Are Fitness Trackers Accurate? Choosing the Right One

Peter Marino, CPT, CHC

Are fitness trackers accurate at calorie counting?


Do fitness trackers calculate calories accurately? Right out of the box, no fitness tracker is 100
percent accurate in counting the calories burned by physical activity. That's because calorie-burning depends on so many factors such as health, speed, body weight, height, physical strength, type of workout environment and other variables.


Studies show that different fitness apps deliver variable results. Stress, hydration levels, temperature, excitement, and other factors also impact the burn rate.1

Related: Exercise Enhancement Protocol

The good news is that fitness apps motivate people to get more exercise and burn more calories. Comparing your daily rate enables you to determine accurately whether you're burning more calories by the day, week, or month. Artificial intelligence, or AI, is used by many trackers to get to know your personal health habits over time, which improves calorie-counting accuracy. 2

How can I make my device more accurate?

So just how accurate are fitness trackers? One study found that none of the seven devices tested delivered accurate measurements of energy expenditure. They varied from 27 percent to 93 percent from the scientific readings that measured the body's chemical changes caused by calorie burning. 3 However, you can fine-tune your devices to make them more accurate. Check online reviews of your fitness tracker to see whether it overestimates or underestimates the number of calories burned. You can adjust your workouts accordingly. Check to see whether moving your arms excessively affects your calorie count too much and adjust your activity for greater accuracy.

Choosing an AI-powered fitness device can improve calorie-count accuracy over time, so you might want to invest in a device that learns more about you each day.

You can begin by entering all your personal information accurately in your device such as height, weight, health, and type of activity. Ideally, fitness devices monitored by a physician can provide a better picture of your progress in losing weight and strengthening your health. Fitness apps encourage you to become more active. When you engage in exercise, the heart pumps more blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the muscles.

For comparative purposes, most fitness trackers work well enough to determine whether you're burning more or fewer calories when you exercise. Just be consistent and accurate while trying to increase your exercise level a little each day.

How do I choose the right fitness tracker?

Choosing a fitness tracker depends on many variables that include design, price, accuracy, and features. Smart watches can sync to your computer or phone. It's important to know your current health and fitness level. If you're tracking your activity for medical purposes, you might want to consult your physician.

Beginners often benefit from using a simple step tracker that monitors physical activity throughout the day and estimates the number of calories burned. If you're into sports, bodybuilding or just keeping physically fit, you might want to choose a tracker with advanced features such as a heartbeat monitor. Swimmers might choose a waterproof wearable to measure their water-based activities. AI technology holds the promise of eventually providing the most accurate monitoring.

Do fitness trackers calculate calories accurately? That depends on your efforts and choice of device. Choosing the right fitness trackers depends on each person's goals, budget, personal preferences, and willingness to monitor their results daily. That said, a study showed the validation and reliability of different devices for different fitness measurements and found FitBit to be the most reliable, tested, and validated out of all the devices tested. But don’t take my word for it; here’s the link to the research study. 4

About the Author: Peter Marino, CPT, CHC, owner of Posh Fitnessgraduated from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training. He has also finished his Plan IV requirements and extensive study at Hunter College. Peter is certified as a Health Coach (ACE), Nutrition Specialist (CNS), a Golf Conditioning Specialist, a Kettlebell Instructor (by Kettlebell Concepts), and a MetaFit Trainer. Peter Marino has given interactive seminars on nutrition and fitness for healthcare clinics, Morgan Stanley, IBM, Alliance Bernstein and the Hotel Union of New York, where he has also provided one-on-one counseling. He has written for many journals, magazines, and websites such as: Swarm Knowledge, NYS Dental Journal (Ergonomics), Men's Exercise, and his own blog, PeterMarino.net, where he has written about strength training, nutrition, and science related topics.

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New Year’s Resolutions: Why We Make Them (And Why We Break Them)

Have you kept your New Year’s resolutions? If you’re like most of us, the answer is no.


We all want to live better, healthier lives and setting goals is an essential part of getting there. Yet only a couple of weeks into January, the majority of people who made resolutions have broken them.

In this interview, Michael A. Smith, MD, discusses New Year’s resolutions—failed and otherwise—with nutritionist Crystal Gossard, DCN, CNS, LDN.

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Why do we make New Year’s resolutions?

