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Fitbit vs Bodybugg - Motivational Fitness Gadgets

Updated on May 14, 2013
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Fitbit vs Bodybugg! Which one is better for your healthier lifestyle?

Both of these very popular gadgets are for those who are looking to attain an energetic healthier lifestyle so they can face everything that life throws at them.

These cool gadgets are a simple way of measuring day to day progress of your normal activities so you only have to change what is required to get the optimum results.

The Fitbit and the Bodybugg will let you know important information such as steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and stairs climbed, the Fitbit even analyses your sleep patterns. They will let you know how many calories you have to burn and how many calories you're allowed to eat to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

So whether you already feel you're pretty fit and live a healthy lifestyle but wish to stay that way or find ways to improve, these gadgets are for you.

If you feel you're overweight, unfit and unhealthy and need a simple motivational daily monitoring system to help you achieve your goals then these are perfect for you too.

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Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker

Fitbit suggest that with their device it will help you be active, sleep better and eat well. Thus generally getting fit and being healthy.

By day the Fitbit One will track every step you take, stairs you climb, calories burned and distances traveled. At nighttime the Fitbit One will measure how you sleep, your sleep cycle. It will even wake you up in the morning without disturbing your partner.

All of this information can be sent wirelessly to your computer or mobile device such as the Iphone 4s.

This way you can set goals and track your progress with visual graphs and charts. You can connect with friends and share your information, supporting each other through your daily workouts and progress. For motivation you can even earn badges you can show the community how well you're progressing.

The Fibit One at a Glance:

  • Track every step you take, distance traveled, calories burned and stairs climbed
  • Log food, weight on Fitbit's app or website
  • Set your goals, view your progress
  • Monitor sleep patterns
  • Silent morning alarm
  • Sync automatically via Bluetooth to computer devises
  • Free iPhone and Android Apps
  • Wear in pocket, on belt or bra
  • Sweat-, rain-, and splash proof
  • Rechargeable battery

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BodyBugg Version 3

The Bodybugg made headlines when it was used on NBC's "THE BIGGEST LOSER" and the TV show "The Doctors". Very well reviewed in the New York Times and The New York Post.

The new Bodybugg makes is easy to manage your calories so you can control your weight. Use the web-based program to see your daily results and keep motivated.

The British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2008 edition, suggested that the Bodybugg achieved average accuracy rates of 90%, the study compared the Bodybugg calorie expenditure to the expenditure measurements in a metabolic chamber, which is well known to be the "gold standard" in the measurement of calories.

Very easy to use and monitors how much you exercise and will help you manage how many calories you eat. The system will tell you if your burning more calories that you consuming. The flexible system works at your pace due to it's customization of your own goals and settings.

You can start your fitness sessions with a personal phone coach session and then view your progress with a 6-month subscription to the web based nutrition program / personal calorie management system. When you purchase the Bodybugg, the subscription is included in the initial purchase. The renewal fees are: $9.95 for month to month, $49.95 for 6 month and $79.95 for 12 month.

Bodubugg at a glance:

  • Easy to manage the calories you consume and burn
  • Monitor how much you exercise
  • manage how many calories you eat
  • Customized - Your program is based on your age, weight, height and personal goals
  • View your progress with the 6 month subscription to web nutrition program, included with the initial purchase

My Comparison of The 2 Health Gadgets

Here I have compared the two gadgets based on several categories. This is my own personal comparison based on my own experiences with both the Fitbit and BodyBugg.


Price

At the time of writing this the prices for each are as follows on Amazon, but please note that these prices may change at any time...

The Fitbit has a one off cost and the web service come free, the BodyBugg on the other-hand costs a lot more (at time of writing) and has a limited web based program. Once this limited web service term runs out you then have to start paying monthly fees, thus making the BodyBugg even more expensive.

For me the one time/ one off cost is better than paying more initially then more as the months roll on. For me the ongoing cost of counting calories is not worth it. But this is only my opinion. You could say I'm a cheapskate???

