Ok I had some trouble logging on a few times but here I am.
I used my bugg for awhile and stopped but now I am using it full force.
So here is the deal. First off you have to have a fat wallet. The $399.00 price tag may stop most people. Me, eh well my buddy Visa or Mastercard (I forgot who was most generous to buy it for me) paid the tab (temporarily of course).
Second youhave to have a loosing home team to get you kick started (thanks Baltimore Ravens... you tried though).
Ok the website is myapex.com or bodybugg.com, whichever you prefer. They are going to start infomercialing this device next month so maybe it will be a bit cheaper.
You wear the device on your upper arm all day. You get used to it but you know its always there (big brother!). It really does make me think twice about what I put in my mouth. I know I have to be accountable to the web sit for everything I eat.
You get a login and a password for the site and have a main page where you have to input your consumed foods. The basics and some fast foods are in there. Some things I eat I have to manualy input the nutritional facts. It doesnt take long and once they are in they are stored to use again.
You can connect your device (cables are provided) to your computer for upload anytime you want. It uploads and tells you calories burned and steps walked. For my experience it is pretty accurate. I've been sticking to making sure I burn 1000 more calories than I shove in my mouth and have lost atleast 2 lbs a week (down 7 lbs since the first of the year but had a break cvause I was sick).
There is also a pie (mmmm I hope its apple or pumpkin!) in the nutrition section of the food you have consumed that shows your breakdown of protein, fat, and cabs so you can make sure you are doing I think 60/20/20 in no order.
Its by no means the answer, but a tool to aid you. I like it for what it does and it does help me stay on track.
There are also alot of documents and articles about an array of diet things for your reading enjoyment (on your work time of course!)
I will be happy to answer any questions if I can.
From their site:
The bodybugg™ is the most accurate device on the market today for measuring calorie expenditure outside of a clinical setting.
It utilizes a patented process for interpreting calorie burn called "sensor fusion" developed by BodyMedia, Inc. This process involves collecting a range of body-data using multiple physiological sensors instead of a single sensor, which is what other calorie estimation devices such as pedometers and heart rate monitors rely on. It's this multi-sensor approach that enables bodybugg™ to "see" the wearer's context (whether they are sitting, sleeping, jogging, walking, etc.) that makes bodybugg™ such a reliably accurate device for calorie expenditure estimation.
The Physiological Sensors
Here is a list of the sensors in the bodybugg™ followed by a short description of how they contribute to energy expenditure estimation.
Accelerometer - The accelerometer in bodybugg™ is a two-axis micro-electro-mechanical sensor (MEMS) device that measures motion. This motion can be mapped to forces (g-force) exerted on the body. By taking gravity and motion into account along with the other sensor data, the wearer's body context and true level of physical exertion can be accurately predicted.
Heat Flux - The bodybugg™ also contains a proprietary heat flux sensor located on the side that measures the amount of heat being dissipated by the body via a thermally resistant material. In short, this sensor measure how much heat the wearer's body is giving off. Heat flux is an important parameter because the body tends to heat up the faster it burns calories.
Galvanic Skin Response - Better known as GSR, this sensor is comprised of two "hypo-allergenic" stainless steel electrodes on the back of the armband that measure skin conductivity. Skin conductivity is how much an electrical current can pass between two points on the surface of the skin and is affected by sweat due to physical exertion as well as emotional stimuli such as psychological stress.
Skin Temperature - Skin temperature is measured by using a highly accurate thermistor-based sensor located on the back of the bodybugg™. Looking at continuous measurement of skin temperature in conjunction with data collected from the other sensors can reveal the body's core temperature trends which are affected by the level of a person's physical exertion or lack thereof.
The data these 4 sensors collect, in conjunction with the wearer's specific body parameters (age, gender, height, weight) enable the most accurate estimation of energy expenditure on the market today outside of a clinical setting.