BodyBugg & SparkPeople

So last week I mentioned BodyBugg and Sparkpeople, if not I meant to!  Anyways it’s two items I highly recommend.  BodyBugg is a bit of a splurge but a phenomenal piece of equipment to have in your arsenal.

The bodybugg system uses a patented process to measure calorie burn.
The process is based on:

  • Motion: The armband contains an accelerometer that measures motion from multiple perspectives.
  • Steps: The accelerometer counts steps by measuring the distinct patterns created by running or walking.
  • Galvanic skin response: When you sweat, your skin becomes more electrically conductive. This measurement helps the device understand how active you are.
  • Skin temperature: There’s an electronic thermometer inside your armband that monitors how hot you are.
  • Heat flux: When you move, your muscles produce heat. Your armband measures the heat that’s flowing from your body into the environment

Unfornately the down side is after a couple of months you do have to pay a monthly fee in order to upload the information from the sensor to the online application.  I’ve personally had mine for 67 weeks now.  In the 67 weeks I’ve been on a bit of a weight loss roller coaster.  Due to my hamstring injury I haven’t used mine like I should have.  But I have to say the weeks I did use it I lost weight. It’s great to be able to see exactly how many calories I’ve burned.  Theres no guessing game.  Like I said, it’s a splurge item but highly recommended.

In fact here’s a snap shot of what the upload looks like online.

The second part to this is

It’s free!!  You can log your calories,  get weekly meal plans with a handy weekly shopping list provided.  I know my major complaint is I hate thinking about what to eat. If I think about it too much then I obsess about it. When I obsess about it then I make wrong choices.  If I have a plan then I can make better decisions.  Remember, everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial.  Sure I could eat 1700 calories worth of chips and Oreos but it’s not heart healthy and I can’t imagine that I would feel very good just eating that.    Sparkpeople is a nice tool that not only helps but educates as well.

How and Why is SparkPeople Free?

SparkPeople can be free because Chris Downie and his wife were very early eBay employees and are now using their earnings from its success to make the world a healthier place. This is their way to give back and help the world. Thousands of new people join every day and don’t pay a single penny. In fact, the majority of our new members join SparkPeople after hearing about it from their friends.

Another webiste  that I love but unfortunately I can only have so many splurges  is which is great and I highly recommend if you don’t mind spending the extra money.

With all that being said if you have any questions regarding the BodyBugg system please feel free to ask. I love mine.   Some people bedazzle the arm bands.  I’m not going there just yet.  However, in order to get healthy you don’t have to spend the money.  Remember as a general rule,  a mile is a 100 calories whether you walk it or jog it.

“I believe that the Good Lord gave us a finite number of heartbeats and I’m damned if I’m going to use up mine running up and down a street.  ~Neil Armstrong on jogging, in an interview with Walter Cronkite”

On a side note……..I had no sodas today!!  I really, truly believe that sodas make me crave stuff that I actually don’t want.