I’ve been using my BodyBugg for seven days now, so I thought I would share how it has been going. Let’s rewind to day one…at the beginning the software asks you a whole series of questions to get an idea of your body type, eating habits, and fitness level. Then you enter your height and weight (there is also an option to put in all of your body measurements, which I havent gotten around to taking and entering yet). You then set a goal (gain weight, lose weight, get fitter). Based on all the information you input into the system, and how fast you want to reach your goal, BodyBugg sets a calorie burn, and intake, level for each day. Basically, the BodyBugg is based on the good ol’ fashioned idea that you have to burn more calories every day than you take in to lose weight. You have a certain calorie deficit you should be aiming for on a daily basis.
I wear the arm band all day everyday (except for sleeping and in the shower). It tracks my movement, heart rate, sweat level, and temperature as I sit at my desk, workout, do laundry, or lounge on the couch. I log all of my food manually into the phone app or my computer.
So far it has been amazing. It’s so cool to see how many calories I am actually burning during various workouts. My calorie intake goal for each day has also been eye-opening. I’ve learned that when you are conscious about what you eat, you can stretch those calories pretty far. I am more conscious than ever of portion size.
You definitely have to figure out what your priorities are. I’ve been able to enjoy one or two cocktails (ok, three) over the weekend by simply eating reasonably throughout the day. Has it been a cake walk the whole time? No, there were a few days at the start that I felt very hungry in between meals. I had to learn what to eat, and when to eat, to maximize every calorie I was consuming.
Have I lost weight? Definitely (I’m not going to do an official weigh-in till the end of week two). Mostly I feel so much better and that’s what’s most important to me (remember healthy > skinny).
Each night I do a data dump from the arm band onto my computer and it tells me what my stats for the day are.
Check it out some of my days so far…
Day 3 – Saturday, May 26
Activity – P90X Plyometrics (burned up to 10 cal/min)
Consumed 1,512 calories, Burned 2,488 calories
Day 4 – Sunday, May 27
Activity – 3.5 mile run, 10 min/mile pace (hilly and 80 degrees, burned up to 12.8 cal/min)
Consumed 1,318 calories, Burned 2,652 calories
Day 6 – Wednesday, May 30 (shown on iPhone app)
Activity – Lunch time walk, 45 minute circuit workout (jump rope, strength training, calisthenics)
Consumed 1,377 calories, Burned 2,262 calories
So far this has been just what I needed to kick-start a healthy lifestyle recharge. I already had the workout part down and now BodyBugg has shown me the path to getting the eating part right as well. No, I’m not doing public weigh-ins, and I don’t have a consultant to answer to, but I have to face the one person I want to disappoint the least…myself.
One week down!