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ELIVINGSTONTX's Photo ELIVINGSTONTX Posts: 144
7/22/13 11:35 P

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Sherry,

You do that too? I thought I was the only numbers junkie. It can be very motivating.

I also check it before I eat supper. It shows me my carb / protein / fat ratio. I'll choose my evening meal based on what macro nutrient is lowest. Tonight was all about increasing protein w/o increasing carbs. So I had an omelette make with 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites with a little spinach and a tsp of parmesan sprinkled on. Very filling, high in protein, low in fat.

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7/22/13 9:52 P

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In addition to what was said below, I love that it calculates the calorie deficit for you. I check my numbers in the evening and if I am not going to hit my calorie deficit goal for the day, I take a walk/jog or hop on the bike to burn those last few calories. Before, I would have just hopped on the couch to watch TV and not thought about it. I am motivated by numbers, so I love checking my stats throughout the day. I have had much more success with my BodyMedia band than I did with SP alone. I have found it integrates wonderfully well with SP too.

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JAMIELOGICAL's Photo JAMIELOGICAL SparkPoints: (46,244)
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7/21/13 8:36 A

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Yes, you can link up your BodyMedia and SparkPeople accounts. When you do so, the BodyMedia site automatically sends all your fitness minutes and calorie burn info to your Fitness Tracker here on Spark, so I now only ever log my Strength Training through the SP website. When you log your food here on SparkPeople, there will be a button at the bottom off your Nutrition Tracker page to submit your calorie intake info to BodyMedia, so you don't have to log your nutrition in both places.

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JENNIFERWHITMER's Photo JENNIFERWHITMER Posts: 518
7/20/13 11:48 P

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Do they work well with sparkpeople? Meaning does the device interface with spark people so I don't need to double enter? Which ones do you use?

I know this makes sense that the tools are more accurate. There are days doing Jillian Michael's body revolution, I know I burn more than the estimate based on my own perceived exertion. And I'm sure I burned less mowing the lawn.




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ELIVINGSTONTX's Photo ELIVINGSTONTX Posts: 144
7/20/13 10:53 P

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The exercise you enter through spark people are estimates based on averages for many people. They don't take into account variation in size.

For example I am 5'0". My husband is 6' 3". We both have body media bands. We take the same class at the gym side by side. He burns 750 calories, while I burn only 450 calories. Spark people probably would have told us both it was a 600 calorie class.

Besides difference in overall size, my husband's job has him up and walking about all day. I'm in a chair in front of a computer all day. His metabolism will be higher overall from the activity. Whereas my metabolism is only going to be just above sleeping because of the sedentary nature of my job.

The media bands counts what YOU actually burn throughout the day and the quality of your sleep at night. It takes all takes all the guess work out of the equation. I found greater success and more realistic calorie burns using this tool. I've lost 50 lbs in the past year.

I hope this helps.

Edited by: ELIVINGSTONTX at: 7/20/2013 (22:54)
Elizabeth
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The main benefit is getting a much more accurate picture of how many calories you truly burn throughout the day. Heart rate monitors only work accurately for estimating calorie burn when you are actually exercising intensely. They become much less accurate when you are doing light activity or are at rest because the algorithms they use to estimate calorie burn rely on actively working large muscle groups. If you read the manual to your heart rate monitor (if you have one) it will say something along those lines.

Sites like Sparkpeople try to do a decent job at estimating your basal metabolic rate based on your age, weight, height, and "activity level", but the truth is some days you are more active than others. Yesterday I burned over 3000 calories because, not only was it a cardio day, but I was running all over the place doing errands and such. Today was a cardio day too, but I'll be lucky to hit 2600 calories burnt, because I spent most of the day laying on the couch watching TV. Sparkpeople would have guessed roughly the same calorie burn for both days!

You get a much more accurate idea of how the little things you do throughout the day add up and contribute to your total calorie burn.

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7/20/13 5:43 P

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I've read a few messages in "Would you Buy it Again", but I'd love to know how it works differently than just using Spark People or a heart rate monitor.

I have a lot of trouble losing weight and I think I may have an issue with my metabolism. I can do everything correctly and not change at all. So I'd like to see how a device might help me track something.

Thanks for any responses!




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