Fitbit - From $89.00
BodyBugg - From $150.00 (inc 6 months subscription)

Winner on price is: Fitbit

The FitBit

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Wear-Ability Comparison

Very different in design and wear-ability. The Fitbit is like a small USB datastick which can be clipped anywhere or simply put into your pocket. Very discrete and light. On the other-hand the BodyBugg is worn on the arm via a strap and needs contact with the skin due to it's sensors. Most people seem to put the BodyBugg on the upper arm.

I personally prefer the Fitbit as it can be clipped/ placed anywhere on the body. The BodyBugg can only really be placed on the arm, nothing else really felt right and you know your wearing it. The Velcro on the strap does become annoying after a while and can be off-putting, especially when running and producing sweat.

I can take the Fitbit anywhere with no problems, but the BodyBugg is awkward and was viewable under my shirt at work. With the Fitbit you can wear it anywhere any time of the day.

Winner on Wear-ability is: Fitbit

Setting Up Comparison

Both Fitbit and BodyBugg require setting up accounts on their websites. This is fast as it's basically just creating a user account with your email address and choosing a password. The next bit is where there are differences between the two devices.

Fitbit and BodyBugg both ask basic questions when you access their websites such as; height, weight, age, gender... the usual stuff. The Fitbit stops there though whilst the BodyBugg takes you to another quite long questionnaire about your lifestyle and diet. This is boring and took me about 25 minutes to complete. But I suppose once it's done, that's it. You don't have to do anymore.

This is a hard one to decide on as the Fitbit is fast and you can get on with it, whilst the BodyBugg takes a lot longer. I really didn't mind taking time to fill in the questionnaire.

Winner on Setup is: Draw

The BodyBugg

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Getting Results/ Application Comparison

The Fitbit for me is streets ahead on the monitoring in the context of getting results fast. There is one button on the Fitbit which lets you see the information you want; steps taken, distance... the information you actually bought the device for in the first place, I saw this as a great motivator whilst exercising.

On the BodyBugg you cannot see instant information, you have to plug it into your computer to get your results, not only that but you have to log into their website to do it. Once there the information is pretty cool though. If you're using a MAC then don't bother sorting out your food database, it will take forever as many reviewers can vouch for.

Fitbit comes with a charger which also acts as a transmitter your data to the Fitbit website. This happens every 15mins if you are in range of it. A neat little touch I think. The food database is a breeze on the Fitbit.

Winner on Getting Results/ Applications is: Fitbit

Accuracy Comparison

For me they were pretty much the same, with the Bodybugg just pipping the Fitbit to the post based on the calorie reading which seemed to be more accurate.

I did expect this though as it's based on the "Gold Standard" comparison measurements conducted whilst developing the Bodybugg, so I took the Bodybugg readings for granted.

Winner on Accuracy is: Draw

Overall I felt more comfortable and confident in the Fitbit. I am not saying the BodyBugg is bad, far from it, but from my own personal review of comparing the two I preferred the Fitbit.

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      Carol 2 years ago

      "Your tracker and dashboard show an estimated number of calories burned based on your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate), which we calculate using the height, weight, age, and gender information you provided us with when you set up your Fitbit account. If your tracker measures heart rate, the calorie burn estimate. . . " The key word here is ESTIMATE. It is not ACCURATE. The BodyBugg is SUPER ACCURATE! I have been able to determine how much I need to eat based on this. ESTIMATES do not always EQUAL accurate calorie burn. For me, they are vastly different. Maybe for you they have been, but they have not been for me. I will stick with my BodyBugg (but I have a feeling that FitBit will edge them out of the market).

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      angie 3 years ago

      Body media has an app for your phone that bluetooths data from the arm band to your phone for instant information.

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      Paul Fischer 4 years ago

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      Shariful Islam 4 years ago from Bangladesh

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