Calories play a big role in weight management. Our body only needs a specific
number of calorie intake to maintain our weight—eating more than
the needed calories can lead to weight gain. Your average calorie intake
depends on your personal data like age, weight, height, gender, and physical
activity. Keeping track of your calorie intake is a common way to maintain
or lose weight. However, taking fewer calories can be harmful to your
health. To measure and track your calorie intake and burning accurately,
having a calorie tracker can be extremely helpful.
We discuss some of the most popular wearable fitness or calorie trackers
that can be used to monitor your calorie intake and the calories you burn
Fitness trackers are wearable devices that calculate your physical activity
to see how many calories you burned for the day. Things like the number
of steps you took, workouts, and your overall heart rate are taken into
consideration to give an accurate calculation of the number of calories
Here are some of the fitness trackers that you may want to consider:
Fitbit: One of the most popular tech wear, Fitbit comes in different colors and
designs. Fitbit gives you many choices not only with its look but also
with health features that are most important to you. Most recent Fitbit
designs include heart rate monitors that are vital in calculating the
calories you burn. It monitors your heart rate even if you are at a resting
state, letting you track the calories you burn just by doing mundane activities.
Fitbit has ample battery life and takes only a couple of hours to charge,
making it an ideal all-day and all-night activity tracker.
Apple Watch: For iPhone users, Apple Watch is a great supplement to your built-in
Health App on your phone. Just like Fitbit, the Apple Watch tracks your
activities and heart rate to accurately measure the calories you burn.
However, unlike the Fitbit, Apple Watch only tracks your heart monitor
every 10 minutes unless the Workout mode is activated. The good thing
about the Apple Watch is it can give you reminders when you've been
in resting phase for a long time. This is helpful especially for people
who spends most of their days sitting in front of their desks.
Misfit Shine. This wearable tech has a sleek and minimalist design. Like the previous
trackers, Misfit Shine has multiple tracking health functions like steps,
distance, and sleep. As a calorie tracker, Misfit Shine has a unique daily
photo food journal where taking a picture of your food automatically logs
it in. Your food shots don’t even have to be Instagram-worthy for
the technology to recognize whatever you are eating!
Polar FT4. Unlike the previous devices, Polar FT4 is primarily used for heart rate
monitoring. This wearable tech boasts of the most accurate calorie counter,
OwnCal or Smart Calories. Since it is your heart rate that is crucial
to tracking your calories burned, Polar FT4 is the perfect device for
those who want less complicated devices. The Polar FT4 is also waterproof
so you can use it for water sports like swimming and surfing.
Calorie tracking can be a good strategy in weight management as long as
it is measured accurately.
This article contains general information about medical conditions and
treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as
such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis
of a physician.
If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should
consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.