Fitbit Versa 3: Can it actually help you lose weight?
Words by Steve Chalmers
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Can wearing a Fitbit really help you lose weight? EDGAR contributor, Steve Chalmers wore the ‘motivational smartwatch’ for a year to find out
When I stepped on my bathroom scales on the 1st of January 2020, I weighed in at 100.5kgs – well overweight for my 6-foot frame. I had a BMI of 30.3; 29.7% of me was fat and my visceral fat (the nasty abdominal stuff) was calculated at 20.5.
One year later and I now weigh in at 93kg, with a BMI of 28.1, 27% of me is fat and my v-fat has dropped to 17.5.
Now here’s the thing – I didn’t diet or visit the gym at all last year. No lettuce, no kale, no burpees. Quite the opposite, as I always started my day with a cappuccino and almond croissant and my weekends revolved around pizza and numerous Indian and Chinese restaurants. I didn’t count calories at all.
So, what did I do to lose 7kgs while essentially eating chicken tikka masala? Well, I just did stuff – lots of stuff, while monitoring my efforts with a Fitbit. I started with a Fitbit Ionic, before moving up to a Versa 3.