- 8 years ago
Never heard of it…what is it?
it’s odd how few people have heard of it.
used by all contestants on The Biggest Loser.
It is a sensor that you wear on your upper arm that counts your calorie burn per minute as well as a few other stats. Then you upload it onto a web-based program wherein you also journal your food intake. The web-based program not only counts your calories (as compared to your calorie burn…in line with the calories in v. calories out), but it also keeps up with all of your nutrition (the carbs/protein/fat percentages as well as your intake of all of the nutritional items on a based nutrition label).
Like any program, it has its pros and cons. I try to use it in conjunction with WW, although it gets difficult to double-journal sometimes. But it certainly has its strengths and fills in some blanks that WW doesn’t address.
I wish I had one!!!! They’re darn expensive though!
It’s too pricey- I use “Cardio Trainer” app on my Droid. It’s free andis pretty cool!
I had one and used it for about a month. It was pretty great, but I got VERY self conscious about wearing it. It’s kind of bulky and you can’t hide it very well.
I looked into it but opted for the more affordable Polar heart rate watches because they’re a lot slimmer. It has a calorie burn counter, too, and i use DailyBurn to input what i eat–which in turn makes pie charts out of protein, fat, fiber, and calories to help me meet goals
I have one (…er two since I accidentally took the other in the shower and broke it). I used the first one for 2 months and it worked wonders for me. It was nice seeing how much calories I burned for each activity and in combination with a daily food log, I lost a steady 2 lbs per week. I used to follow the calorie burn count provided by the treadmill or elliptical machines. Using the bodybugg made me realize that those counts are waaaay off, which are similar to the ones you can look up online. I bought a second one immediately after I got engaged but didn’t start actively logging food until months later so I had little results. As it turns out food, not the lack of activity, is my culprit.
It has been very helpful for me especially this last Thanksgiving week. I managed to still burn my required calories just from doing chores, holiday cooking and sight-seeing with visitors. It left me less guilty about not making it to the gym. I also tend to eat my treats at the end of the day. I decide whether or not to have one depending on the amount of calories I’ve burned for the day. It’s been very helpful for me. There are probably cheaper alternatives available in the market, but this one works for me.
My mom got one but decided not to use it. She gave it to me and I haven’t tried it yet.
I’m mostly worried about the fact that you have to wear it all the time and it would be bulky. Most of my shirts/sweaters fit slim through the arms and I don’t want all my coworkers to know I’m watching my weight or have to field a bunch of questions.
I am doing WW (and have done it in the past successfully). Maybe I’ll try it this weekend though. I’ve always been curious how many calories I burn at the barn and horseback riding.
I’ve never been self-conscious about it at all, even when I wear it with sleeveless shirts. Occasionally I’ll have someone ask about it, but I just tell them it’s recording my calorie burn. no big deal.
I just hate that it doesn’t take into account all of the other things that affect your weight loss….water, time of consumption, etc. It seems like I have to burn way more than 3500 calories just to lose a pound, and I know I am entering my calorie intake accurately.
@msnelson13: I am not self-conscious about it either. I’ve also worn mine for so long I don’t even feel it anymore, hence why I sometimes accidentally take it with me to the shower. I even sleep with mine. I do sometimes get questions about it, and I say the same thing you do. Most people think it’s cool or recognize it from the Biggest Loser.
This second time around, I noticed that I have to work harder to burn more calories. What I use to burn doing 30 minutes on the treadmill is far more than what I burn today at the same speed. I realize that my body is becoming more efficient at burning calories so I have to work harder. I think it’s a good thing for my health, but not so good for making my weekly goal. Without the bodybugg, I would be slower at recognizing my body’s efficiency and would continue to workout at the same pace until I hit a plateau.
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