Our article on how to lose weight fast and without exercise has been one of our most popular to date. Unsurprisingly, modern life comes with stress, lack of sleep and bad eating habits. This has led to an overweight population in most industrialised countries.
However, losing weight is a mystery for most people. Different people have different metabolisms and the exercise they take, the food they eat, the company they keep… makes for a complex interrelationship of factors. The upshot of which is that losing weight can be very difficult.
The BodyMedia Link Armband peels back some of the mystery by exploring what your body is actually doing each day with the calories it consumes. It does this by capturing over 5000 data points per minute, including: temperature, sweat, steps, and calories burned. This results in a more accurate account of how much you are burning. Even better, it measures the quality and length of sleep, which has an important impact on caloric consumption.
The armband device can be worn easily under clothes and can be periodically synced to a smartphone App via bluetooth. This allows you to check your stats in real-time. You need to get a subscription in order to use the App and website service from BodyMedia after the first, free month. This requires payment. This service is only available to American customers. You must sync to the website via a cable to your computer.
Garbage in, garbage out…
You can use a simple food tracking feature to tell the App what kind of food you’ve just eaten, so it can calculate roughly how many calories you’ve consumed. This makes weight management even easier. Customers have complained, however, that the food list is sparse. You might find it more accurate to use another App to calculate your calories and then enter them in manually.
According to the manufacturer, getting your own personal caloric profile will allow you to tailor your diet precisely to your needs. You can explore your calories consumed, calories burned and your own sleep efficiency in order to pinpoint where your diet is working, or failing you. This is very important information. As Vaulte discovered in his article, your weight can plateau if you aren’t eating enough calories. Sometimes, you must eat more to lose more. This sounds extremely counter-intuitive but it comes down to how efficiently your body is metabolising calories. If you are not providing it with its minimum requirements, it goes into defensive mode. This can work against your diet plans. Having a means of measuring what’s happening to the calories in your body can help you prevent this from happening. Also, the monitor will give you other info, such as your sodium levels. Trying to reign yourself within certain limits on a variety of metrics will have a more positive effect overall.
Another important feature of tracking your body’s activity is that it makes you more aware of what is happening out-of-sight. By becoming more aware, you can modify your lifestyle more easily. It’s a valuable feedback loop.
It may not be the cheapest device on the market but, then again, how important is your health to you? Losing weight in a healthy manner can lead to a healthier lifestyle – which will save you a lot more down the line.