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The Best Fitness Tracker Watches For Weight Loss
If you have spent any amount of time looking for a fitness tracker, you will see that there are so many out there and it can be overwhelming to know where to start.
As a weight loss accountability coach I have used many fitness trackers over the years and so have my clients. I would actually say that my first fitness watch was a catalyst in me losing weight. I’m a numbers girl and I was so motivated by burning more calories than I had the day before, or in seeing how many steps I had in a day. When I first started my weight loss journey I was doing Weight Watchers, and having my watch to show me how much I had to work to burn X amount of calories was super motivating to help me make healthier food choices! I’ve used several watches over the last 10 years and I’ll share some of those with you.
So Why Would You Want/Need A Tracker?
There are several reasons you would want a fitness tracker. For some it’s to know that you are getting in your step count goal for the day, how many calories you are burning, a runner would like one to track distance and times, and some people set a goal of how many minutes each day to get their heart into their heart rate zone.
The reason there are so many different fitness tracker watches out there is that while many do the same things, some specialize in specific areas that others lack. For example, some are better for runners in their ability to track pace, mileage, and routes. Others are waterproof which a swimmer would prefer. Knowing what you are looking for will be your first step in helping you evaluate which tracker will be best for you.
Some people have said that fitness tracker watches aren’t accurate and therefore are a waste of money. And while I agree that they aren’t all the same quality and they may not be 100% accurate- I do know that if the same watch says I walked 8000 steps yesterday says I walked 10000 steps today that I got more steps in. Or If I burned 2000 calories yesterday and 2400 today that I have burned more. In the past many watches had to attach to a chest strap to get your heart rate but now you can find really good ones that do not need that.
Ultimately, I use a fitness tracker to motivate me to be more active which means I stay healthy and keep my weight where I want it to be. And it’s also fun for me to beat my personal goals. If you are a runner (which I am not) or an athlete there may be other things that the fitness tracker watch really does help you track and improve your performance.
Here Are A Few Highly Reviewed Fitness Tracker Watches:
1. Fitbit Charge 2 or Fitbit Inspire HR. I have had both of these trackers- the FitBit Charge for a few years and the FitBit Inspire HR for a weeks now. I love that you can change out the bands as well to make them look less sporty. This green one was my all time favorite band for the Charge 2 and I’m still looking for a new one for the Inspire HR.
The Fitbit Charge has a larger face and is a little easier to use because of that. One of the things that drew me to the FitBit Inspire HR was the smaller size.
The Inspire HR does not track flights of stairs, which is one thing I do miss as it was fun to add that into my daily goals.
The Fitbit Inspire HR is waterproof, which may be a huge win for some people.
I’ve noticed that the FitBit Inspire doesn’t turn on when I flick my wrist over, and the Charge did. That was nice, so I didn’t always have to click the button on to see the screen.
I feel like the FitBit Charge held the charge longer and am finding I’m needing to charge the Fitbit Inspire more often.
The Fitbit Inspire averages $100 on Amazon and the FitBit Charge 2 averages $115-$130.
Both watches sync with the app, which is a fun way to set goals and see your progress..
They both track sleep, weight loss/gain, your menstrual cycle, steps per hour challenge option, resting heart rate, heart rate minutes achieved daily, daily steps, total calories burned, and you can use it to track food and water.
Here is an example of goals being met with all my rings closed and green (and I had to choose one of my best activity days!) and then today’s where I have not yet met my step goal:
2. The Apple Watch. While I do not have the Apple Watch, my husband does. The biggest differentiator with this watch is that it’s a phone. I do receive notifications on my Fitbit, but I can not call from it. My husband has not had any problems with it, and it also tracks many of the same things that the Fitbit Charge and Inspire HR track. If you are a runner, you may enjoy the GPS tracking element.
They are always updating the Apple Watches, and when you look at the reviews here, you can see that it has 87% 5-star reviews out of over 1300 reviews.
The main con I had to the Apple watch is that it is a bit larger than I wanted. Some people also think it’s too expensive. I don’t like having access to a device at all times which was another turn off from this watch for me, but that is the exact reason many other people love it.
3. Garmin and Polar. These are the other 2 most popular brands I hear come up when looking at at fitness tracker watch. I’ve actually had the Polar f4 years ago and loved it. What I didn’t like was that you had to have a chest strap on with it to get the data you wanted. If you were a competitive athlete this really could be a great brand for you- but seeing as I just want to be healthy I didn’t like needing to wear the chest strap.
Garmin is a brand I have not personally used but is very well liked by many people. They have fitness tracker watches ranging from $50-$475.
4. Lets Fit Tracker is under $30 and has a 3.9 out of 5 stars with almost 2000 reviews. I found this watch in trying to find something that had great reviews at a lower price point than any of the above mentioned fitness tracker watches.
Now I have not used this one but it does seem to be a cheaper alternative that may be worth checking into. I may actually check one out for my 10 year old who has been wanting a Fitbit and I didn’t really want to drop $100 or so into one for him before I know that he’d actually keep it on and use it.
Based on the reviews this could be a great first fitness tracker watch for some of you.
My suggestion for any fitness tracker you are researching is to click on over to Amazon and then scroll down and read the reviews. You can also head on over to Youtube and get lost for hours watching videos reviews. (I know, I’ve done it!)
Know that at some point you will have to make a decision. I often recommend you set a time for an hour and then at the end of the hour just choose one. I have spent weeks researching fitness trackers in the past, and at the end of the day, I just had to choose one too. Just go with what you decide and then use that time you saved to research other things! (Like your meal plan, or exercise plan, or step away from researching and do something fun with your kids!) If you need accountability to reach your weight loss goals go here.
Once you get your fitness tracker watch, set it up and USE IT! Set some goals and commit to reach them. If you are new to exercise start out small and increase your goals weekly. You could simply start with having a goal to get 5,000 steps in a day and then work your way up so in 5 weeks you are at 10,000 a day. You can aim to get 30 minutes in your heart rate zone 3x a week and then work up to 5-7x a week. Look at your sleep habits and set a goal to get 30 more minutes of sleep each night. Have fun with it!
While this is a post about the best fitness tracker watches for weight loss, I’d like to remind us all that exercise alone is not the key to permanent weight loss. It plays a huge part in how healthy we are and how energized we feel, but we also must be conscious of what food we are using to fuel our bodies. More often than not our weight is just a reflection of things (thoughts/feelings/choices) we are not dealing with in our lives and are using food as coping mechanism to cover up. A step to get healthy will transform way more than your body- it will change your life. You are worth it.
If you already have a fitness tracker watch which one do you have and do you love it?