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BodyBugg Calorie Counter Armband Device: As Your Personal Weight Loss Coach and Fitness Motivator

Updated on November 2, 2009

Bodybugg Armband Device

If you need to lose weight or improve your fitness level, then one of the major challenges that you may be facing is staying motivated. That's why all these club-type weight loss programs are so popular - Weight Watchers, Jenny Creig and others - they provide you with the support you need to keep going. But what if you don't have time or desire to join any of these programs?

Well, there are other ways that can help you - one of them is Bodybugg armband device - featured recently on the Biggest Loser TV show, or its cheaper alternatives - GoWear Fit Lifestyle and Calorie Management system and Gruve Personal Calorie Burn and Activity Intensity Monitor.

How it works?

While I'm not a big proponent of using latest and greatest gizmos, especially something like calorie counting - but it seems that many people find calorie counting armbands quite useful and motivating. Most people who use them admit that they take the guesswork out of the weight loss, while motivating them to stay active all day long. They can just wear it during the course of normal daily activities - just as the contestans in the Biggest Loser show - and then plug the data into the software (you need to be aware, though, that you need to pay a monthly subscription fee to the website) and upload your data to your personal Online Activity Manager.

GoWear Fit and Body Bugg, and Gruve are advertised as the state-of-the-art technology in calorie management that can help you lose weight and stay in control of their weight loss goals. They are - in simple terms - devices that you strap to your arm that record all your daily caloric expenditures. This is done by using four sensors that measure motion, temperature and perspiration:

1. Accelerometer - For measuring motion and movement.
2. Heat Flux - For measuring the amount of heat that your body gives off.
3. Galvanic Skin Response - For measuring how much stress your body gives off.
4. Skin Temperature - For measuring your body skin temperature.

Read some Gowear Fit reviews from Amazon:

If you are curious about the BodyBugg or GowearFit by myself - go to Amazon and read some reviews that are there. As it turns out, most people are very satisfied with the device (although some do mention that they were surprised by the paid subsription service that they were supposed to buy). However, as one reviewer recommends - you may not need the paid subscription program, if you use the free Sparkpeople.com website. You can also export your data to a spreadsheet that you can save on your computer and use to keep track on your long-term goals.

As One reviewer on Amazon says: "This device is an incredible motivator. When I finally started to go to the gym, I was thrilled by my Calories Burned…until I recorded my food for the day and saw that I was simply breaking even. With such instant feedback, I altered my eating habits, and in the last 3 days I lost 3 lbs. I know that water is the first to go when one begins a diet, but I also saw the 2,000 calorie deficit that I had yesterday alone, and I know that after the water is gone, I will continue to lose.”

Should you buy a Bodybug?

Although these devices are not cheap - you will have to pay at least $200-$300, plus paid subscription for the online service - if you are really having a hard time motivating yourself, then it may be worth it to give one of these products a try.

BodyBugg Review

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