Humans like rituals, Dr. Gossard explained. The new year is the mark of a new beginning and people feel as though they have a clean slate. It’s a time to reflect upon the past year and make changes for the new one. “I think it’s a good thing,” she affirmed.

What are the top New Year’s resolutions?

A recent google search showed that the number one resolution is losing weight, which should come as no surprise. Losing weight is followed in popularity by the resolution to participate in more exercise. In third place is getting organized.

Why do we fail to keep New Year’s resolutions?

One reason people fail, according to Dr. Gossard, is because of unrealistic goals. Our goals need to be something that our minds can accept as attainable. Additionally, people may attempt to implement drastic solutions that aren’t practical to sustain long term, such as adopting fad diets or jumping into exercise regimens for which they may not be prepared.

According to one study, readiness to change, self-efficacy, employment of more behavioral strategies, less self-blame, and less wishful thinking were predictors of success at sticking to resolutions.1

Dieting can be tough because eating is not something optional that we can give up, like smoking. Fad diets are particularly problematic, because they can deprive people of the sensory component of eating. The variety, textures, flavors, and aromas of food are a pleasurable part of life and contribute to a large portion of the satisfaction eating provides us, beyond the alleviation of hunger and sense of fullness.

What is intermittent calorie restriction?

Calorie restriction is a technique that involves significantly cutting back the number of daily calories consumed, not only to attain or maintain a healthy weight but to lower the risk of chronic disease and potentially increase the chances of living longer. Rather than restricting one’s calories every day—which is challenging as a long-term practice—intermittent calorie restriction entails reducing calorie intake periodically rather than daily.

An example of intermittent calorie restriction is the 5:2 diet (also known as the 2:5 diet) which involves significantly reducing calorie intake for two days of the week and eating normally (but not pigging out!) during the remaining five days. Low-calorie days do not have to be consecutive and can be scheduled as convenient. Because there are only two days per week of low calorie intake, people don’t have to give up their favorite foods or customary eating rituals during the greater portion of the week. Unlike crash or fad diets that can cause a loss of up to 30% of muscle mass, intermittent calorie restriction has been associated with significantly reduced loss of lean tissue while providing similar fat mass reduction.2 The 5:2 eating pattern has also been associated with improvement in blood lipid levels.3,4

Why do exercise goals fail?

At the beginning of a new year, people often charge into the gym without any preparation. They can wind up with severe muscle soreness or even injuries. These unhappy results sometimes prevent people from carrying out their exercise goals.

Another reason people give up on exercise is a mistaken belief that exercise is all that’s needed to lose weight. While exercise is an essential component of good health and helps maintain muscle mass during weight loss, exercise alone may not be enough to budge the numbers on the scale.5 One’s diet needs to be considered, not only to reduce body fat but to ensure muscle growth.

Those who are considering embarking on an exercise program should, with the consent of their physicians, start with milder forms of exercise such as walking, and gradually acclimate to more vigorous regimens. Warm up with brief, nonstrenuous exercises and dynamic stretches before beginning a workout. Pay attention to the body’s signals, including pain, thirst and fatigue.

Dr. Gossard noted that a tart cherry supplement (especially when consumed in advance) is an excellent choice to help minimize post-workout muscle soreness.6 Glutamine and the amino acid leucine’s breakdown product HMB can also be helpful.7,8 These nutrients can be blended into a post-workout protein shake. Toss in a handful of fresh greens for an added nutritional boost and add carbohydrate-containing food like berries to help replenish glycogen stores which, when depleted, can lead to muscle fatigue.9

How do you get organized?

The creation of task lists can help improve organization in one’s own life and that of the people with whom we share our lives. There are also smartphone apps that can be downloaded to help people become organized. Learning to manage stress can also aid in regaining control of one’s life and immediate environment.

Being disorganized can be a symptom of stress–and stress can be caused by being disorganized. It’s a vicious cycle. Once people become organized, they find that staying that way is much easier and far less stressful than dealing with chaos and clutter.

It is possible to keep our resolutions if we form reasonable goals. The results that come with sustained efforts to honor to our commitments to ourselves will ensure that we stick to our resolutions throughout the new year and beyond. What were your New Year goals for 2019? Are you sticking to them? Let us know in the comments!

