- Diet & Weight Loss
The Bodybugg - A revolutionary tool for those serious about weight control
My Journey with Weight Management
I started my weight loss journey like many others before me...on January 1st. And just like many others, I saw myself backsliding faster than you can say "Valentine's Day." So I did what any self-respecting woman would do in my situation, I went on a trip to Mexico and gorged myself on fajitas, chips and salsa, and margaritas. Then I committed to some serious weight loss. But like everyone else, I needed some extra help figuring out how to lose weight.
Enter the Bodybugg
A friend told me that he had great success with a Bodybugg. I've also seen the contestants on NBC's The Biggest Loser wearing them diligently, week after week. I started to do my research and found out that the price of these suckers was nothing to scoff at. One unit can run you $135 - $179 and that doesn't include any accessories or the subscription to the Bodybugg website. This needed some serious consideration for such a big investment. But the more I researched, the more positive reviews I found and never found a single person who stated they didn't lose a single pound using it.
Here's the rundown: The device is attached to an armband that is worn on the back of your arm. According to the Bodybugg website, the device uses special sensors to calculate with 90% accuracy how many calories that you burn in a day. The sensors are reading body heat, movement and tracking the steps you take throughout the day. This is where the website subscription comes in. In order to clear the device and download the information, a paid membership to the website is necessary. However, depending on which version of the Bodybugg you purchase, you have the option of getting real time data via your iPhone or a wristwatch that is sold separately. In my opinion, the device alone would be frustrating without an option to find out exactly how much I've burned at any given moment.
Because I decided that I was serious this time, I made the leap and purchased the Bodybugg (and wristwatch) with the hope that the guessing game would finally be over. I was able to get an accurate read on how much I was burning throughout the day as well as with my exercise activity. I was quite surprised to find out which activities burned more than others and that the machines at the gym were overestimating how much I was burning. All in all, I found that I was finally getting the results I desired. In the past 7 months, I have lost 41 pounds because I was able to accurately determine how many calories I was burning and therefore, how many calories I needed to eat (or not eat) in order to lose weight each week. It wasn't without its struggles and plateaus, but I can say without a doubt that the Bodybugg was one of the best tools I could have used in my weight loss journey.
Things to Note
1.) The Bodybugg must be worn at all times...even when you're sleeping. I found that it was pretty easy to get used to and didn't find myself bothered during the night.
2.) At first, I noticed a little irritation on my arm from wearing it all the time. I found that if I kept it clean and switched arms once in awhile, I was able to avoid this. (Bodybugg does not recommend wearing it on your right arm; however, I found that if I only wore it on my right arm during sleep, it had no effect on the accuracy.)
3.) The website can be cumbersome to use and their customer service could use some improving. The site offers a food diary of sorts where you can enter your daily intake. However, the database is very small and inconvenient. I used My Fitness Pal to enter my food and just used the information from the Bodybugg device to enter how many calories I burned with exercise and daily activity.