Metabolism is a complex phenomenon. So complex science does not fully understand it.
That said, the Bodybugg system boasts greater than 90% accuracy for reporting calories burned. Pretty cool.
The system includes an armband that you wear each day. This is the device that measures how many calories you burn through the use of multiple sensors. This is combined with a computer-based food journal system, which allows you to compare calories burned with calories consumed. Again, pretty cool.
Apparently, Bodybugg has been featured on The Biggest Loser. I wouldn’t know, I don’t watch it. (Why sit around watching other people achieve things when you could be out achieving your own goals?) The system is sold through 24 Hour Fitness and Apex Fitness. If you do decide to use Bodybugg, it is my recommendation to steer clear of most Apex Fitness products.
The reality of the situation is this; the Bodybugg’s best use is as an accountability tool. If finding out how many calories you’ve burned each day helps you stick to your diet (and it very well may) then Bodybugg may be a useful tool for you. But, by far, the most important aspect of weight loss results is the calories you consume. A food journal is great for this. There is one included with the Bodybugg (for the first 6 months) and you can find these free on the internet. We like FitDay.com and NutriDiary.com.
I view the Bodybugg as a cool toy, but definitely not a necessity for weight loss. If you have some extra cash and you’re the type of person who would enjoy analyzing your caloric balance, Bodybugg is for you. If you’re just looking to lose weight, use an online food journal and get to work following the recommendations in S.P.E.E.D.