Armed with data, she becomes a instrument of her own success...

So raise your hand if you've seen "The Biggest Loser."  Have you noticed the armbands they wear?  On the show they're call...

So raise your hand if you've seen "The Biggest Loser."  Have you noticed the armbands they wear?  On the show they're called the Body Bugg.  I got a similar device (made by the same company) called The GoWear Fit

I wear this armband 23 out of 24 hours a day.  It tracks my calories burned (90% accuracy), my steps taken (95% accuracy), moderate and vigorous activity (for instance, walking vs. jogging/running), as well as my sleep patterns.  Coupled with the information that I enter on the Activity Manager, such as my height, weight, daily nutrition info, and any exercise done when I don't have the armband on (such as swimming), I get a very accurate picture of my life. 

The summary basically wants to show if I'm running a calorie surplus (gaining weight) or a calorie defecit (losing weight). But eventually I can look at trends, if I'm getting complete nutrition, if i need to revise my sleeping habits, if I need to ramp up my activity levels.  It really takes much of the guesswork out of weight loss. There is a fudge factor when it comes to the nutrition info, but the internet is full of Web sites that compile nutrition info if I can't find something on the activity manager (they don't have all the chain restaurants, so a place like CalorieKing.com is helpful).

I also bought Dr. Huizenga's book "Where Did All the Fat Go".  The book explains the diets that the contestants on The Biggest Loser are put on (with a large part dedicated to what happened to the at-home contestants during Season 3 of TBL). What I found most interesting in the book was just about how delusional some people are about their health -- self-reporting vs. the tests. Most of the obese people on his show had no idea just how sick they were.  This is why I have my yearly physicals, put all of my blood test results into one spreadsheet, and try to get my doctors to talk to each other.

So this wasn't a review of the GoWear Fit inasmuch as I wanted to let you know where I'm at.  So far so good, but I hope to meet with a dietitian soon to discuss the info I've gathered and the direction I want to go.

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