If you have firmly decided to lose weight, then weight-loss gadgets are just what you need! We are not going to describe such things as a talking plate, or a smart fork or a pig-shaped refrigerator lock for losing weight. This all is useless and pointless. In our review, you won’t find any “magical wands” which would help you lose 10 kilos in a month or get a six-pack without working out. However, we WILL tell you how the following devices as smart scales, fitness and weight-loss trackers could help you lose weight. All of these devices can contribute substantially to losing those extra kilos. The primary rule is to use them properly and to know their competitive edges.
- Fitness trackers
- Smart Scales
- MiCoach Tracker
- Electronic analyzer bottle
- Weight-loss trackers
- xBox Kinect console
Fitness bands are probably the best known and most popular health gadgets nowadays. They are indeed convenient: you get a step counter, a heart rate monitor, a body temperature monitor and even a mood sensor. How does that help you lose weight though?
1. YOU MOVE MORE. The most basic option that is available even in the most ancient fitness bands is a step counter. The motion sensor keeps a record of your personal activity continuously (i.e. 24/7). It detects how much you walked on your way to work, whether you moved around much in the office, did you go jogging in the morning and in the evening… This smart device analyzes the obtained data and recommends how much more you should walk to be of your dream weight. All you have to do then is to obey this interactive coach and start walking more.
2. COUNTING THE CALORIES. Most of the modern trackers have the option of counting the calories burnt. Some of them cope with this task better than others. The scheme of counting is the same everywhere, though: at first you input some info about yourself (such as your weight, height and age) in the database. Then, on this basis the device analyzes all of its owner’s activities during the day. After that, you get a detailed report containing information about the calories burnt during the day and about possible consequences of this on your shape.
The ability of a tracker to identify different types of activities, such as walking, working in an office or training of various levels of difficulty is crucial. Jawbone UP 3, HTC Grip (which can even recognize rope jumping), Basis Peak all have this option. Trackers with a built-in heart rate monitor have a certain competitive edge: analyzing the heartbeat helps identify the amount of burnt calories much more precisely. However, be aware that having a heart rate monitor will have a considerable impact on the price of this gadget. It can’t be the other way around for you have to pay for precision…
3. WATCH YOUR DIET. Okay, you have calculated how many calories you have burnt. However, there’s no point in this if after a hard day of working out you have 5 burgers and a large pack of French fries for dinner. The solution to this problem has already been invented, and many fitness trackers already have an option of counting the calories you intake. With the help of some special apps, you’ll be able to keep a diary of products consumed and even get a professional dietician’s advice.
Fitbit Charge, Jawbone UP 3, UP24 and even a cut-rate priced Fitbit Flex all have a consumption diary. So does Misfit Shine, which also is waterproof and can be used a swimming fitness tracker. We shall also note the ability of some devices to report the amount of calories in some products by their barcode. These devices also work in local markets as they are able to calculate the calories of national dishes and products.
Let’s say a couple of words about smart watches. We can’t lose the sight of smart watches – at least those the functionality of which strives to reach the level of fitness gadgets: those are tuned distant cousins of fitness trackers. Such are the models Fitbit Surge, Wellograph, and Nike+.
Let’s take a closer look on one of the most appropriate for sports models of smartwatches, – Nike + SportWatch GPS for $149.99. This watch is an attempt of an interaction between a gadget and… the running shoes of a famous manufacturer. It stimulates the customer to jog regularly and has the basic functions of a step counter, a lap counter, and a calorie tracker which works with any type of shoe.
Nike serves a personal coach for those who want to lose weight: it compares the results of the previous and the following runs, gives advice, recommends on how to run properly…. By the way, this device even takes into account the landscape changes, and a GPS module helps you monitor the real efficiency of your runs.
With the help of such gadgets, you’ll be able to switch from walking around the city and dieting to becoming a local Usain Bolt! Of course, you will hardly be an Olympic champion, but you will most likely improve your health and shape.
What is the difference between a smart scale and a regular one? First, the former recognizes its owner and can tell other family members apart. Second, just like any other smart device, this one is easy to sync with your smartphone and keeps track of your weight changes. Third, it has a number of special options and services which we will cover below when describing the most popular models.
Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale
Fitbit is one of the world leaders of health gadgets production. This American manufacturer has introduced smartwatches, Fitbit fitness trackers, gym and sports equipment. They also make very good smart scales, such as Fitbit Aria.
This gadget is distinguished for its weight measurement accuracy and the ability to calculate the percentage of fat in your body; in addition it can calculate your personal body mass index. In general, this data will be enough for designing a physical activity schedule for the Fitbit owner. The body mass index, by the way, is used by coaches and dieticians when they assess their clients’ health.
Apart from giving complete information about your weight, this gadget also keeps a record of your achievements, gives advice on improvement and even supports and motivates you.
