hello, old friend

A few months ago I said goodbye to Sparkpeople and hello to bodybugg. The bodybugg was made famous by The Biggest Loser and when I was struggling with a plateau after starting to exercise earlier this year.  I decided that it was time to bring in the big guns and learn not only what I was eating, but what I was burning.  See below for a tidbit about the bodybugg from the website.

Why is the bodybugg more accurate than a pedometer?
The bodybugg armband is more accurate than a pedometer for calculating calories burned because it is "watching" your body from four different perspectives. A pedometer only measures steps. In addition to measuring motion and steps, the armband is able to see how much you are sweating, your skin temperature and the rate at which heat is being dissipated from your body. These additional physiological parameters give the bodybugg system a more complete picture of what your body is doing and its level of exertion, all of which means a much more accurate estimation of your calories burned.

As far as the calorie burn goes, the bodybugg is awesome.  I have nothing to compare it too, but I love having calorie burn and step goals every day.  I love the fact that the bodybugg motivates me to get off my duff and move more.
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(in this picture you can see that I have exceeded my steps target by 139 and it is only 7pm)

There is one thing that isn’t awesome about the bodybugg is the nutrition tracking.  I have been spoiled by Sparkpeople and found it so convenient and intuitive.  I have stopped tracking my nutrition because I found it so onerous and so the bodybugg has stopped doing what it was supposed to do.  Helping me keep track of calories in vs. calories out.
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Because of this, and the unwelcome number on the scale this morning, I have decided to give up on the bodybugg nutrition piece and go back to sparkpeople.
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This means that the bodybugg won’t tell me what I should have lost in the previous two weeks, but at least this way I’ll start being consistent with tracking my food!
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Verdict: would I recommend that you buy a bodybugg? Only if you have a lot of weight to lose and if you’ve tried and failed to lose weight just tracking calories in.  It’s better when you are consistent with tracking nutrition though.  I’m testament to the fact that just tracking calories out doesn’t work either.  I’m hoping that the combination of the two will help me get back on track.
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As an aside, I’m also planning to going back to my prescribed “levels” of nutrients (about 200 g carbs, 25 g fiber and 60g protein)
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Cost: A downside is that it is pretty expensive, the armband is $199 and the digital display is $79 (on sale right now).  The website also has a monthly fee, which varies based on what type of subscription you buy (9.95/month to 7/month) And I should note for the sake of our FTC friends, I bought this on my own and I am in no way being compensated for this review.

Do you track calories in or out?  If so, how?