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January 26, 2012 2:13 PM
Hoping to get some advice if possible..

I am currently looking at purchasing either a FITBIT (now links to MFP) or a FITBUG - both are available in the UK and seem similar, but I was wondering if anyone else has either or these or knows of them both and could recommend either?

Many thanks in advance MFPers for any advice..
January 30, 2012 1:34 AM
Wow not one response - I do find that unusual, but fair enough.. I'll google more and just decide from there..
January 30, 2012 1:39 AM
Let me know how you get on as i need a new HRM but really cant decide :-\
January 30, 2012 1:48 AM
I wouldnt use either, I would use the Ki-fit as it uses skin sensors to measure calories burnt etc
January 30, 2012 1:49 AM
Hi

I have a Fitbit and it is excellent, it is really interesting to see how much you move naturally during the day, it also allows you to work out how much exercise you need to do to hit your goal.

I've purchased the premium package on the fitbit site and that is setting me a training (number of activity calories to burn) schedule each week so I find that really helpful.

I don't know about the fit bug, but the fact that the fitbit synch's with this site makes it all the more user friendly to me.

Hope that helps a bit

B
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January 30, 2012 1:55 AM
Also the fit bit is on two easy payments on the Ideal World website, meaning £40 now and £39 on 29/02/2012 (if this helps)
January 30, 2012 2:02 AM
I too have the Fitbit and would totally agree that it makes you really think about how much you move around. I've even found myself parking further from the entrance to supermarket to try and get some more steps in. How sad am I?
January 30, 2012 2:23 AM
I have a question... can you wear FitBit during any other exercise like kick-boxing, etc.?

Because you can only clip it to your trousers and it doesn't come with a wrist strap or anything..
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January 30, 2012 2:55 AM
I haven't tried fitbit but I've got a fitbug and I know that fitbug has been around since 2005. They've had more time to hone their member experience and their stuff just works better. Also it looks like they're offering a two year membership for 50ukpounds or $50 if you live stateside. Hope this helps.
Dan
January 30, 2012 3:18 AM
ive got a fitbit, i got it on launch day in the Uk and i love it, it integrates here, has helped me increase my steps already and improve my sleep efficiency, it comes with a belt clip, and wrist strap for night times, in the gym i hook it to the neck of my vest top.

i REALLY like it.
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January 30, 2012 3:24 AM
I was going back and forth on which one to buy and I ended up getting the Fitbit and I love it. It's just that little push you need to get you moving and meeting your daily goals.
January 30, 2012 3:32 AM
QUOTE:

ive got a fitbit, i got it on launch day in the Uk and i love it, it integrates here, has helped me increase my steps already and improve my sleep efficiency, it comes with a belt clip, and wrist strap for night times, in the gym i hook it to the neck of my vest top.

i REALLY like it.


Do you find it tracks what you burn whilst exercising correctly??

I aim to but 700 cals a session but im alwas sceptical that my calorie burns are accurate x
January 30, 2012 3:37 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

ive got a fitbit, i got it on launch day in the Uk and i love it, it integrates here, has helped me increase my steps already and improve my sleep efficiency, it comes with a belt clip, and wrist strap for night times, in the gym i hook it to the neck of my vest top.

i REALLY like it.


Do you find it tracks what you burn whilst exercising correctly??

I aim to but 700 cals a session but im alwas sceptical that my calorie burns are accurate x


hmm this is a toughy really... i get a calorie adjustment most days from it as i have my MFP set as sendentary however my work days vary depending on whether im in the office or out and about.

i eat roughly half my exercise cals back, but the fitbit only measures overall burn, not specific activities because when linked to MFP you put your food and activity in here, not fitbits dashboard.

one example is weight training, i cant really measure it in either so it sjust on top, that way if it is overestimating then ive got some wiggle room.

hope that makes sense?
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January 30, 2012 5:37 AM
I have a Fitbug but to be honest im not over impressed, the bug works fine but is just a pedometer & nothing more, the site its self is ok but the food & exercise lists are very limited no where near as extensive as MFP. You can add your own food onto your profile but its a bit long winded. All I tend to do now is load my steps & extra non bug activity on.
January 30, 2012 9:10 AM
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QUOTE:

QUOTE:

ive got a fitbit, i got it on launch day in the Uk and i love it, it integrates here, has helped me increase my steps already and improve my sleep efficiency, it comes with a belt clip, and wrist strap for night times, in the gym i hook it to the neck of my vest top.

i REALLY like it.


Do you find it tracks what you burn whilst exercising correctly??

I aim to but 700 cals a session but im alwas sceptical that my calorie burns are accurate x


hmm this is a toughy really... i get a calorie adjustment most days from it as i have my MFP set as sendentary however my work days vary depending on whether im in the office or out and about.

i eat roughly half my exercise cals back, but the fitbit only measures overall burn, not specific activities because when linked to MFP you put your food and activity in here, not fitbits dashboard.

one example is weight training, i cant really measure it in either so it sjust on top, that way if it is overestimating then ive got some wiggle room.

hope that makes sense?


Yeah that makes sense :) see i always have my MFP set to maintainence as i go off my BMR - 600 cals a day and burn an extra 3500 through exercise so im looking at 2lbs a week loss as 1200 cals is no go for me im too moody without food ha ha x
January 30, 2012 9:16 AM
I got the FITBIT about a week ago and LOVE it! It's pretty accurate on stairs. Not positive about steps taken. Calorie count seems pretty good, too. Love the sleep measurement feature, which I believe is also accurate.

