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May 20, 2013 11:22 PM
Looking at buying a Fitbit, so the most basic question to anyone who has one is was it worth the money?

The next question is which one would you buy?

From poking around online, the FitBit Flex looks really good, but I'd love to hear from real uses their thoughts.

May 20, 2013 11:32 PM
Depends. Mine is worth it to me. Tells me when I need to get off my booty and get moving. It's basically a fancy pedometer. So if you don't do a lot of walking/running or don't want to track steps and every day movement then it's not for you. It doesn't track strength training well. But if you're looking for something to motivate you to move and give you an idea of your daily activity it is great. I have the older model - the Ultra so I don't know much about the newer 3 models...
May 20, 2013 11:42 PM
I have fitbit one, had a fitbit ultra before that. To me it's worth it. I've used it for nearly a year now. I try to reach my step goal every day and it encourages me to move more during the day, as well as giving a good estimate of my TDEE.
May 20, 2013 11:44 PM
Do a search. There are loads of posts on this. The f,ex is quite new so not so many on that bloom at the Bodymedia fit too which is more accurate.
May 20, 2013 11:55 PM
I got the fitbit zip a few weeks ago and I love it! It fits anywhere and I don't need to recharge it :)
May 21, 2013 12:08 AM
I've had the Fitbit Flex for about 2 weeks now and I like it. I'm a sloth and it does make me want to walk more. I love the alarm feature, it gently vibrates on your wrist at whatever time you set it for. I wear it for days straight, it's very comfortable. And it syncs with MFP.
May 21, 2013 12:18 AM
I have the fitbit zip and I try to hit 10000 steps a day although on some days i forget to wear it!

I find the calorie burn on the fitbit overestimated tho.

Walked for 40 mins at 3mph which according to MFP Burns abt 150 cals but on my fitbit shows 321 cals! So I just track my steps on it
May 21, 2013 12:23 AM
If you're looking for a pedometer it's the best one IMO. It's reliable, accurate and it's super compact so you can clip it anywhere on you and it won't be bothersome. I used mine for a few weeks and it definitely makes you more aware of how many steps you're taking throughout the day and gets you up and walking around. One night I was literally doing laps in my kitchen just because I wanted to reach my daily goal. I would definitely recommend it for someone who is relatively sedentary to begin with and looking to walk more as walking is a great tool for weight loss, but if you're already active and work out regularly then you'll probably get a kick out of it to begin with but ultimately it may not be worth the money which is basically what happened to me. I haven't used it in months but it's nice to have on hand I guess, haha. If you get it definitely get the FitBit One.
May 21, 2013 1:50 AM
Thank you all for your input, I really appreciate it flowerforyou

Let me fill in some more blanks about myself, for those that do not know me.

I started to lose weight (again) a few years ago, I was 136Kg/300lbs. I got back in to cycling and watched what I ate. I took me some time but I got down to about 108Kg/238lbs. Then life once again got in the way and I fell off the wagon, I was well back on track again and then my wife got very sick. She is much better now and it is time get my stuff together again. I'm back up to 126Kg/278lbs and I really hate it. I had a pedometer, got one with a lit armband I bought for walking at night and it worked OK but I'd often forget to wear it, or forget to reset it and then I finally lost it. sad This is one reason why I thought the Fitbit Flex might be great, just wear it like an armband.
When I ride my bike I have either a Cateye cycling computer or a Polar cycling computer with a HRM. I also use an app on my iPhone when I cycle to keep track of the ride, so the fitbit would be more as something to give me an idea of how much I'm moving on a daily basis. I'm not worried about strength training, as I lift heavy cases of beer at work all day long.

I've not done any research on any other fitbit like armband units, I guess I should do that.

Thanks again.
May 21, 2013 2:05 AM
I looked into the Nike Fuel and Up bands but somehow gravitated towards the Flex. I preordered it earlier this year and it just came out a few weeks ago. It's very comfortable, they send you both a small and large armband. It syncs automatically to the Fitbit page when it's 15 feet from your phone or computer screen, so I do check on it at work often. I love the alarm like I said. You can wear it in the shower and supposedly in the water up to 10 meters, I haven't tried that yet.
May 21, 2013 2:21 AM
I used a Fitbit for nearly a year as I was losing the bulk of my weight and it was an indispensable item. Because I do mostly weight training now, it's packed away in a box. However, when I used it, I loved it.
May 21, 2013 3:40 AM

I have the fitbit zip and I try to hit 10000 steps a day although on some days i forget to wear it!

I find the calorie burn on the fitbit overestimated tho.

