Adherent Use of Digital Health Trackers Associated with Weight Loss
Did you know that tracking health activities can affect weight loss? We know this topic may be top of mind for many. That’s why our Achievement data scientists took a deep dive to explore a positive association between activity tracking frequency and weight loss.
To conduct the experiment, our team looked at behaviors within the Achievement Community. Specifically, the team found a positive association between activity tracking frequency and weight loss. Users who logged food with a relative frequency ended up losing an additional 0.63% of their body weight relative to low frequency loggers.
The team looked at secondary analysis as well which included examining the “adherent”/”non-adherent” period of tracking. In short, they wanted to see how the consistency with which one tracked activities impacted weight loss. Our in-house data scientists define “adherent recording period” as a time interval containing recordings with no gap longer than 4 days between consecutive recordings, with the first and last recordings in the interval separated from the rest of the sequence by gaps longer than 4 days. Non-adherent periods are the periods between adherent periods and have gap lengths that are always longer than 4 days.
We found that adherent periods are associated with significantly higher weight loss than non-adherent periods across all activity types for the whole population, as well as for each gender analyzed separately.
On average, users lost an additional 2.74% of their body weight per month during adherent periods of weight tracking, 1.35% for food logging, and 0.60% for workout tracking.
*To read more, check out the research here.
Other Ways We’ve Seen Achievers Get Active*:
- Members are more active — 9% increase in daily steps
- Members are more engaged — 55% increase in days sleep tracked and 65% increase in frequency of weight tracking
*internal Achievement analysis
Remember, even if you don’t have a Fitbit, you can track your health with Apple Health on your iPhone or Samsung Health on your Android phone for free!