It's easy and fast to sync.

One disappointment is the food logging-- far fewer choices than MFP has. It's a pain to log food. I've been hesitant to sync with MFP because I don't log miscellaneous walking on MFP. The only exercise I log here is REAL exercise. But Fitbit clocks everything you do. I don't want MFP to give me an inflated activity level.

Good luck with your choice!
January 30, 2012 9:17 AM
You can hoot it to your sports bra, and I am pretty sure you can buy something to keep it on also!
January 30, 2012 9:22 AM
QUOTE:

I got the FITBIT about a week ago and LOVE it! It's pretty accurate on stairs. Not positive about steps taken. Calorie count seems pretty good, too. Love the sleep measurement feature, which I believe is also accurate.

It's easy and fast to sync.

One disappointment is the food logging-- far fewer choices than MFP has. It's a pain to log food. I've been hesitant to sync with MFP because I don't log miscellaneous walking on MFP. The only exercise I log here is REAL exercise. But Fitbit clocks everything you do. I don't want MFP to give me an inflated activity level.

Good luck with your choice!


You can link up Fitbit and MFP now, so much easier.

I use MFP for food and it sends the calories over to Fitbit Dashboard and let Fibit Dashboard feed my calorie burn back to here.
January 30, 2012 9:23 AM
I got a fitbit but am not too familiar with the fitbug. But from what I can read on the website, the fit bit may be a better choice. I love that the fitbit can clip on to anything (personally I clip it to my bra). Also, to sync it with my PC, i don't need to plug it into anything. It does it wirelessly and the batter last about 10 days before it needs to be recharged. Even that only takes about an hour to bring it back up.

I've checked my fitbit against the Wii Zumba program and the calories burn are quite inline with each other which leads me to believe that fitbit is quite accurate.

I am very happy with mine and I love it that MFP integrates so seamlessly with it.
January 30, 2012 9:31 AM
I'm unconvinced on the FitBit, having some positive and some negative experiences. I got it for free when we purchased a Kinect after Christmas and I thought it was pretty cool. 3 days later, when the cover popped off and I had to engineer it back together with some tape, I was glad I did not spend $100 on it.

I did like the activity level measurement. I have my MFP settings at lightly active and that's always concerned me. Am I really lightly active? FitBit has confirmed that I am; some days even truely active.

My favorite feature on the FitBit is the sleep efficiency measurement. I am not a very efficient sleeper and have been trying different things to improve that. It's nice to have a concrete way to measure.

I do not like that FitBit is really only a motion sensor so it cannot meaure activity from small movements like weight training, crunches, push ups, planks, etc. I sometimes do ballet exercises and it doesn't measure that well either.

The FitBit website overestimates your optimal calorie intake. There is a FitBit Users Group on MFP and that's a major complaint. If you set your goals on MFP to 1lb loss/week, you need to set your goals on FitBit to ~1.5lb loss per week to get the same calorie estimation.

I tried the FitBit Trainer program free for a week and would definately not spend money on that. All the program did was set higher and higher activity goals without really giving concrete ways to do that.

For the price, I think you can get a good HRM that will be more efficient at estimating your calorie burn through out the day. It is a pretty cool little gadget but not worth the $$ IMO.
January 31, 2012 8:13 AM
I got mine free, so I guess that makes it seem more attractive to me.
February 1, 2012 11:38 PM
Well thank you call for the advice and recommendations..

I think after a bit more thinking and reviewing FitBit seems to the be way, so have ordered this today..

I'll post some more info and update once I get it and use it for a short while..

Thanks all!!
August 8, 2012 4:57 PM
I'm curious to know what you thought about your fitbit purchase. I am thinking about getting one!
October 14, 2012 3:22 AM
I have a fitbug but am looking to move over to the fitbit; I first went on FITBUG a 3 years ago when I was on an NHS referral, I found the nutritional database sparse, but as I hadn't paid I felt in no position to complain about the poor support and poor website;

Having now paid for the use and not seen anything change I feel now that I can;

There were promises that the website would improve and a mobile app be launched, neither of these have materialised.

The question really is a monthly fee after the initial purchase year with Fitbug to have a buggy and poor nutritional database or be able to use a free service like MFP which has mobile support and excellent nutritional database?

If there are any users who have used both but think I should stick with fitbug I would be grateful of the feedback in case I am seeing greener grass!

Kind regards

Stuart
October 14, 2012 5:02 AM
Stuart, I have had a Fitbug for the past two years, but got completely fed up with the lack of updates on the nutrition side of things. Came here a couple of weeks ago and I know which I prefer; have cancelled my Fitbug membership! They kept on promising new things, but nothing ever materialised.

For a non-active person, Fitbug is good in terms of encouraging you to get more active and walk. I'm guessing that Fitbit does the same though. Now that I do a lot more exercise, MFP is much easier to use, in that I can input calories burned accurately into the exercise log, rather than trying to convert it into 'steps'.

Also, I exercise 5 days a week. Fitbug doesn't recognise that rest days are important, and so my progress was looking as though I had somehow 'failed' on those two days, which I didn't find encouraging.

If I was starting my journey here I would get a Fitbit. As someone who now has an established exercise regime, I would say a decent HRM is more useful.
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