Staying fit is the goal of many around the world. Everyone wants to eat healthily and stay fit for the rest of his life. To achieve this goal, humankind has been developing methods so that the people can stay fit. You can go out and take whatever kind of DVD you want for making whichever part of your body healthy and fit. With the advancement of technology and discovery of internet, everything has become even easier, and almost everything is one click away from you. If you want a tracking device or any tool that will help you out for looking out your weight is just one smartphone app away from you. These tools are not only helpful for building endurance but also to lose weight. If you are a little bit more curious and obsessed about your routine, you’ll find devices and tools across the internet which can track everything from your calorie intake to your sleep schedule.
Good or Bad
However, everything comes with its own good or bad consequences; so much of tracking your life can be too much for some people. Keeping track of your life is sometimes healthier, but at times, it will bring out the worst in us, for example, it might bring out your obsessive-compulsive nature where you have to think about everything before going ahead and doing it. Let’s take an example of you going to a restaurant and every single ingredient from your salad, or smoothie and finding it online about the ingredients present in it. You’ll get to know the reality of the amount of ingredients in the food, and you might even take that tablespoon of almonds in your smoothie even after knowing that it will increase your calorie intake. What happens next – you keep thinking about that full tablespoon of almonds even during nights, that can’t be a good thing. According to research published in a renowned Journal, too much tracking can disrupt your long term goals of losing weight. It may not make any sense, but the reason can be found below.
The Curse of the Nudge
According to another study in which 471 adults participated from ages 18 to 35 years and were kept under study for over two years and were assigned to wear technology devices which will keep track of their weight loss regimen. The researchers were surprised because results were against expectation the participants who wore technology devices lost less weight than who did not.
Why are trackers not helpful?
Trackers are designed to help people, but at times, they can be a real pain because they can become unfavorable. These gentle reminders can be discouraging because of various reasons like when someone keeps nudging you about the efforts you don’t put or the things you don’t do you won’t become his fan. Another aspect of getting discouraged by trackers can be the fact that they are not human and they do not consider if you are going through a rough time in your life or not, they will only remind you of the efforts you’ll have to make during a day or to take extra steps.
However, sensible use of these trackers can make a person’s life easier instead of difficult.