These are the best weight loss accessories that you can buy to help you lose weight and keep it off in 2016. Simply buying a gadget will not help you lose weight, but it can deliver daily motivation and simplify your workouts, weight tracking and quantify your success.
We’ll focus on three main categories of weight loss accessories for iPhone and Android; fitness tracking, weight tracking and workout help. This is not a shopping list of magic weight loss accessories. It is a list of the best gadgets and add-ons we could find to help get in shape and stay in shape.
If your goal is to lose weight, you should not focus on exercise alone as this can quickly backfire when time is short or stress is high. A study found participants often lose more weight with dieting alone compared to exercise alone, but a combination is best. We’ll show you Android and iPhone accessories that will help you in both categories.
There are no shortage of weight loss accessories for iPhone and Android, which means we can offer several options across a range of must have accessories and fitness gadgets so that you can pick the one that fits your needs and your budget.
During 2015 I used several of these weight loss accessories with the iPhone 6s and recently the Apple Watch to lose 25 pounds.
Here are the best weight loss accessories you need to lose weight and keep it off in 2016, and a breakdown of why each one is important.
A smart scale that connects to your iPhone or Android is a good way to quickly track your weight and log it so that you know what direction your weight loss is going. Yes, you can step on any old scale to get an idea of how much you weigh and add it to a weight loss app like Lose It or MyFitnessPal, but with the a smartscale that connects to Bluetooth or WiFi you can automatically log your weight just by stepping on the scale each morning.
A recent study from PLOS One found that the more often a dieter weighed in the more weight they lost. Cornell highlights this study that found the longest you should go without weighing in is 5.8 days. Any longer and you run the risk of falling out of habits. Keep in mind that your weight changes throughout the week. Some studies indicate that you weigh the most on Sunday night and the least on Wednesday or Friday morning.
These small fluctuations during the weekends and day to day don’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but weighing yourself, and tracking it can help you lose weight. “The bottom line is: If you want to lose weight, it’s best to weigh yourself every day.” advises Brian Wansink, PhD, Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab.
If you need added motivation to get moving and stay active, you may want to add a fitness tracker to your life. If you own a smartphone made in the last two or three years, you’re already carrying around a fitness tracker that can deliver what you need, although not in the most wearable version.
Buying a fitness tracker alone will not make you lose weight, but it can keep you accountable to yourself or help develop friendly competition. You can join communities within a tracker and you can also compare with friends even when they use a different tracker.
During the last several months I’ve tracked my activity, received reminders to move when I am too sedentary and compared steps taken and other activity with my mom.
The biggest part of my weight loss journey is eating better, but working out is a key component that allows me to get through periods where weight loss slowed even with good eating habits and it helped build a better stress relief than eating bad food.
If you don’t love working out or running, I’ve found that having the right gear to help get through a workout is essential to sticking with a plan. With a great armband and bluetooth headphones I am able to easily get ready, get out the door and get some exercise.
Here are the best smart scales, fitness trackers and accessories you should check out in 2016.
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The Fitbit Aria Smart Scale connects to your WiFi network so that when you step on the scale it sends the data to your account where it can then sync to other fitness tracking apps. Like most of these options the Fitbit Aria tracks weight, body fat and BMI. The scale supports up to 8 users identifying them automatically when they step on to the scale.
You don’t need to use a Fitbit to use this scale, and it can connect into other apps to sync weight and body fat data.
Buy the Fitbit Aria Smart Scale for $129.99 at Best Buy and other retailers.