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April 24, 2013 11:01 AM
I have the fitbit...getting disappointed with it though. For example..Saturday..went for a 5 K..did over 14k steps..and said i burned 544 cals..whereas on Sunday i did an 8 mile run..and sat around for the rest of the day..over 17k steps..and said i burned 61 calories..WTF..

I bought the BMF today at Costco..it was only $99 with 1 year free subscription..should be interesting..
April 24, 2013 11:04 AM
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I'm getting a Fitbit Flex for my husband and one for myself next week when they come out. We have the Fitbit Aria scale and love it so far. I'll be glad to give you more info after we get them.


Curious why you are deciding on the flex? I have a fuelband and a fitbit and it is shown that movement tracking on the arm is nowhere near as accurate as on the core..............
April 24, 2013 11:05 AM
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I researched this to death before I chose. I ended up going with the Body Media. It is an unobtrusive arm band that is well hidden under my shirt sleeves even with short sleeves on, however as a guy our short sleeves don't tend to be as short.

Body Media actually takes five hundred scientific measurments about what your body is really doing every single minute fo the day. Tht's five hundred data points per minute. The fit bit is a pedometer with some inteligent software behind it but is guessing your burn based on a formula and your steps. While the Body Media is aware of your movement in three dimensions, your body temperature flux (How hard you are working) your sweat levels, (through galvanic skin resistances) and your heat output.

It adds to the data some very smart formualas and gets a lot closer to your actual burn within 10%.

It syncs with MFP so I use MFP to input my food and Body Media to track my exercise. Then I use Body Media to print out an amazing report for the day week or month that tells me down to the minute what I was burning. (2.4 Cals per minute sleeping, up to 25 cals a minute at full tilt exercise!) You can graph your workouts and zoom into a mere moment or back way out and see a graph of the whole day. so you can analyze your exercise effectiveness. Body Media also tracks your sleep patterns and effectveness, as well as food water etc... I love mine! I being an analytical guy hooked on numbers and science etc... Found it VERY helpful and I do not believe I would have made the progress I have made without it. I could look down at the LCD screen that receives real time updates form the arm band and see exactly what I was doing during a workout. I reset the trip meter right before I start working out and throughout the workout it flashes between calories per minute averaged since the reset and the total burn since the reset. It obviously also counts your steps, but it does so much more than that. So I can set a caloric burn goal for the workout and go until I hit it. It's also compatible with a number of smart phones (that then run the Body media App) for even better access to your current data. But my phone is one that it will not work on.

If you want real accuracy and access to as much or as little real data a you want the Body Media is my recommendation.


#1 - It is far from unobtrusive........It's pretty big and bulky
#2 - People have tested/worn them side by side and they were very close on calorie burn with the fitbit sometimes underestimating slightly.
April 24, 2013 11:21 AM
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I have the fitbit...getting disappointed with it though. For example..Saturday..went for a 5 K..did over 14k steps..and said i burned 544 cals..whereas on Sunday i did an 8 mile run..and sat around for the rest of the day..over 17k steps..and said i burned 61 calories..WTF..

I bought the BMF today at Costco..it was only $99 with 1 year free subscription..should be interesting..


Did you check the actual FitBit site for your calorie burn? MFP is set up with a formula that "estimates" your calorie burn projection for the whole day based on activity levels. It's difficult to explain, but if you spent the whole day sedentary, then MFP may have adjusted the calorie burn for your sedentary time of the day. You have to turn that feature off.

In other words, it probably wasn't FitBit. It was probably MFP that jacked up your calorie burn.
Edited by UsedToBeHusky On April 24, 2013 11:21 AM
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April 24, 2013 11:21 AM
I have the Fitbit and I love it! It tells me exactly what I want to know -how active I am. Some folks may like the 500 data points (or whatever) that the armband tracks, but I just wanted a simple way to track my activity level. I think the calories burned is fairly accurate, but I never eat back all my Fitbit adjusted calories unless I had a hard work out that day. Overall it has helped me with my weight loss goals and I love that it is small. I wear it in my bra and no one knows it is there.

It depends on what your needs are. I wanted small and simple, and Fitbit has been perfect for me.
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April 24, 2013 11:23 AM
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April 24, 2013 11:34 AM
The main reason I am wanting something is calorie burn. I have contacted Polar and they are sending me a new transmitter for my HRM, so hopefully I can get that working, but it would still be nice to have something to wear all day to track calories burned for daily activity.
  13831391
April 24, 2013 11:36 AM
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The main reason I am wanting something is calorie burn. I have contacted Polar and they are sending me a new transmitter for my HRM, so hopefully I can get that working, but it would still be nice to have something to wear all day to track calories burned for daily activity.


