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My unique Fitbit./Bodymedia questions...

Friday, February 01, 2013

Hello everyone,

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

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    I just got a body bugg this week and I love it! I did some research too, and thought the body bugg was a better product.

    I also do not know the answer to your internation questions. I imagine you could contact the company about them before making a purchase.

    The Body bug tracks calories burned, steps and sleep - I have found it to be accurate this week. You track your nutrition yourself and it will figure your calorie deficit for you. Like the previous poster said: You enter your goals, and basic info about yourself like gender, weight and height, and it will give you calorie, and excercise minute goals.

    I have found it very motivating this week. I recommend it. :)

    Good Luck!

    1479 days ago
    I have a Fitbit, which I find very accurate, but I can't really answer many of the international questions. I got mine because I was doing everything I should, within all my numbers but I was gaining and losing the same five pounds over and over. I learned that with my PCOS my metabolism is slower than someone my age, weight, height, and activity level without PCOS.

    The way I use mine is that I use the calories burned as a baseline, then eat 500-1000 calories under that for a 1-2 pound weight loss. The fitbit only calculates the calories burned based on heartrate, not the calories eaten. You have to log the food you eat, just like you do now. I prefer the Sparkpeople food tracker because it has the ability to add food and has a MUCH bigger database. Since you can link the fitbit site to SP, they two work together and communicate with each other.

    My Fitbit is small enough that I can wear it all day. It holds a charge for 1-2 weeks at a time before needing charged.

    Tracking ST and yoga... I'm not sure about the yoga, but the strength training is very accurate. I usually burn 500 calories in a cardio workout. During a strength workout it is between 250-300 calories. The Fitbit tracks heart rate levels as fitness: sedentary is gray, lightly active is blue, more heavily active is yellow, and really active is pink. General walking is usually labeled in blue, strength training is yellow, and cardio is pink.

    I love my Fitbit. I know it isn't for everyone, but I really need the more specific data that it provides for me to make the changes I need to to keep losing weight. I know the Fitbit is less expensive than the Body Bugg and Body Media. Last I checked, the Fitbit was $99 and the others were around $150 plus the monthly fees. The Target in my area has the Fitbit Ultra, the previous model to the One, for $80.
    1479 days ago

    While I think the Body Bugg is a great tool that could help a person lose weight, I don't think you need one to lose. You've already taken off 70 pounds ! That says you are doing something right !

    A five pound per month weight loss is very reasonable. So, why aren't you losing ? It's hard to say. One reason might be stress. It strikes me that your lack of weight loss happens to correspond with the stress you've been having looking for work. I am a firm believer that stress is a neglected aspect of weight gain. If a person could reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline.

    There is a stress hormone called cortisol. There have been studies that have linked an increase in cortisol to an increase in weight as well as causing difficulties in people to lose. So, in theory, if you could reduce your cortisol levels, you might find your weight loss starts up again.

    Also, it's possible you've been eating too little for the amount of activity you do. Eating too little and exercising too much can hinder a person's weight loss, not help it. If you're going to increase the amount of exercise you do, then you need to eat to have energy.

    As an example, if you're eating 1300 calories a day and let's say you're burning 400 a day with exercise. That means your body is only getting 900 calories a day to perform ALL its vital functions. The more calories you burn with exercise, you the more deduct from that 1300 calories. So, there could be days you're only getting 700-900 calories a day. That's not enough to keep a grown woman healthy.

    Basically, you may be forcing your body to conserve fat instead of release fat. If you want to be able to release fat, you need to eat. So, on days you do intense exercise, you might have to eat 1500-1700 calories so that your body isn't starved of the nutrients and energy it needs to function properly.

    I'm one of those people who thinks a woman should eat more to lose weight.

    Just a few thoughts.

    Oh and I do have a Fitbit. You could think of it as a turbo charged pedometer, but it does a lot more. It's a handy little device which could help a person be more active. It tracks steps, stairs (elevation), distance, calories burned, etc. Is it accurate ? I'll let you know once I've done more testing. All in all, I think it's a cool fitness gadget.

    BUT, I also lost all the weight before I got it. How did I lose ? By eating right, watching my portions and getting some regular exercise. Some times, you do have to wait your body out.

    Instead of trying to lose weight, why not spend the next few weeks maintaining that 70 pound loss ? Give your body time to adapt to the new weight. After a few weeks, then you can think about losing again. a person shouldn't be on a permanent "diet". At some point, you're going to have to learn to eat at normal levels. You might consider having 1-2 days where you eat at maint calories instead of restricted calories. Some people call that calorie cycling. Does it work ? mixed opinions. It can't hurt to look at what other people have experienced.

    1479 days ago
    I have a BodyBugg. I don't know any of the international questions but I do know it has helped me greatly with my weight loss. A couple of things:

    -You do not need to wear it 23 hours a day, you just shoudn't wear it more than 23 hrs. Basically it needs to charge for at least one hour a day. I usually take it off when I go to bed.

    -The Bugg is highly accurate. The only issue I have run into and one of my friends has run into is that it doesn't track Spinning as well. And of course, whenever you do yoga, strength training, you don't burn as many calories while doing it but it is still beneficial.

    -It does not count calories as you consume them. You have to track your nutrition on their website and their database is not very big so most things you have to enter manually but it does save all of your foods.

    - You will input what your goals are and the Bugg will tell you what your deficit should be. If you want to lose 2 lbs a week, you need a 1000 calorie deficit per day and 500 per day to lose a pound a week.

    I think my best investment has been my digital scale and my BodyBugg. I began my journey on May 21st of last year. The first month I was working out twice a day and completely changed my eating habits. I lost 3 lbs. I got my Bugg at week 4 and lost 49 lbs over the next 7 months. You can visit my page and see my journey if it will help.
    1480 days ago
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