I waxed lyrical for some time about the Apple Watch and the fitness capabilities that it offers. I stand by that opinion, to a point, but have realised that the disconnect between the tracking and the user is quite substantial. This is not a fault of the Apple Watch, it is just the way it is.
I reverted back to a real watch and lost 16lbs in weight in the past 6 weeks. On a particularly hot day I realised that I was struggling to do a lot and then caught a glimpse of myself in a shop window and was stunned into doing something about it.
After 6 weeks of eating healthily and carefully choosing foods I feel a whole lot better. I can do 100 press-ups without too much stress again and 100 sit-ups straight after. 6 weeks ago 10 press-ups felt like incredibly hard work. I feel lighter, have much more energy and there was not a fitness tracker in sight.
I am now wearing a Fitbit Charge 2 to calculate my heart rate, my weight loss through the Aria scales (not convinced by that particular device by the way) and to see how much I am moving on a daily basis. My average steps before were approximately 5,000 per day, but they are now 15,000 and that step change came about not through stats or alerts telling me to move, but by getting a shock and deciding to move more.
Of course fitness trackers are far from pointless because they can give you motivation, keep your mind on the task at hand and do offer a raft of benefits, but nothing comes close to just wanting to lose weight and get fit. If you really want something it is easy, but if you don’t want it a fitness tracker can actually work negatively. It can lead you into a false sense that you are getting fitter when the reality is that all you are doing is looking at numbers and then eating a cake.