Nevertheless, this scale is not recommended for pregnant women, children and those who have cardiovascular diseases as the percentage of fat tissue is measured by slight electric shocks on your skin which may lead to health problems. For those of you who don’t have any contraindications and who are ready to spend from $129 on this Amazon.com’s best selling product, the manufacturers promise a high-quality, useful home device.
Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer
It is another super popular smart scale model. Here it’s got a body mass index monitor, a patented body position detector, an analyzer of the fat tissue percentage and a heart-rate monitor. This scale can also evaluate the quality of the environment by measuring the temperature outside and the air pollution.
Unlike its rivals, Withings WS-50 can transmit the data not only via wi-fi, but also via Bluetooth. This scale can work in a regular or in a sports mode.
How does it detect the percentage of fat tissues? The same was Aria does. Withings claim on their website that the scale gives off a light electric impulse which is then interpreted and given your height, age and gender the device is able to output a result.
Withings also have their own app, Health Mate, which helps you view all of your weight data right on the screen of your smartphone. The app is compatible both with Android and iOS systems. Not only this app can output the data obtained from the scale, it can also serve as a step counter. All of these functions are worth paying for, this smart scale costs $149.95 Check the current price
And now let’s turn our attention to gadgets which virtually have no similar rivals, such as a Hydro Coach smart bottle. In order to lose the extra kilos not only you have to eat properly, but you also have to drink properly.
Sportline HydraCoach Intelligent Water Bottle is the official name of the project. The bottle itself comes with the app under the same name compatible with Android and iOs platforms. According to the HydroCoach’s developers’ idea, this bottle is to be at your disposal all day long, you’re supposed to drink from it during the workouts, at home or in the office.
What can this Intelligent Bottle do? With the help of the app, the device will calculate your personal rate of fluid intake per day. After that HC tracks how much water you actually drink per day and whether you do it right – as in the volume of your intake and the frequency. You know, drinking the daily requirement of water in two minutes cannot be really called healthy hydration.
Why is proper drinking essential for losing weight? Firstly, the water accelerates metabolism in the human body. You will recycle received calories and toxins faster and all the harmful substances will leave your body sooner as well. Second, the food aids digestion: drinking half an hour before a meal and an hour after it is strongly recommended by dieticians and nutrition specialists. Moreover, the water cleanses the body, overrides the feeling of hunger, moistures the joints, strengthens muscles and does so much more. But in order for all these perks to work you have to know your personal rate norm of fluid intake and drink liquids accordingly at regular intervals. This is when the HydroCoach comes to help.
HydroCoach also keeps a diary of your hydration, the same way fitness trackers keep a calories diary. The smart app will point out a user’s mistakes and flaws will help you adjust your daily routine so that your water intake stimulates achieving your initial aim, i.e. losing weight! The manufacturer assures that both the gadget and the software were designed with the guidance of the leading dieticians and fitness coaches of the USA. The name of the first interactive bottle in the world is justified simply not only by the connection to the smartphone, but also by a small digital screen with which the device is equipped. This screen shows the main statistics recorded by this product.
Is it worth its price? It costs $22.21 on Amazon.com. This isn’t very expensive, but Amazon users don’t appreciate the benefits of HydroCoach very (it is rated 3 stars out of 5). The lack of automatic notifications about the necessity to drink a cup of water (there is not even a sound notification!) and the LED screen is known to glitch. However, to each his own, and so, read other Amazon customers' reviews and decide whether you personally want to purchase this smart bottle.
While HydroCoach will teach you proper drinking habits, this thingie will teach you how to run properly, to run in such a manner which would not do harm to your help but will help you lose weight and gain some muscles instead. The device is aimed at the beginner runners.
Basically, Micoach Pacer is a tuned fitness tracker which tells you how to work out properly. Simply put, this is a tracker which talks to its owner with the help of the earphones plugged in.
The tracker itself can be fixed on the seam of your pants just like an Apple iPod Shuffle. It comes with a speed tracker, heart rate monitor and all of the necessary cables. The heart rate monitor is really interesting as it is fixed on your chest (which is quite a novelty for fitness gadgets). You can plug in the earphones into the jack and listen to the gadget announcing your speed, the quality of run and the distance you covered. Though, the most important thing is not the gadget’s ability to monitor the runner’s data but to give some recommendations.
You might sarcastically ask, “Why do I need this tracker? Can’t I simply go jogging?” Really, professional advice is essential. Try jogging in the morning. What will be your speed? How will you know when to stop: after feeling slight fatigue in your legs or when you’ll be about to fall down? Such a random approach is actually very hazardous to your health. The improper technique and wrong running conditions will lead to some serious injuries.
Just like any other quality tracker, this product by Adidas can be connected to a smartphone and has an Internet connection, keeps a track record of your results and has a smart app. What is important is the fact that among others, there is a weight loss mode, which was not found in other classic fitness trackers.
