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has anyone tried the bodybugg??

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I really want to buy one. In case you don't know what it is, it's the arm band that you wear (the ones they wear on the biggest loser) and it tracks how many calories you burn and then you log all of your food on the website, so basically you'll know if you're burning enough, eating enough, eating too much, etc....

 

I've wanted one for awhile now. I've been dieting since January and lost a little over 20 lbs. January and February went great the weight was coming off at a decent rate, but then March has been awful.

 

I attribute the horrible March to two things. One, I was definitely not as strict with myself as I was in January and February, but I still tracked my food and stuck to my points (ww) for the most part.

 

Second, I have been working my butt off at the gym going 4-5 times a week and working hard. I think I may not have been eating enough because for the amount I was working out and what I was eating, I should have been dropping at least a few pounds a week and my weight just kept hovering right around the same amount.

 

Very frustrating!!

 

So, I've wanted this for awhile and my birthday is next week. My husband was going to get me a pandora bracelet (I've wanted one for awhile) but I think I might tell him that I want this instead. 24 hour fitness has $30 off right now and I found a $20 coupon, so I can get it for $199 with the 6 month online subscription.

 

Now that I've completely gone off subject, I was just wondering if anyone had one or tried it and what you thought??

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A nurse that I work with has one, and she loves it! The arm band measures calories burned plus steps taken, and it also tells you the body fat that is burned. I am thinking about getting one as well. She also has the hip monitor that actually shows you the steps and calories you have burned so far. I know that 2000 steps are a mile, and the best way to try to lose weight is to aim for a kind of high number of steps in a day. She aims for 10,000. My other friend just has a pedometer but she aims for 100,000 a week. I think it is great, but I am just starting off with a basic pedometer, and then I will work my way up the body bugg. Good luck, and I hope this helps some!

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Thanks girls! Yeah, I think it will really help me with figuring out how much I'm really burning, so that I'll know how much to eat.

 

It's so frustrating that even not eating as much as I used to and working out I can still not be losing because I'm not eating enough!

 

I'll report back

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I have a LOT of experience with these. I worked for a research study that measured physical activity level and we asked the participants to wear them for a week. We used a different brand, but it's pretty much identical to the BodyBugg (just designed for research, not gyms). I got to wear one for a week as well. They're not the most accurate devices in the universe, but they do give you a pretty good idea of your activity level.

 

I think you should ask yourself whether you think you'll end up using this for an extended period of time. For $200, I think you should only buy it if you're really going to get a lot of use out of it. It's a lot of money to spend! Maybe you and some friends could go in on one together and share it. I was satisfied with wearing the thing for a week, and I don't really have any desire to wear it again.

 

It can't give you any advice about what changes you can make to your diet or exercise. All it is doing is reporting the raw numbers (calories burned, steps taken, average METS, etc). So, you might be better off spending the money on a consultation with a trainer or nutritionist if you're looking for advice.

 

Also, please, please take the thing off for at least an hour every day to let your arm rest - about 15% of the people who wore them for a week straight ended up with rashes, irritations or open sores on their arms. Keep in mind that they had thin skin because they're elderly, but still...you don't want a nasty rash!

 

Good luck!

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I have a LOT of experience with these. I worked for a research study that measured physical activity level and we asked the participants to wear them for a week. We used a different brand, but it's pretty much identical to the BodyBugg (just designed for research, not gyms). I got to wear one for a week as well. They're not the most accurate devices in the universe, but they do give you a pretty good idea of your activity level.

I think you should ask yourself whether you think you'll end up using this for an extended period of time. For $200, I think you should only buy it if you're really going to get a lot of use out of it. It's a lot of money to spend! Maybe you and some friends could go in on one together and share it. I was satisfied with wearing the thing for a week, and I don't really have any desire to wear it again.

It can't give you any advice about what changes you can make to your diet or exercise. All it is doing is reporting the raw numbers (calories burned, steps taken, average METS, etc). So, you might be better off spending the money on a consultation with a trainer or nutritionist if you're looking for advice.

Also, please, please take the thing off for at least an hour every day to let your arm rest - about 15% of the people who wore them for a week straight ended up with rashes, irritations or open sores on their arms. Keep in mind that they had thin skin because they're elderly, but still...you don't want a nasty rash!

Good luck!
Yes, I agree it is a lot of money to spend, I've been thinking about it for awhile. I've been trying to lose weight for awhile, I've been a yo-yo dieter for so long, but I've committed myself to this, but I'm getting really frustrated. I'm working out 4-5 times a week, but I don't think I'm eating enough. That's really why I want this, to help me with how many calories I'm burning, so that I'll have a better idea of how much I should be eating to lose. It's such a slap in the face to feel like I can't lose weight because I'm not eating enough, when all my life I've struggled with my weight because I eat too much.

I know it won't give me any advice, lol! but I just need the numbers to see where I'm at.

If I don't like it and it doesn't work, I'll put it on ebay :)

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Jill, I'm interested to hear how it goes. Two people in my spin class tonight were using them and they really like them. I've been considering it too but it does seem kind of like a lot of money. I'll be interested to see what you think.

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