How To Make Sure You Lose Weight With Fitbit
Are you thinking about using Fitbit to lose weight? If you’re comparing models, it’s important to know which Fitbit is best for weight loss and most effective for your lifestyle. Each model provides different features and there are pros and cons to each. So how do you make sure you lose weight with Fitbit and don’t pack on the pounds instead? There are a few different ways to make sure it happens.
Why Lose Weight with Fitbit?
There are dozens of activity trackers on the market. I’ve tested and reviewed many different brands. Some are great for tracking your athletic performance. Some are good for promoting good posture or better sleep. But Fitbit is my favorite for weight loss. The trackers provides several features that make it especially good for weight loss.
Use Fitbit for Weight Loss
If you want to lose weight with Fitbit, you’ll set up your dashboard properly and refer to it often. Each tile on the dashboard promotes good health, but there are a few that matter more when your primary goal is to slim down. Customize your dashboard to highlight these essential tiles.
- Food Plan. Use this tile to set your weight loss goal. You can decide how much weight you want to lose and how hard you are willing to work to reach that goal. Based on your goal, you are assigned a daily calorie deficit. Once this feature is set, you can check this tile throughout the day to find out how much you can eat to maintain your deficit.
- Calories In vs Out. This is the tile with the meter on the front. It tells you how many calories you have consumed so far in the day compared to the number of calories you’ve burned. At the end of the day, you want your meter reading to be in the middle green zone. So how do you make that happen? Make sure that you eat fewer calories than you burn. This creates a calorie deficit. When your calorie deficit matches the deficit required for your weight loss goal (set up in your food plan), then you’ll end the day in the green zone.
- Hourly Activity Goal. Use this tile to boost your metabolism. Check it throughout the day to make sure that you are moving around and burning as many calories as possible all day long. Need a reminder to get up and move? All of the Fitbit models provide reminders to move, except the Fitbit Zip. You can also use the Hourly Activity Goal to analyze the times of the day when you are likely to be least active. Set up activity dates during these times. Schedule a walk with a friend, household chores, or errands that require walking during these times.
There are other Fitbit dashboard tiles that can be helpful when you are trying to lose weight. But only add them to your dashboard if you will actually use the data. If you overwhelm your dashboard with tiles, numbers, and data that you are not likely to use, it makes the important information harder to find.
- The Sleep tile is a great tool for dieters who might skip exercise sessions because they are frequently tired. There is also some evidence that suggests that we make less healthy food decisions when we are tired and that getting enough sleep may help to balance our hunger hormones. You can use the data to make adjustments to your sleep habits so that your body gets the rest is needs to be active during the day and make diet-friendly food choices.
- The Recent Exercise tile will show you how close you are to reaching the exercise and movement goals you’ve set for the day or for the week.
- The Water tile is very helpful for dieters who tend to eat when they are thirsty.
- The Resting Heart Rate tile may be helpful for people who tend to eat in response to stress. If you find yourself heading to the vending machine or to the refrigerator when you’re not hungry, check your resting heart rate. It’s possible that you are feeling anxious or stressed. Then use the Relax app to calm yourself with deep breathing instead of food.
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