|Gorgeous sweat stain
but the armband stayed on.
As a preface:
What is the Body Media Fit system/device?
First of all, the Body Media Web site is highly informative as to how it does what it does. I suggest looking at it.
The long of the short of it is that there are gnomes inside the unit that count how many calories you burn, how many steps you take, and how efficiently you sleep. Those gnomes report to the gnomes inside the Body Media Fit Activity Manger Web interface. You report your food intake to the Web gnomes. A separate gnome who is very smart crunches the numbers and gives you an indication of how balanced your diet is, how active you are, and how well you sleep.
What are the Body Media Fit components?
There are three parts to the system: the armband (this does all the measurements); the optional display unit (which displays calories burned, steps taken, activity levels and the time for today, yesterday, your goal, and a trip monitor); and the Web interface, the Body Media Activity Manager. The whole system is available on the Body Media site for about $260. You can get the system on other sites, like Amazon.com for about the same.
Is the arm band comfortable to wear?
Are you finding it helpful for staying on track and accountable?
Yes, and no. I'll say this -- you have to be motivated to do the work. You have to get to the gym. You have to record your food intake. When I'm motivated to do both of those things, the Body Media Fit system definitely makes recording everything super easy and straight forward.
However, the Body Media Fit system isn't a drill sergeant, nor is it a task master. It will not send electrical shocks through my body when I've neglected to log a meal. It will not set off an annoying air horn when I haven't made it to a gym. In sum, it's helpful, but you have to want to be held accountable.
Do you use the subscription program it talked about?
Yes I do. I've talked to many people who use the BodyBugg software, and the consensus is that the Body Media Fit online application is much easier to set up and use. AND hold on to your pants here -- they're getting SMART!
Do you have to?
It is more than just helpful. It has been instrumental in turning my life around. My brother and I even got one for my dad. My boss got systems for himself, his wife, and his brother. I recommend it and explain it to everyone who asks about acquiring the system for themselves.
I cannot encourage people do purchase one enough. If you are serious and are ready to commit to this process (weight loss, weight gain, health gain, etc.), the Body Media Fit system is the first step I'd recommend.
We all know that weight management and a healthy lifestyle is more than just numbers (emotions and psychology play a large part in all of this), but you cannot deny that the numbers play a huge part in all of this as well. The Body Media Fit system helps you to separate the emotions from the facts.
From people in bars:
1. No, it is not a SCRAM device.
2. And no, it cannot detect alcohol intake (but you should put it in your food log).
3. No, I haven't worn it while having sex.
4. I haven't committed a violent felony (yet) and this is not a condition of my parole.
5. No, there isn't someone in the crowd with a remote that will shock me.
6. It can't play MP3s (but you can clip the new iPod Nano or the Shuffle on the armband).
7. You want me to do jumping jacks? In heels? Fine. Yep. 5 calories.
Yep... send me an email, or a DM on twitter (@fatgirlvsworld) and I'll answer them!
*Disclaimer 1: I'm not an employee for Body Media, I am just a user of its products. The opinions represented herein are solely that of FatGirlvsWorld, not Body Media Fit.