IMO, the Fitbit is ideal for this. It's accurate, extremely unobtrusive, and won't leave dimples in your arm.
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April 24, 2013 11:41 AM
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I have the fitbit...getting disappointed with it though. For example..Saturday..went for a 5 K..did over 14k steps..and said i burned 544 cals..whereas on Sunday i did an 8 mile run..and sat around for the rest of the day..over 17k steps..and said i burned 61 calories..WTF..

I bought the BMF today at Costco..it was only $99 with 1 year free subscription..should be interesting..


Did you check the actual FitBit site for your calorie burn? MFP is set up with a formula that "estimates" your calorie burn projection for the whole day based on activity levels. It's difficult to explain, but if you spent the whole day sedentary, then MFP may have adjusted the calorie burn for your sedentary time of the day. You have to turn that feature off.

In other words, it probably wasn't FitBit. It was probably MFP that jacked up your calorie burn.


Calorie Burn from Fitbit site
Saturday:2206
Sunday:1723.

So yea..not accurate..
April 24, 2013 11:46 AM
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I have the fitbit...getting disappointed with it though. For example..Saturday..went for a 5 K..did over 14k steps..and said i burned 544 cals..whereas on Sunday i did an 8 mile run..and sat around for the rest of the day..over 17k steps..and said i burned 61 calories..WTF..

I bought the BMF today at Costco..it was only $99 with 1 year free subscription..should be interesting..


Did you check the actual FitBit site for your calorie burn? MFP is set up with a formula that "estimates" your calorie burn projection for the whole day based on activity levels. It's difficult to explain, but if you spent the whole day sedentary, then MFP may have adjusted the calorie burn for your sedentary time of the day. You have to turn that feature off.

In other words, it probably wasn't FitBit. It was probably MFP that jacked up your calorie burn.


Calorie Burn from Fitbit site
Saturday:2206
Sunday:1723.

So yea..not accurate..


Why is that not accurate? A 5k will burn about 350 calories. Something clearly went wrong Sunday. Did you not wear the Fitbit or something? laugh
  6438378
April 24, 2013 1:03 PM
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I researched this to death before I chose. I ended up going with the Body Media. It is an unobtrusive arm band that is well hidden under my shirt sleeves even with short sleeves on, however as a guy our short sleeves don't tend to be as short.

Body Media actually takes five hundred scientific measurments about what your body is really doing every single minute fo the day. Tht's five hundred data points per minute. The fit bit is a pedometer with some inteligent software behind it but is guessing your burn based on a formula and your steps. While the Body Media is aware of your movement in three dimensions, your body temperature flux (How hard you are working) your sweat levels, (through galvanic skin resistances) and your heat output.

It adds to the data some very smart formualas and gets a lot closer to your actual burn within 10%.

It syncs with MFP so I use MFP to input my food and Body Media to track my exercise. Then I use Body Media to print out an amazing report for the day week or month that tells me down to the minute what I was burning. (2.4 Cals per minute sleeping, up to 25 cals a minute at full tilt exercise!) You can graph your workouts and zoom into a mere moment or back way out and see a graph of the whole day. so you can analyze your exercise effectiveness. Body Media also tracks your sleep patterns and effectveness, as well as food water etc... I love mine! I being an analytical guy hooked on numbers and science etc... Found it VERY helpful and I do not believe I would have made the progress I have made without it. I could look down at the LCD screen that receives real time updates form the arm band and see exactly what I was doing during a workout. I reset the trip meter right before I start working out and throughout the workout it flashes between calories per minute averaged since the reset and the total burn since the reset. It obviously also counts your steps, but it does so much more than that. So I can set a caloric burn goal for the workout and go until I hit it. It's also compatible with a number of smart phones (that then run the Body media App) for even better access to your current data. But my phone is one that it will not work on.

If you want real accuracy and access to as much or as little real data a you want the Body Media is my recommendation.


#1 - It is far from unobtrusive........It's pretty big and bulky
#2 - People have tested/worn them side by side and they were very close on calorie burn with the fitbit sometimes underestimating slightly.