About Live Foreverish: Join Dr. Mike as he sits down with some of today’s leading medical, health, and wellness experts to discuss a variety of health-related topics. From whole-body health to anti-aging and disease prevention, you’ll get the latest information and helpful advice to help you live your life to the fullest. See the full list of Live Foreverish Podcast episodes, available on demand.

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The Best Way to Get Omega-3 While Avoiding Mercury

Holli Ryan, RD, LD/N

We know that fish is healthy, right? It’s a great source of protein, and some types of fish, salmon for example, contain healthy fats called omega-3 fatty acids.



Within the omega-3 family, there are healthful fatty acids, including the “long-chain” omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which have been shown in many studies to be important for good health.1

These long-chain omega-3s are “essential” because the human body does not efficiently derive these important long-chain omega-3 fats from other short-chain fatty acids, which are more common in the diet.2 Therefore, we must get these long-chain omega-3 fats from our diet and omega-3 dietary supplements. EPA and DHA can be synthesized to some extent from alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of fat contained in certain foods such as flax seeds, but due to low conversion efficiency by our bodies, it is recommended to obtain EPA and DHA from additional sources.1

Am I getting enough omega-3 fatty acids from fish?

Fish oil is a supplement that promotes heart and cognitive health, and its one that just about everyone needs to take because we don’t get enough omega-3 fatty acids from our diet. Not everyone likes fish, and even if you do, many are not eating fish as frequently as we would need to reach the suggested daily intake. Evidence indicates that most Americans do not have enough omega-3s in their blood relative to the concentration of omega-6 fatty acids, which can contribute to inflammatory processes. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids among people eating typical Western diets often exceeds a 15:1 ratio, whereas a target of 4:1, or even closer to 1:1, appears to be much healthier.3,4

How much EPA and DHA do I need daily?

Life Extension® generally suggests supplementation with about 1,400 mg of EPA and 1,000 mg of DHA per day in order to support healthy omega ratios. However, supplementation should be guided by blood testing to assess your omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. Consider the in-home test kit called the Omega-3 Index, which is a finger prick blood test that can give you your omega-6:omega-3 ratio and more.

Is it safe to eat fish?

Another factor that makes omega-3 supplementation appealing is that some species of fish, especially large predatory fish, contain varying degrees of methylmercury, whereas quality fish supplements are purified. For this reason, it is suggested to limit eating certain fish to once or twice per week in order to avoid ingesting heavy metals. Avoiding mercury is especially important for children and women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, because mercury can be harmful to brain health and development. Yet, omega-3 fatty acids support brain health. Resources are available to help consumers determine which fish tend to contain more mercury in comparison to other fish (see chart below).5


Do omega-3 fish oil supplements contain mercury?

High quality omega-3 supplements undergo rigorous testing to ensure they are free from contamination with heavy metals and other undesirable compounds. Look for a fish oil product that has earned an IFOS™ 5-Star rating, which is awarded only to those fish oil products of the highest purity and quality. When we hear the term “highly refined” in relation to food, it’s usually not a good thing; however, when it comes to fish oil supplements, a highly refined formula is desirable because it means that it’s free of environmental contaminants such as mercury. Quality formulas, such as Life Extension’s Omega Foundations® family of products, (including our comprehensive Super Omega-3 EPA/DHA with Sesame Lignans & Olive Extract) also pass the rigid testing standards established by USP (United States Pharmacopeia) guidelines for metals including mercury, lead, arsenic, and cadmium.

So there you have it —avoiding environmental contaminates, including mercury, is among the many reasons to consider supplementing with omega-3 fish oil. Have a question about fish oil? Let us know in the comments or give us a call at 1-800-226-2370 to speak with a Life Extension Wellness Specialist, free of charge.

About the author: Holli (Lapes) Ryan, RD, LD/N is a Social Media Content Specialist at Life Extension®. She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist residing in the South Florida area. Holli believes that quality dietary supplements are an essential tool that have a variety of applications from maintaining good health to managing chronic disease.


References:
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Machine Learning and Medicine: Is AI the Future of Psychiatry?

What Is the Future of Medicine?

Artificial intelligence, or AI is something we hear a lot about today. In this interview with Life
Extension’s Michael A. Smith, MD, Kristen Willeumier, PhD, provides some insight into AI technology and its relationship with psychiatry which, along with neurology, studies and treats diseases of the brain. Dr. Smith predicts that AI will soon be an important part of how we understand and treat disease. According to Dr. Willeumier, some of that technology is now “ready for prime time.” Download this Live Foreverish podcast episode for FREE on iTunes!

