Can technology help me lose weight?

Author's Note

I suggested this article to my editor after I attended CES 2012. I saw more gadgets designed to track your physical activity that year than in previous shows. In 2011, I used a similar device to see what it was like. I found having access to the data about how many calories I was burning rather than consuming was really helpful. I lost weight as a result. It's possible to keep track of that information yourself with some discipline, but the electronics sure make it easier!

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