For me, there was a 300 Calorie difference - Fitbitbwas lower.
  482223
April 24, 2013 2:14 PM
I have a body media, and I really like it. It can be a bit obvious when I wear it, but I don't mind. I have even had students ask me what it was, and I will explain what it does and they think it's pretty cool! I really don't give a rats @ss what people think of it when I wear it...It has become a part of me in a sense that I wear it daily, and I barely know that it's there. It has NOT left indents on my arm, and I have been wearing it for quite some time. I really like that I can get a semi-accurate calorie count. It is 90% accurate. I can deduct or add 10% from my totals and at least find an accurate range.
April 24, 2013 2:19 PM
Did you follow the instructions on the HRM?? Wet the strap, etc...?

My dad always says HRMs were hard for him to use because they don't trasmit well for him. It's not the HRM's fault, it's the person's body haha.
April 24, 2013 2:19 PM
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I have the fitbit...getting disappointed with it though. For example..Saturday..went for a 5 K..did over 14k steps..and said i burned 544 cals..whereas on Sunday i did an 8 mile run..and sat around for the rest of the day..over 17k steps..and said i burned 61 calories..WTF..

I bought the BMF today at Costco..it was only $99 with 1 year free subscription..should be interesting..


Did you check the actual FitBit site for your calorie burn? MFP is set up with a formula that "estimates" your calorie burn projection for the whole day based on activity levels. It's difficult to explain, but if you spent the whole day sedentary, then MFP may have adjusted the calorie burn for your sedentary time of the day. You have to turn that feature off.

In other words, it probably wasn't FitBit. It was probably MFP that jacked up your calorie burn.


Calorie Burn from Fitbit site
Saturday:2206
Sunday:1723.

So yea..not accurate..


Why is that not accurate? A 5k will burn about 350 calories. Something clearly went wrong Sunday. Did you not wear the Fitbit or something? laugh


Oh I wore it alright..kept checking to make sure it was there during my long run..well Iets see how the BMF works..Love that Costco takes anything back..just in case its not good..
April 24, 2013 2:29 PM
My sister bought me the BodyMedia Fit LINK as a graduation gift two weeks ago and I absolutely love it. I love being able to track what I have done throughout the day. It syncs with both my phone and my tablet via bluetooth, so no matter where I am I can upload my data to the web. I love the fact that it also syncs with MFP. I think that you should go with the BodyMedia...it has over 90% accuracy.
  3687835
April 24, 2013 2:29 PM
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I have a body media, and I really like it. It can be a bit obvious when I wear it, but I don't mind. I have even had students ask me what it was, and I will explain what it does and they think it's pretty cool! I really don't give a rats @ss what people think of it when I wear it...It has become a part of me in a sense that I wear it daily, and I barely know that it's there. It has NOT left indents on my arm, and I have been wearing it for quite some time. I really like that I can get a semi-accurate calorie count. It is 90% accurate. I can deduct or add 10% from my totals and at least find an accurate range.

^This

Except I haven't had anyone ask me what it is on my arm (not that I'd mind if someone did as I'm not self conscious). I also like that I can put the device in my bra when I'm being sedentary or am dressing up and don't want the armband as an accessory :P readings are pretty close to when I wear it on my arm.

My main reservation about the fitbit was the size. It's tiny size is not a positive for me, too paranoid I'd lose it somehow *shrug*

FYI - the BodyMedia requires a monthly subscription to use their site (around $7) but if you buy it through Costco, the first 12 months are included.
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April 24, 2013 2:29 PM
I love my BMF and have had it for 2 years (I started with the BodyBugg). I have read some of the posts about it being clunky and visible...mine has never bothered me at all. I wear it all the time; playing baseball every weekend and even during a ridiculous obstacle course event (I wrapped the portion of my arm with saran wrap and medical tape to keep it dry). It was never a concern if it was visible or not, but it is mostly hidden by my shirts sleeves. Plus they now have a line of stickers you can buy to jazz it up.
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April 24, 2013 2:35 PM
I think it all depends on your personality. I have a fitbit, and I've worn it everyday since I bought it. I'm not overly obsessed with it, I like to check it every now and then, if its low, I'll walk to the train station instead of getting the underground. But I'm not so obsessed I check it all the time.
After reading this I almost thought I should have got the bodymedia, but I think it would take over my life! I love my fitbit because it gives enough information to keep me on track, but not so much that it would drive me crazy.