What is artificial intelligence?

Artificial intelligence is, simply, the intelligence of machines as opposed to human or animal intelligence. According to the New World Encyclopedia™, “Artificial intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science and engineering that deals with intelligent behavior, learning, and adaptation in machines. John McCarthy coined the term to mean ‘the science and engineering of making intelligent machines.’"1

How can artificial intelligence be used in psychiatry?

Dr. Willeumier served as director of research for the Amen Clinics, a group of mental and physical health clinics that treat mood and behavior disorders, from 2009 to 2016. The clinics utilize single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging of the brain to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.2

“For those of us who are in the field of psychiatry, we understand that the field as a whole has a lack of effective biomarkers, such as neuroimaging biomarkers and genetic biomarkers that help us figure out how to treat psychiatric disorders,” Dr. Willeumier lamented. “Many of the disorders are very complex and highly comorbid, meaning that anxiety and depression will go together, or you might have ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and anxiety. As clinicians, we’re faced with multiple treatment options. Because a lot of times the symptoms can cluster together, it can be very challenging to differentiate what type of disease someone has.”

Dr. Willeumier provided the example of traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder, which can have overlapping symptoms yet very different treatments.3 Artificial intelligence may become a useful tool to provide diagnoses in cases such as these.

What psychiatric conditions can AI be used for?

In people with depression, specific neurobiologic patterns in the brain are associated with different types of the disease. Different patterns necessitate different targeted treatments to get the best outcome. Machine learning can rapidly diagnosis the type of depression a patient may have and determine the treatments that are most effective for an individual. Neuroimaging data or clinical variables from patient reports provide data that can be analyzed by a machine that learns what patterns in the brain correlate with specific clinical symptoms and which medications are the best targeted treatments, which can eliminate the need for depressed patients to go through the process of trial and error to find out which treatment is best for them.

“Machine learning is designed to look for very specific patterns,” Dr. Willeumier explained. “When we use neurobiology and brain imaging to target treatment for patients with depression, we saw that there were various types. For example, if we saw increased activity in the anterior cingulate gyrus, we knew that those patients are probably going to respond best to SSRIs [selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors]. Alternatively, if we see low functioning in the prefrontal cortex and they have symptoms of depression, they might respond more positively to an SNRI [norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor].”

Alzheimer’s disease is another brain disorder that has benefited from AI. This progressive, devastating illness still can’t be diagnosed with certainty in living people and can only be verified during examination of the brain at autopsy. However, researchers are using brain imaging data to train machines to detect whether a living individual has Alzheimer’s disease and how it could progress.4 Data concerning sleep and movement patterns that are used to predict the risk of falls are now being analyzed for changes in movement that can predict Alzheimer’s disease, which needs to be detected early if available therapies that can slow its progression are to have the best chance of being effective.

Autism spectrum disorder is a condition that can benefit from machine learning due to its diverse clinical picture. Machine learning was able to detect autism with 81% accuracy in a comparison of neuroimaging results from 928 individuals diagnosed with autism and those of 100 healthy control subjects.5 This tool will enable brain scanning to be used in the provision of accurate autism diagnoses, which can sometimes take a year or more for a patient to receive. Early diagnosis can improve the quality of life for individuals with autism.6

Coming soon to a clinic near you

When asked “where we’re at” with this futuristic technology, Dr. Willeumier unhesitatingly replied, “This is ready for prime time.”

“AI is being used in multiple platforms across multiple diseases, and I think there’s a lot to be excited about,” she enthused.

Dr. Smith and Dr. Willeumier agreed that technology is all about improved outcomes. “I think we can harness the power of technology to help us live healthier lives,” Dr. Willeumier concluded.

About Live Foreverish: Join Dr. Mike as he sits down with some of today’s leading medical, health, and wellness experts to discuss a variety of health-related topics. From whole-body health to anti-aging and disease prevention, you’ll get the latest information and helpful advice to help you live your life to the fullest. See the full list of Live Foreverish Podcast episodes, available on demand.

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Is Superwoman Syndrome a Public Health Crisis? Interview with Integrative Physician Tasneem Bhatia, MD

Wife, mother, breadwinner, homemaker . . . today’s women juggle a number of different roles.