Walked for 40 mins at 3mph which according to MFP Burns abt 150 cals but on my fitbit shows 321 cals! So I just track my steps on it

Was that EXTRA calories on the fitbit. The fit it includes calories burnt just by being alive to but MFP I think would just be the e tra exercise calories.
May 21, 2013 3:48 AM
I got a zip less than a month ago, as I wanted to switch from a 1200 cal diet to TDEE based diet. It has changed my life! it is motivating to move, to walk, to run, I wear it all day long, even at nights when I am at night shifts.
I don´t consider calories burnt overestimated, but MFP underestimated instead; the truth, over or underestimated, is that I am losing weight again after a 2 month plateau, and my zip encouraged me.
I have never used any other, so I cannot write about them. One would be fine if you need to track your sleep or are curious about your steps, it is said
May 21, 2013 3:48 AM
I use my Fitbit as a nice estimate of my TDEE and to get an idea of what I do on a daily basis. I've found it to be a wonderful motivational tool - turns out I love to compete against myself, who knew! I have the One which I like because it does additional things to the Flex like measure when you are walking up stairs (and I take the stairs to my office 90% of the time), and I just prefer the small and discreet size. I clip it on to my bra and forget. I've had it since December last year, and I've only forgotten to wear it one day - and man did I feel like a part of me was missing that day!! :P

I don't find that my Fitbit overestimates my calorie burn - it seems to be as accurate as one could expect from a pedometer that is relying on the information you give it and generic averages to calculate your activity level. I would definitely recommend it, it's a really great tool and fun too, if you are like me and into geeky things like looking at your step activity for a day and all the stats around it!
May 21, 2013 3:50 AM
For what it's worth, I have a Nike Fuel Band and love it. I try to meet my step goal and my Nike Fuel goal every day. It doesn't measure things like cycling though.... unless I put it on my shoe...then it does. Good device have had since March.
May 21, 2013 3:51 AM
I have a fitbit zip and I love it! It clips to my bra and I can't feel it. It syncs to my phone and computer and I get reminders of how much farther to my daily goal. I get a weekly report emailed to me that tells me how many miles I've walked and my calorie deficit.
Yeah it's just a pedometer but I find reaching goals satisfying and encouraging to move more!
May 21, 2013 3:53 AM
Definitely worth it!! I have the One and it's awesome!
May 21, 2013 4:04 AM
I have the Flex and for me it's great. I was stuck at 123 for about three weeks, and the first few days of having the flex I lost a pound. I try and go by the calorie counter on the app rather then MFP, but still log everything through here.
May 21, 2013 4:12 AM
I use the Fitbit zip and it is amazing. I never have to worry about my calorie count when I'm on it and it also tracks everyday activity as well. The calorie count is not overestimated because you enter your own body metrics and it calculates based on that as well as heart rate. It also encourages you to get your steps in and will let you know how far you are from your 10000 step goal. One the best investments I could have ever made. I have lost 65 pounds using it since Thanksgiving and have not had a plateau.
May 21, 2013 4:12 AM
Completely worth it - just a matter of what one - these two sources will help:
May 21, 2013 4:18 AM
I have a Nike Fuelband and I basically bought it knowing that it was just a fancy pedometer. But.. I have worn it for 21 days now and I am hooked. It tells me to get off my butt and move From what I have heard the fitbit does the same thing.

What I think everyone finds with any of these devices is that instead of seeing 5 minutes as a time to sit down and "veg" you can use that time to burn more calories and keep the metabolism going.

I find myself parking farther away from stores, using the stairs instead of the elevator, looking at household chores in a whole new light.
May 21, 2013 4:33 AM
After reading this, I've decided I'm going to buy one, although I'm debating over a zip or the one. The one is obviously the best but not sure if I can justify £80!
May 21, 2013 4:40 AM

After reading this, I've decided I'm going to buy one, although I'm debating over a zip or the one. The one is obviously the best but not sure if I can justify £80!

I love the silent alarm feature, to me it was worth the extra for that. Being able to wake up early without shocking alarm bleeps is much nicer. I also like the altimeter feature as it does encourage me to take the stairs more often.
May 21, 2013 4:50 AM
I have the One. I love that I can see my numbers (the flex is just dots until you look at it online to see the stats). I have it connected to mFP so it will add (or take away) calories based on how much I walk. I have been eating what it says and I am losing consistently (5lbs this past month). My tDEE estimate was very close to what fitbit is saying. I suggest to everyone!
May 21, 2013 4:51 AM
I reviewed the Ultra here and I have a one now and I love it loads. Motivates me to move more.


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