I have to say that this is the most impressive part of the Bodymedia Fit to me. I am an awful sleeper. I love sleep in theory, but my mind is usually busy processing the day that I can easily take 2 hours to go to sleep. I envy those people that close their eyes and just fall asleep. I think it's awesome that this device knows when I'm laying down and can distinguish that from sleeping. Occasionally I notice that it's giving me credit for sleeping for 5 minutes when I know I was just laying there. Sleep is denoted in the bottom part of the picture. Black is when I'm sleeping, and gray is when I'm just laying there. Yes, I'm a crappy sleeper. If I get a 3 hour block of sleep once during a night, it's a freaking miracle. Moving on....
BodyMedia Fit tells me that I should get 45 minutes of exercise per day. It breaks it down further by moderate and vigorous, and in the app it's clearly delineated. I kick butt in this area. I routinely get to 2 hours per day or more. The Bodymedia Fit calculates this not by heart rate but by skin galvanization (sweat) and temperature. So if you're on stage for six hours (as I was last week), you might be given credit for exercise when you might not have technically been exercising. But if you're still burning additional calories, does it necessarily matter what you're doing?
The food tracker is unduly finicky and requires (needless) drilling down to record info. I prefer Lose It or My Fitness Pal, but I'm trying to use this one to keep everything consolidated.
The Bodymedia Fit is also a pedometer.
I put into the Bodymedia Fit that I want to lose 2 pounds per week. (Aim high!) It calculated that I will burn about 2,000 calories a day without activity. It is aiming to create a 1,000 calorie per day deficit (x7 days / 3,500 calories in a pound = 2 lbs per week) by upping my exercise to burn an additional 500 calories per day and lowering my eating calories by 500 calories per day. I tend to hit close to my calorie burn but eat more calories than I should. Story. Of. My. Life.
My Conclusions About Myself
After almost two weeks of nearly continuous wear (and 2.4 pound weight loss), here are my (not so stunning) conclusions that I now have data to support:
- I am a crappy sleeper.
- I eat more than I should.
- I get a decent amount of exercise.