Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I was selected by Spark People to be a tester reviewer for fitness products from Best Buy. I was given two products to test and review, the fitbit ultra and a Perfect Portions food scale.
The fitbit ultra.
The product measures multiple fitness related activities and calculates them in the form of a graph. You download the fitbit programme to get started. The instructions are 42 pages in length which are best when printed out for reference. Some of the data has to be obtained from a third party source, blood pressure, weight and blood glucose values for example which are then manually input. There is a seven day free trial of a fitness programme which costs $49.00 which I have not explored. I have used the product for about ten days now and am still learning all it ins and outs.
When used to its full capabilities the fitbit ultra will provide and track a wide range of data which becomes a permanent record on your computer. It also provides instant current read outs of items which it is tracking with the push of a button. In addition to being continuously updated there are 14 apps which can be used in conjunction with the fitbit. The recorder is lightweight, unobtrusive and easy to use for its basic tracking information.
Due to the extent and comprehensive nature of the instruction manual some may find it has a long learning curve to master the full spectrum of its capabilities, apps and use. It requires a computer to input and record the information on a continuing basis.
The fitbit ultra while it may not work well for everyone it is a useful product for a specific profile of potential users. The product can provide both instant tracking and motivation for those who are oriented toward obtaining data to assess their daily activities and fitness progress.
Perfect Portions Scale:
A confession, I am a committed foodie who has used scales to cook with for many years. This scale has bells and whistles that will meet almost every real or imagined need a cook may have. The scale measures or evaluates ten different nutritional elements, calories, calories from fat, carbohydrates (in grams), protein (in grams), fat (in grams), saturated fat (in grams) fiber (in grams), sugars (in grams), cholesterol (in grams/milligrams) and sodium (in grams/milligrams). It weighs the amount of food in either grams or pounds and ounces. Consider it a built in nutritional label. It can be used to evaluate individual foods or entire meals. The scale uses tare weight to insure only the food being measured and evaluated is recorded. It comes with a complete instruction booklet and a booklet listing the nutrition scale, food code book. The scale runs on two AA batteries so it is conveniently portable.
The scale is easy to use, the displays are excellent and the information valuable for anyone tracking their food intake and nutrition. Rather than having to access multiple sources for the information it is all right at hand. In my opinion this is the ideal scale for anyone who wants to lose fat and maintain a healthy diet.
It is one more item to add to perhaps your already cluttered counter top. It has to be visible and easily accessed in order to get the full value of the information it provides. Out of sight may mean out of mind reducing the tracking what is being eaten.
This is a scale which everyone who is working toward fat loss should have and use. Those who simply tracking the nutrition of the foods they and their families are consuming will also find this an invaluable addition. In my opinion this is not a gadget, it is a needed kitchen tool.