Technology

Fitness Trackers Accused Of Overestimation Of Calories

Fitness trackers help a lot to keep up with how much progress one is making. It gives a detailed report of how much calories are burnt during work outs. It sounds like quite an effective tool, maybe I should get one. However, reports say that the figures shown are ‘gospel’. The calibration embedded in the devices seems to be off. Researchers at the Aberystwyth University conducted tests on various fitness trackers to confirm the story. Their results pointed out that some of these devices are off by as much as 50%.

This is such bad news to users that have been using the technology. Some people build whole fitness schedules around their fitness trackers. Saying, ” I have to burn 100 calories today!” Much to their disappointment. During advertisements, the technology is praised to have been developed by experts and tested by athletes. Is this all a lie? The research results bluntly indicate this.

Overestimation of calories is quite dangerous if you think about users following a diet. Some people get fitness advice from doctors, fitness doctors. We have all heard of them, sometimes they may prescribe a certain exercises of advice on how many calories to burn. Hence, such measurements should be absolutely accurate. Fitness trackers should be dependable to the point of perfection since it is about someone’s health. There are things you shouldn’t play with in this world. People’s health is in bold letters on that list.

The few times I have gone to the gym, there are treadmills that count how many calories one has burnt. I ran for only 5 minutes, and supposedly burnt 100 calories. I had felt so good about myself then, now I think I should ask the instructor about the calibration. Companies that develop this technology should be able to promise efficiency. If not, we’d rather ditch the device. There is no value in lies. Maybe if you are willing to interpret 100 calories as 50 calories on the fitness tracker as of today.

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