Body Bugg


  • Jan 14, 2009 4:59 PM GMT
    Has anyone ever used the body bugg? Dose it really help with calorie counting and monitoring?

    It kinda feels like a gimmick.......icon_question.gif
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    Feb 15, 2009 8:38 PM GMT
    I have been considering getting one and its on my wish list. They use them on the Biggest Loser. One of the trainers from the show recommended it during an online chat he did.

    As far as I know the machine itself does not help with calorie counting other than the amount of calories you burned. On the show the contestants keep track of the food they eat on the body bug website.

    I like the idea of wearing it all day, and seeing how my activity levels fluctuated during the day. I think it would also be good for monitoring the intensity of your workouts. I wish I could rent one for a few weeks to give it a try.

    The question is, what does the body bugg provide that a regular heart rate monitor doesn't? I haven't done much research on that.
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    Feb 15, 2009 9:16 PM GMT
    If you look on the right arm of my photo, you can see the body bugg. I have a very mixed relationship with it. First, I think it's accurate, but it's hard to upkeep. It's not so bad at first when you're into it, but after a few weeks it loses the charm. You see, you have to wear it all the time-- except in water. Never in water! And it knows when you take it off? Why? Because aside from the general profile you have online, when you upload your data, you have to account for all the time you didn't wear it.

    Which brings me to my next issue. The website. When you buy it, you usually get a 3-6 month subscription to their website. You have to use the website. Unless you buy the watch, which you can directly upload your HR, calorie count, steps taken, and hours active onto, the body bugg is useless. It doesn't project your information. You have to upload it on the website and the website based on all the vitals the body bugg records will tell you how much you burned. Pluses of the website is that you can see your calories, steps take, HR, etc... all graphed out throughout the day. Negatives are that you have to pay for it after the subscription and the food bank. You see, the body bugg only tells you how much you burned, not how much you consumed. You have to manually enter your food, and even though their food bank is so inclusive that it covers everything, it's a chore to have to do it. I ended up skipping because the body bugg said I burned between 5000 and 8000 calories a day, and I don't consume that much.

    When you buy it, you get a free personal training session, which can be helpful to understanding how it works. They will walk you through the site. My thing with the body bugg is that the science is wrong. Yes, 3500 calories is a pound. But if you only consume 2000 calories a day, their website will say you burned 1500 calories a day, which is 3 pounds a week. Hate to break it to you, but your body doesn't work that way. If your body is too short on calories, it goes into starvation mode and doesn't burn as efficiently. I could burn 5000 calories a day and still not lose weight because my body knew that it wouldn't replenish all those calories. Not to mention their is muscle fatigue and that your body becomes more efficient at burning with time so you lose less.

    I think the body bugg is great for a month, but after that it's pointless. You kinda always end up burning the same amount day to day, so after a month, you don't get told anything you wouldn't know. I didn't even upload for my last month. Plus, I got really bad arm pain from wearing it too long. My suggestion is to see if you can buy one used, or just borrow one for a few weeks. It will serve its purpose in that short time. My personal trainer works for 24, the gym who whores out the body bugg, and she would never wear one. I asked her why, and she said, "Because it's my job to tell you how you're doing, not a little machine. Beside, it doesn't make you lose weight, training with me does." So true Shar! After all, the body bugg is just a tool, and like a HR monitor, it doesn't actually do anything than measure things. If you had to choose, spend the money on personal training or a new pair of bike shoes and HR monitor, those things will last a lot longer and will contribute to weight loss.

    Feel free to ask me anything else I might have left out.
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    Feb 15, 2009 9:17 PM GMT
    There is a lot of product placement on that show. Extra sugar free gum, 24 Hour Fitness, Ziploc Steam bags, etc. These are paid placements.

    I'm certain Body Bugg is also a paid placement. That's not to say it doesn't do what it's supposed to, but the trainers are endorsing it because they have a financial interest (if not a contractual obligation) to endorse it.

    I do think it's an interesting product, but until it can automatically calculate both calories you've ingested and calories you've burned, there's still a lot of manual calculation you have to do.

    I've tried using Fitday to track calories before and it takes a bit of effort and dedication to enter all the information it requires. Body Bugg seems pretty similar in that way.
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    Feb 15, 2009 9:33 PM GMT
    Wow, thanks for all that, calibro.

    Global_Citizen, I tried keeping a food diary on Spark People for about two weeks then I got annoyed by it. I hated all the guess work. I'll have to keep that in mind if I get serious about the body bugg.
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    Feb 15, 2009 9:34 PM GMT
    i used to work at 24 hour when they first introduced them, and i always thought they were retarded.