Sunday, March 29, 2009

3 New Tricks to Lose Weight: Track Every Step, Measure Every Calorie

I was contacted by Sari Harrar, a health/medicine journalist for OPRAH Magazine, for comments on if the GoWear Fit might help people lose weight.  I have been using the Body Media Sensewear Armband for a number of years and it is the parent company of their commercial unit GoWear Fit.  We had a great discussion and here is the article that was posted online earlier this month (my comments are the concluding remarks).

Exercise researcher Stephen Yang, PhD, an assistant professor of physical education at State University of New York College at Cortland, says this innovative armband takes the guesswork out of one side of the weight loss equation. "Until recently, mainly research labs used devices that measured calorie burn this way," he says. "Seeing the numbers can be a real motivator and will help keep you from missing workouts." Use the GoWear Fit to figure out how much additional activity you need to burn an extra 500 calories a day. If you keep up that effort, you should drop about a pound a week.

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