know? BECAUSE YOU AREN’T LOSING THE WEIGHT DESPITE WORKING YOU BUTT OFF!
So, now what? What do we do if we can’t track how many calories we burned? How will you know what to eat?
Tip #1: Stop tracking the calories and start choosing the foods that are simply better for your body.
Tip #2: Learn mindfulness and get back to your roots by understanding your hunger and fullness cues.
Tip #3: Get a professional such as an RD to help you get through the noise and find that balance to help you hit your short and long term health and wellness goals.
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