If I were you, I would think about how much information you need to suit your personality. If you like general go fitbit, if you like precision go for the bodymedia.

That's all I can offer for advice I'm afraid. Good luck! happy

P.S. I sync my fitbit to my iPad and then go onto MFP and it will update it within a minute or so.
Also, it won't register if you use a bike, so wearing it in the gym isn't much use if you use a bike.
Edited by Lois_1989 On April 24, 2013 3:21 PM
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April 24, 2013 2:38 PM
I'm sure by now you have enough information to go on but here's my take.

I had a BMF for 30 days. I liked how it tracked my activity levels throughout the day it but the one thing I wanted it to do was to calculate my HR during the day and my workouts. BMF ONLY supports GARMIN products. I did a lot of research and was told by both GARMIN and BMF that this one specific chest strap would work. Sadly, it did not. I would have had to purchase the wristband as well for it to work and that was going to cost over $150+ or more.
Long and short of it I returned it. I didn't see paying anymore more money to make this thing work and then turn around and have to pay BMF's monthly fee for monitorinig everything for you.

Instead, I bought a ZEPHYER HR band from Amazon and downloaded ENDOMONDO (which syncs with MFP) and it does what i want it to do. And the App is not expensive. Its free but to enjoy all the features its like $20 a year.

Good luck

Superdave
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April 24, 2013 2:54 PM
I have had a fitbit for about 2 months now & love it!! I also have an older Polar F4 with a chest strap that I use for workouts that aren't walk/run oriented. I love that the fitbit doesn't have a subscription fee for its site,unless you want the premier membership, I like the small size and I can wear it all day,even at work, where we aren't allowed electronic devices on the floor,because I can hide it in my bra :). I've worn my fitbit while wearing my hrm to test how accurate the calorie burn is for walking & running & I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was actually quite accurate.

Its definately a personal preference though.
  74987
April 24, 2013 4:26 PM
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Did you follow the instructions on the HRM?? Wet the strap, etc...?

My dad always says HRMs were hard for him to use because they don't trasmit well for him. It's not the HRM's fault, it's the person's body haha.


Yep, followed all the instructions, contacted Polar and they are sending a new transmitter, so we will see :)
  13831391
April 24, 2013 4:46 PM
I've used the Fitbit One for six months and wear it every day. Because it synchs with My Fitness Pal (MFP), I enter food, exercise and weight on MFP and the info is shared between MFP and Fitbit. MFP is a FREE site and has a terrific food database (better in my opinion than the Fitbit one) and their mobile site is much better than the Fitbit one. The Fitbit is easy to wear everyday and unobtrusive; you can clip it inside or outside your clothing. Unlike a pedometer, you don't have to wear it in a certain place on your body. I love to look at my progress throughout the day and be motivated to move more. I would not consider a device that cost a monthly fee; the Fitbit site is free at basic level, so even if you didn't want to use MFP, you would have access to a free site to enter your data.
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April 24, 2013 10:38 PM
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I've used the Fitbit One for six months and wear it every day. Because it synchs with My Fitness Pal (MFP), I enter food, exercise and weight on MFP and the info is shared between MFP and Fitbit. MFP is a FREE site and has a terrific food database (better in my opinion than the Fitbit one) and their mobile site is much better than the Fitbit one. The Fitbit is easy to wear everyday and unobtrusive; you can clip it inside or outside your clothing. Unlike a pedometer, you don't have to wear it in a certain place on your body. I love to look at my progress throughout the day and be motivated to move more. I would not consider a device that cost a monthly fee; the Fitbit site is free at basic level, so even if you didn't want to use MFP, you would have access to a free site to enter your data.


But the subs ription fee firbBMF is peanuts. I think well worth it for the extra data and accuracy.
  482223
April 24, 2013 10:45 PM
I've owned both. I MUCH prefer the fitbit for two reasons
#1 - discretion... I'm not keen on wearing a band on my arm if I'm in a dress... and I like to wear my tracking device everywhere!
#2 - subscription... I hated paying for a subscription to USE what I've already bought! So, fitbit wins my vote!
April 25, 2013 5:30 AM
I just posted this picture in a new thread, but here are my results over the past ~2.5 months by eating about 400-500 calories fewer than the Fitbit says I've burned:

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Seems like it's got to be pretty accurate with results like that, don't you think?
Edited by jonnythan On April 25, 2013 5:31 AM
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