Have you seen the black arm bands on the Biggest Loser contestants? These are called BodyBuggs and they are a hot new tool in the weight loss arsenal. What these armbands do is track how much activity you are getting on a given day. You simply plug in your personal data such as age, height, weight and the armband does the rest, providing you with a trusty snapshot of how many calories you’ve burned. When you pair this with consistent food tracking, you can watch the calorie deficit pile up in your favor and your scale start to move down.
The Biggest Loser made the BodyBugg famous but it’s not so well know twin BodyMedia Fit is also great device. As a frugal mom, I explored my options and found a killer deal at Costco for BodyMedia Fit (sorry this deal is long gone). At the time I purchased my armband it only cost $159 and came with a 12 month subscription*. It felt like a huge splurge for an unknown device. However, I was desperate to find something that could help me stay on track.
I’m grateful that I spent the money!
After 3 months, I am 10lbs lighter and infinitely smarter thanks to my weight loss buddy, Bodymedia Fit. What I learned was eye opening. I was burning far less than the programs such as FitDay or Spark People claimed I was burning. Based on my stats, I was lead to believe that I was burning 2300 calories per day. Yet the Bodymedia fit showed a completely different picture.
On days that I was home and active, yes I burned around 2300 calories. Yet on days when I was at work, 5 days per week, my daily burn dropped down to 1900 calories per day. When I looked back at the number of calories I was eating even when working out, I was floored. I actually had an ah ha moment when I realized my weight loss results were only slow because I wasn’t actually getting the type of calorie deficit per day that I thought.
The very programs and good advice that I was following was wrong. My body didn’t burn what the tables said it was.
Imagine spending months only to lose 1-1.5 lbs per month even with consistent workouts and clean eating. It was discouraging and I felt like giving up on myself. Which unfortunately is exactly what I did and gained 15 lbs in two and half years. Fast forward, I am now only 4lbs heavier than I was 2 and a half years ago. My armband provided me with a piece of the missing puzzle. Now I have a tool that helps me get a more accurate picture of my daily activity.
BodyMedia Fit has made all the difference in the world to me!
There is no longer a way that I can lie to myself about what I am or am not doing each day. My BodyMedia Fit tells me a different story. For me, it was the power of this little device that I wear on my arm that opened the door to speedier weight loss.
I recommend purchasing the BodyMedia Fit or BodyBugg to anyone who has been diligent in their weight loss efforts and not seeing the results they expected.
* Looking for a good deal on BodyMedia FIT Armband BW Weight Management System? Check out Amazon, they have some of the best prices for this device on the web. Just remember to do a search to try to get the best possible deal and don’t forget to get your membership fees added in the price.