Fitness, health and data tracking wearables don’t just help you track your daily step count – a new study has found that wearing one can help people lose weight. We’ll help you find the best wearable fitness tracker for your individual needs.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in the US examined previous studies on the topic and concluded fitness trackers can help people shed pounds and reduce their body mass index (BMI).

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Wearables have come a long way over the past few years and do more than just remind you to move. From measuring your sleep stages to reminding you to build a personalised activity plan, here are the best to help you stay on course with your weight loss goals – whatever your budget…

Best wearable fitness trackers for all budgets

Huawei Band 4

Winner – best budget wearable fitness tracker

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This watch comes in three colours (black, pink and red) and with various watch faces, so you can change its style to suit your mood. The watch itself can help you detect the level of oxygen in your blood, and also prompts you with intelligent reminders if your heart rate exceeds the maximum average heart rate. It has a built-in USB plug so you don’t need to lug around a charging cable either.

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  • 【0.96" COLOR TOUCHSCREEN】HUAWEI Band 4 smart band activity tracker comes with 0.96" TFT color screen. The 2.5D display offers you with the stunning visual experience, engaging interface and smart...
  • 【CREATIVE BUILT-IN USB CHARGING】Free you from different cables and chargers. The built-in USB plug of HUAWEI Band 4 fits in general USB chargers so you charge it anywhere and anytime. 2 A single...
  • 【SMART HEART RATE TRACKING】Thanks to the professional optical devices, processing chips and AI algorithm, the HUAWEI TruSeenTM 3.5 monitors your heart rate with accuracy. It also provides...

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Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5

Runner-up – best budget wearable fitness tracker

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Mi Smart Band 5 is one of the best on the cheaper end of wearables, delivering all the core fitness tracking features you need, like 24/7 sleep and activity data, heart rate and GPS tracking. We also like that it pulls through smartphone notifications so you’ll never miss an important text or email.

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 XMSH10HM Smart Fitness Bracelet Black
  • Wireless communication technology: Bluetooth

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Fitbit charge 4

Best mid-range wearable fitness tracker

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This sleek band features built-in GPS so you can map your runs, sleep tracking, and an impressive seven days of battery life. As well as linking to your Spotify and pulling through your phone notifications, it also tracks your heart rate zones so you can tell how hard you’re working in your fitness sessions. It’s swimproof too.

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  • Compatibility: Compatible with iOS 12.2 or higher & Android OS 7.0 or higher
  • Built-in GPS: With built-in GPS leave your phone behind and explore the outdoors with pace and distance on your tracker and see a workout intensity map showing your route and effort in the app when...

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Polar Ignite Fitness Watch, £174.50, (polar.com)

Best high-end fitness tracker

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This watch is an investment, but if you’re serious about your fitness, it’s a reliable training companion. One of its key features is its ready-made, on-demand workouts that match your recovery and readiness based on your data. On top of the essentials, like daily activity tracking, steps and calories, the Ignite gives you detailed insight into your sleep stages and how well you recover from the day, during the night. Taking a holistic approach to fitness, we also like that the watch has breathing and meditation exercise to help you build mental resilience, as well as those physical gains.

Garmin Forerunner 945

Best expensive fitness tracker

Garmin Forerunner 945, Premium GPS Running/Triathlon Smartwatch with Music, Black
  • Premium GPS running/triathlon smartwatch with music
  • Download songs to your watch, including playlists from Spotify, Amazon Music or Deezer (may require premium subscription with a third party music provider)
  • Performance monitoring features include Vo2 Max and training status with adjustments for heat, altitude Acclimation status, training load focus, recovery time, and aerobic and anaerobic training...

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If you’re a data lover that’s got a big budget to play with, you might want to splash out on something more expensive, like Garmin’s newest Forerunner model. Made for runners, it’s got a built-incoach that creates adaptive training plans to suit your fitness level, helping you nudge your way to achievable goals. It also tracks a host of running metrics such as cadence, stride length, ground contact time and balance.

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