I think I may be in the market for one of these trackers soon, do any of them come without the plan that you also have to pay for though?
I have the bodymedia and really like it. It does require a membership but the first 3 months are free with purchase and it's only $6.95 per month or so if you sign up for 12 months. I found that I was burning more than I thought and was able to up my cals. I am working on losing a little more around my middle and doing weight training so want a smaller deficit. This has helped me figure out better where I am at.
There's one called a fitbit which is more stylish and you don't have to pay for the software unless you get the premium one. It works differently though and I'm not sure if it's as accurate. I'm getting one for Xmas so we'll see how it goes.
I have a polar, the watch & then band that u wear but haven't rly tried to fig it out or used it much.. let me know how it goes after xmas!
These devices intrigue me.
In the Fitbit customer reviews on Amazon, I found something interesting by a person who wore both for five days. I've pasted it in below. The difference in calories burned seems quite large - around 400-500 cal/day, equivalent to a solid hour of exercise.
The price may be good, but not if the data is bad. I'm going to look for more testing of the Fitbit (and the BodyBugg) before spending any money on either.
You might want to make use of your Polar before getting another gadget.
"Here are some comparisons:
10/14/2011------5hrs 4min----5hrs 4min
10/15/2011------3hrs 56min---6hrs 14min (may be how I started counter on fitbit) 10/16/2011------5hrs 8min----5hrs 37min
10/17/2011------4hrs 59min---5hrs 21min
10/18/2011------4hrs 57min---4hrs 48min"
Hubby and me got a fitbit. It's pretty nice. I just wear it clipped on my bra. Records my steps, stairs taken (altometer), can record your sleep pattern (how many timse you wake up, how long you sleep, how long it took you to get asleep), gives you a breakdown of your activity on a daily basis (how many minutes sedentary, lightly active, mod active, very active), shows me how many calories I burned (RMR included), gives you badges for "daily goals" (5k or 10k steps) and "milestones" (50 miles).
I got it over the bodybug and those other toys because I really didnt want to pay a subscription.
Keep in mind that the polar hrm is only meant to be used while exercising - the burn reports that it gives when you are at a normal heart rate will not be particularly accurate.
And that is why I haven't used my polar much! lol! Thank u all for your input it is so very helpful! : )
There is another one-it's called NewYu. I haven't seen any reviews yet, I think it was just released this fall. I've been wanting to get a calorie monitoring device too, but it's difficult to find the data to determine which one is the most accurate. If anyone can find this, let me know.