Today's blogpost is about an increasingly popular item that revolutionized how we track fitness. The FitBit device is made to track your daily steps, and when posted on your dashboard, can help you count calories to reach your weight-loss goal. The program features stair counts, a heart rate monitor, and a sleep tracker.
I purchased the zip because it is the least exensive of the devices offered and I only wanted to count calories. I use sync my FitBit with the app MyFitnessPal which records my meals and subtracts the burned calories tracked by the FitBit steps. I have been using the product for about a year now, so I hope you will find my experience useful when you consider purchasing the device.
Some of the benefits include the internal.l calorie calculator. I found this most useful because I was getting credit for my exercise and allowed me to better track the calories that I was eating and burning. This made eating within my range SO much easier. I was no longer eating less than I should have. Another pro is how easy it is to use. You simply clip it on and go. It's sensitive to movement, so it knows the difference between when you're running and when you are driving your car. To sync, just turn on your Bluetooth and open the app on you mobile device.
I really enjoy using the device but a major downfall that I have experienced with FitBit is the added pressure to lose weight. I've learned from yo-yo dieting that weight-loss is a lifestyle change, and the weight does not come off overnight. The FitBit dashboard compares the steps you have taken with that of others on a ranking list. I was chronically behind the daily runners, and it didn't help my confidence. Also, the dashboard has a meter that tells you when you should be eating and when you have had too much. With a busy lifestyle, I found it to be most difficult conforming the meal times prescribed by the application. I decided to take a break from FitBit.
Today, I still use my FitBit but in a way that empowers me and works will my weight-loss goal. I no longer use the FitBit dashboard to log my progress. MyFitnessPal is my go-to for my calorie tracker. It also has a great community of supporters on various stages of their weight goals. Let me know if you would like a full review of MyFitnessPal.
If you currently use FitBit, please leave a comment below describing your experience.