However, “having it all” — relationship, children, fulfilling career and more — can also mean having a few things you don’t want, such as stress-related illnesses.

What is superwoman syndrome?

“The superwoman syndrome, to me, is essentially a public health crisis where women are over-stretched, not connected to themselves, and are set up to catch or develop any of the major chronic diseases we see today, which include cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disease, obesity, hypertension . . . you name it,” explained integrative medicine physician Tasneem Bhatia, MD, in her interview with Life Extension’s Michael A. Smith, MD. “Women are really struggling, and they get there because of this mantra that we’ve just got to ‘power through.’”1-3

The good news is that you may not have to give up being a superwoman if you follow a few simple guidelines and stay connected to who you are.

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Is Superwoman a bad role model?

Look — up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!

Superman — iconic hero of comic books, movies and T.V. — is well known for his ability to charge forward determinedly above the crowds of the city on his latest mission, leaving onlookers in awe. "Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!"

Over the decades of the character’s popularity, it hasn’t been unusual to hear children say that they wanted to grow up to be like Superman — or Superwoman.

There’s just one problem, though.

Superheroes aren’t real and trying to be one can negatively affect health

And when men or women attempt to emulate this fantasy role model, they’re likely to crash and burn.

According to U.S. Department of Labor statistics for 2017, 70% of mothers with children that are under the age of 18 participate in the labor force, and more than 75% them are employed full-time.4 “I have been in my integrative practice for over ten years here in Atlanta, and I continue to be astounded and amazed by all the incredible women who are juggling and trying to put the pieces of their lives together,” Dr. Bhatia told Dr. Mike.

“The mantra amongst women today is ‘I just need to power through this.’”

“They continue to ignore their health signs, their mental health, their passions, their needs and their wants. At some point they get that ‘crash and burn,’ and it can come in different ways and different voices.”

Why did this happen to me? The moment of realization

When patients come to Dr. Bhatia seeking an understanding of how they arrived at their current health challenges, they often have an “aha” moment in which the nature of the problem and the need to pay attention to themselves becomes clear. The moment is so powerful, they find themselves wishing they’d had the revelation five or ten years earlier.

Dr. Bhatia knows this from personal experience. She experienced the superwoman syndrome in her twenties.

Those moments of self-revelation and understanding can result in greater energy and more power to bring to life all one wants to accomplish, according to Dr. Bhatia. “I really want women to be educated about this!”

Pay attention to yourself and your health

“Obviously, we can’t tell women to stop doing the amazing things they do,” Dr. Mike observed. “So, how we can help them attain their goals without neglecting their well-being?”

“The number one thing is for women to take the time to have a conversation with themselves, and understand their health and their chemistry,” Dr. Bhatia replied.

“I think the first step is reconnecting to yourself.”

She noted that women need to make time, even if it’s just five minutes, to forge that connection. Yoga, journaling, prayer or meditation are among ways of accomplishing this goal.

Rule number two is not to dismiss one’s symptoms. Fatigue, pain, crying spells and other symptoms can be body clues that one’s life is imbalanced. It goes without saying that one should seek the opinion of a medical provider when experiencing these or other symptoms.

Dr. Bhatia noted that many women need to find out what foods, exercises, supplements and sleep routines support them.

A third guideline, according to Dr. Bhatia, is to know one’s “power type,” a tool that is described in her book, The Super Woman Rx.5 These five whimsically-named female types are based on responses to a questionnaire formulated by Dr. Bhatia in order to help personalize and guide health recommendations.

From victimhood to empowerment: live smarter not harder

As a physician, best-selling author, international lecturer, acupuncturist, certified nutritionist, prevention/integrative health expert, mother and wife, Dr. Bhatia sounds a lot like a superwoman herself.

She believes that, rather being victims of the superwoman role, women can be empowered by it.

“I have more energy today, in my forties, than I did back in my twenties because I know how to care for myself,” she said.

“Put just as much energy into you as you do into achieving or caring for others to make sure you’re in this for the long haul.”

About Live Foreverish: Join Dr. Mike as he sits down with some of today’s leading medical, health, and wellness experts to discuss a variety of health-related topics. From whole-body health to anti-aging and disease prevention, you’ll get the latest information and helpful advice to help you live your life to the fullest. See the full list of Live Foreverish Podcast episodes, available on demand.

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