Friday, February 01, 2013
I have been using the spark people trackers both for nutrition and physical activity for the greater part of the three years that I have been on this website. I think they are a valuable service…but I am increasingly doubting their accuracy. I feel like I lost a majority of the 70+ pounds I have down when I didn’t track anything at all (the early stages pre-spark.) and when I track I constantly wonder if really the calories burned vs. consumed is way off. Now the loss is so slow.
I workout six days a week and struggle to eat more than 1300 calories a day, I escew flour and meat except seafood. I meet my protein requirements and just barely my fats but rarely get more than 110 grams of carbohydrates a day. My weight loss goal is 5 pounds per month. I mix up my activity one hour a day with: kickboxing, running, some circuit training, aerobics and sometimes yoga which I try to do 2 times a week for an extra hour.
Yes, I measure my food but I am not so good at that and my life/surroundings have me constantly traveling/living in different environments and therefore eating foods/brands of food that are very hard to track Sometimes my work schedule is has me on my feet and then at other points in my life I basically could sit all day if I wanted J Anyway here are my specific body media, fit bit questions. They are expensive so I need to know that they are worth the investment
I am naturally leaning more towards Bodymedia/Bodybugg because the Fitbit well…it looks like a glorified pedometer.
-The body media/bugg requires registration and membership to access data does one need to have their computer located in the US? I will always have a bank account and such in America but will likely be leaving yet again soon.
-what happens if either device messes up when I am not in the USA, will customer service be there?
-The body media and bugg require you to wear it 23 hours a day….LOL which hour does one actually take it off?
-How well does body media/fit bit actually track something not so cardio heavy like hatha yoga or strength training?
-Does either device actually count the calories as you are consuming them?
-Assuming that either one is accurate what sort of deficit should I hope to create from that number? It is totally possible right now that this is off for me given I am not gaining nor losing.
-Do you personally recommend the investment? How did it help or not help you? Staying on track is not an issue for me, getting results has been L