As for the advantages of the device, we have to mention that the heart rate, step counter, and other sensors’ reports are extremely detailed. GPS module is also available: how can you do without it when it comes to fitness trackers for running? Speaking about the disadvantages, we’ll point out the weak battery and poor cold resistance.
Other than that, this is a budget and open-minded device: its manufacturers update the software quite often, the gadget may be connected to other manufacturers’ heart rate monitors and step counter, though they claim that they are not responsible for any flop which may come up consequently.
The price for the basic supply of Adidas MiCoach Pacer Bundle is $77, 00 at a discount. Its Amazon rating is 4 stars out of 5. The customers’ feedback is also positive and joyful, which may be either because of the gadget’s real benefits or because of the wow-effect inevitably caused by the Adidas brand name.
The society views a typical gamer is an overweight dude who lies on the couch 24/7 in front of a screen and plays video games with the help of their favourite console. xBox manufacturers decided to refute this stereotype and launched a whole range of sports products. Their virtual workout systems and active game play help you lose weight while playing!
The manufacturers have long been keen on sports and have already launched a dozen of simulators where the gamers may appear as boxers, runners, javelin throwers, etc.
What sports novelties have xBox introduced recently? A well-known project xBox Kinect Training devoted to losing excessive weight was one of them.
The idea goes like this: a tanned jock with a pleasant voice appears on the console screen before you. Your virtual coach will enquire what his master’s goals are for working out, he will then think a bit and start showing you some of the pro exercises. Your task is to repeat them and follow the directions of your “genie in a bottle”. Each squat or stretch is worth a certain amount of points. At the end of the workout, when you’re all in blood, sweat, and tears, your virtual personal coach will calculate the load, the number of successful bends, push-ups and leg swings, will come to a common denominator and on the basis of all that will come up with a fuel print quotient which is a detailed indicator of all that you’ve accomplished.
After that you’ll be able to make your final choice and decide whether you will follow this workout program and go on the next day or you’ll throw away the CD with this software and run to your nearest McDonald’s to have some burgers. The point of this software is that it’s not going to be easy: although your coach is virtual, he is very demanding, so you’ll literally have to work your behind off.
By the way, despite the difficulty of the workouts, the project has a good rating on Amazon, 4.2 stars out of 5. Kinect Training for xBox 360 costs $18.71 at a discount Check the current price
Weight loss trackers are gaining popularity on the US market. What kind of gadgets are they and how will they help us all lose weight?
They analyze the muscle to fat tissue ratio in your body. This suits those who have already lost the excessive weight and decided to bulk up a bit and make their body look more aesthetic or those who are still in the course of losing weight. The former people will have a real opportunity to see fat leaving their body, and the latter deceive themselves by thinking that they are slim, but they weigh much because of alleged muscles and bones, apparently. With the help of the bio impendence technology the “body fat analyzers” scan its owner’s body and output all of the statistics as percentages: how much fat and muscle there is.
Today there are two types of “fatness trackers” on the market. The first one is manufactured by Omron (the same company which produces the smart scales).
Omron Body Fat Loss Monitor looks like a bicycle wheel or an aircraft helm. You have to grab both sides, hold on tightly and feel the electric impulse run through your body through your palms. Omron device and all the similar ones will output the final results after matching the obtained data with your age, height and weight, your physical condition (a sports mode is designed for the jocks and the normal one for those who are losing weight). This product doesn’t cost much ($31.48) and its error is alleged to be in the range of 2-5%.
The second type of “body fat analyzers” was launched by the Skulpt Aim Measures Body Fat Percentage and Muscle Quality developers. This analyzer is supposed to be placed on the muscle the fat tissue of which you want to analyze. This is a more tuned and professional devices which suit beginner bodybuilders rather than other people. While Omron analyzes your whole body, Skulpt Aim examines particular muscles and gives more detailed statistics on those.
This device with much detail will cost $199.99, but, according to the Amazon customers’ reviews, it is worth it. The users note that this device is perfect for motivating constant physical activity and is simple and easy to use. Many of them even advice that «The shower is a great way to use it since you are already wet and they have a setting that lets you capture all the muscles you are measuring at once» You’ll find more helpful tips on Amazon.com
When we decided to devote this review to this subject, we expected to find much more extraordinary and effective fitness devices. Nowadays there is a demand for a healthy lifestyle in our society, and the wearable gadgets market expands on a monthly basis… Despite this, most of the devices that we’ve tested turned out to be unfinished, flawed or useless. Only those which deserve your attention made it to our review.
Perhaps the time of perfect weight loss gadgets is yet to come, and they only ripe in the industry giants’ labs. At the moment, though, this is all we’ve got. We’ll be genuinely happy if you will control your weight with the help of the devices described.