Six weeks ago, I received a BodyMedia Fit Core armband to test out and review here on Jersha & Dup. The BodyMedia Fit Core is a fitness gadget that assists in weight loss by showing you exactly how many calories you burn and how many you consume. Then, you can see whether you’re at a deficit (losing weight) or a surplus (gaining weight). The device retails for $119.99 with a $6.95/month monitoring subscription.
BodyMedia Fit Core Overview
The actual device is small, about 2 inches wide and 1.5 inches tall and half an inch thick at its thickest point. The device snaps into an strap and you put it on your upper left arm. The device is designed to be worn all day long (up to 23 hours per day), not just while you’re working out and then you plug it into your computer via USB to upload the data and charge the device.
Once the data is uploaded, your internet browser opens a page with all the data displayed in user-friendly format. You see how many calories you’ve burned thus far in the day, you can input what you’ve eaten, it shows how much sleep you got the night before, how many steps you’ve walked and how many minutes of exercise you’ve gotten. All of this data is important for weight loss and even for weight gain or maintaining weight. The amount of calories burned and calories consumed are compared and if you have a surplus over the course of a week or even a couple days, you’ll likely gain weight. If you have a deficit, you’ll likely lose weight. If your numbers are the same, your weight will likely stay the same.
My Review of the BodyMedia Fit Core
I have to admit, I didn’t really like the armband at first. It was tight, uncomfortable and awkward. When I tried to sleep with it on the first night, I pulled it off in my sleep (even my subconscious hated it). After awhile, I realized that the strap was just too tight and I had it at its biggest size. So, I ordered a large strap (cost around $13, I believe). It took a few days to arrive but when it did, it made all the difference. I had gotten somewhat used to the tight strap but was much more comfortable wearing the large one. Most of the time, I forget that I’m even wearing it.
As far as the software goes, I definitely feel like it’s worth the $6.95/month but I do feel that the food section is a bit lacking. I often found myself manually inputting calories from yogurt containers, cereal boxes, even string cheese packages because the items I chose to eat were not in the system and the ones that were similar had higher or lower calorie counts. I could have used the ones already in the system but I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I wanted my calorie count to be as accurate as possible.
I did have some trouble getting the device to get accurate information when doing certain exercise. One of the biggest problems was with using my stationary bike. For some reason, the device said that I burned much less calories than I expected. After reading the FAQs, I found that I could try moving the armband down and rotate the device out (away from my body). I gave that a shot and I noticed a slight increase in calories burned while using the bike but I still felt like it wasn’t accurate. I searched on Google to see if anyone else had that problem and found that putting the device on the calf seemed to work out better. I tried that and I definitely think it did the trick. You can see the calories burned for 20 minutes of biking below.
You’re probably wondering if the BodyMedia Fit Core helped me lose weight, right? It absolutely did! In the six weeks that I wore the armband, I lost over 8 pounds. Now this may not seem like a lot but let me tell you a little secret – I didn’t even try the first few weeks. It was mostly just me getting used to the device and there were days where I had nearly 1000 calorie surpluses in the beginning. Those days helped me sit down and realize just how much junk I was putting in my body. I revamped my eating and once I started using the device as intended (to help lose weight and stay on track of a diet and exercise plan), the pounds just fell off.
The Bottom Line
I am definitely impressed with the BodyMedia Fit Core and I feel that it is worth the price tag. It takes a lot of the guesswork out of weight loss and it can help you find out why you’re not losing weight – not enough sleep, too many calories, not enough calories, not enough exercise, etc. I am even considering buying an armband for Phillip because A – he’s totally jealous of mine and B – he wants to lose weight too. I will definitely do an update in a few months so you can see how much weight I lose using the BodyMedia Fit Core.