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Activity Trackers for Weight Loss 1

Posted on December 08, 2014 by Grace

Fitbit Activity Tracker Reviews

Why does an activity tracker
help you lose weight?

Entry-level trackers can provide a picture of your everyday habits and fitness progress to motivate you toward a goal or keep track of your current health. Losing weight and getting healthy can be fun!

Do you want to live an active lifestyle – Get healthy, lose weight and maintain the weight loss? Well then an activity tracker could be your tool to success in reaching your goals.

Activity Tracker Device Benefits:

  • Steps tracking

    A simple way to track your activity level is by logging the number of steps you take. The most accurate way to track your steps is with an accelerometer or GPS. With this type of tracker, you have more options of where it can be worn — from in a pocket to around your neck or on your wrist. Some activity trackers can also calculate your calories burned using this information and/or personal data.

  • Calorie counting

    Activity trackers calculate calories burned in a variety of ways. Using your heart rate to determine this is one of the more accurate ways because it takes into account your personal exertion. Other trackers use their own equation to calculate this value — based on steps logged and/or stairs climbed. You might also input your weight and/or age to create a more custom calculation.

  •  Distance traveled

    Keeping track of your distance traveled is another way to work toward your fitness goals for activities like running, cycling and hiking. A variety of activity trackers can calculate the distance you’ve traveled through an accelerometer or GPS.Sleep quality and alarm clocks.

  •  Tracking progress online

    Making it even easier to follow your progress, some trackers can download your information to a tablet, smartphone or laptop. You’ll find trackers that use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to transfer information, whereas others download information via USB. Once the information is downloaded, apps can analyze your progress, offer personalized workout plans, compare stats with friends, and more. Apps are created for a variety of operating systems, so you’ll want to make sure the tracker’s app works with your tablet or smartphone’s operating system (such as Android, iOS, etc.). For a more comprehensive view of your habits, you may also be able to input information like what food you eat, amount of water you drink and more.

    Each activity tracker comes with its own brand-specific app. Designed specifically to work with your activity tracker, this app combines all of your stats in one convenient place, making it easy to spot trends and find ways to improve your results. A variety of trackers also sync with third-party fitness apps that you may already use, such as RunKeeper, Lose It! or MapMyFitness. The easier it is to track your progress, the easier it will be to reach your health and fitness goals.


Try this Activity Device for Steps Tracking,
Calorie Counting & Online Tracking


NIKE+ FuelBand SE!

Think you live an active life? Prove it with a NIKE+ FuelBand SE! A versatile training tool you wear on your wrist, it tracks the intensity of your workout or activity and shares how much NIKEFuel® your movement earns. LED lights let you see how it stacks up against your daily goals; they also show the time, calories burned, and steps taken. Sync it with your smartphone to monitor your progress and start a competition with friends.

It comes in 3 different sizes: small, medium/large and extra large, although all versions do come with a spacer that you can insert/remove to change the size a little. The spacers are easy enough to add and remove and really do work quite well in adjusting the size of the band to get the perfect fit. If you’re not sure which of the sizes to get there is also a small sizing guide on the box which you can measure up to. We would recommend opting for the smaller one and then increasing the size with the spacers included.

The clip of the wristband hides the USB which plugs into you computer to charge or upload information. This design keeps it hidden out of the way until it is needed and keeps the band looking modern and stylish. The LED’s that light up when the button on the front is pressed are surprisingly bright and stand out even in bright daylight. Once you reach your goal just sit down and watch your display as it lights up with an array of pleasing colours.

The Nike Fuelband SE is still not waterproof, although the water resistance of the device has been improved. If you’re just washing up or going for a shower then you’ll be just fine keeping it on your wrist, but if you’re off for a swim, you’ll have to remove it. This is mainly due to the USB connector being exposed under the clip.

The Nike+ FuelBand SE is a comfortable design and keeps you motived to exercise….displays calories , time and steps. Doesn’t track stairs climbed, heart rate or sleep. The fuelband’s sharing system really helps you stay motivated by sharing your progress with your friends. You can share it with your Nike+ groups, Facebook, Twitter and Path.  It’s nice to brag your progress in the face of those that just sit all day to criticize others on Facebook instead of taking care of their own health… just saying. ‘Win the hour’ reminds you have to move at least five minutes every hour if you want to avoid damage to your spine long-term. It’s true it’s hard to notice it’s time to move since it lacks of a vibration notification, so it’s kind of a miracle if you see your band flashing (considering you forget you are wearing it), but it’s also true that you can link it to your phone to get respective notifications on-screen, just like getting a message.

Try this Activity Device for Steps Tracking, Calorie Counting,
Sleep Patterns & Online Tracking.



The Fitbit counts steps, calories burned, distance traveled, flights climbs, and even has an alarm. The alarm has to be activated from the app on your phone, but it syncs very quickly, so there really isn’t ever a problem to do it. At first I didn’t think the step count was completely accurate as I have a few hundred steps before I even start my day.  But the website does state that it would take a couple of days for the device to be able to read your patterns and track your movements. On the second/third day of wearing the device you will get accurate steps taken, miles ran or walked and also calories. It also tracks sleep patterns and this can help you figure out your sleep patterns and get into the routine to go to bed at a particular time to wake up rested. The cellphone alerts are excellent, you can use it with your iPhone and some android devices as well.  Overall, I think this device is worth giving a try. For those that are wondering if it motivates me to walk/run my 10,000 steps, Yes, it does! Once the 10,000 steps are accomplished, there’s this mini celebration going on in the device, it’s so cute, I love it.

The Fitbit Charge is NOT waterproof, so you’re gonna have to take it off before showers and getting into a pool.

Below are additional benefits for the Fitbit that the Nike+ fuelband doesn’t have:

  • Stairs climbed

    Some activity trackers feature a built-in altimeter to record how many steps you’ve climbed each day. This is another way to monitor your activity and meet a fitness goal. Some activity trackers can also calculate your calories burned using this information and/or personal data.

  • Sleep Patterns

Many trackers with an accelerometer can also monitor your movement to determine sleep patterns. Some trackers require that you change to sleep mode to do this. With this information, trackers will give you a description of sleep quality based on your patterns. You can also find trackers with a silent alarm that will vibrate to wake you up.

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Tips to Sticking to your New Years Weight Loss Resolutions! 0

Posted on January 01, 2013 by Grace

New Years Resolutions 2013 Millions of Americans will sign up for the gym over the next few weeks trying to reach their weight loss goals. You need to choose a program that works for you, your lifestyle, your weight loss goals, and your schedule. Don’t try to do it all at once small steps, and goals goes a long way.

A support system is a great way to start. So visit the Weight Weight Room @ shrinktheplanet-weight loss.com and find the support you need. The thing to remember is that you are not alone, there are many people in your same situation that have accomplished their goals. Learn from other people, it is very powerful. You got a New Year’s resolution and if you don’t have the support you need your gonna get tired of it after two or three weeks. There are some great weight loss tools to support your goals so don't start you weight loss plan without it.

Another good way to get a head start on your weight loss goals is by making it a family affair. Go to the park, take your dog for a walk, have the whole family go play some basketball or soccer.

The key to success is making a lifestyle change that will fit into your life. You need to set smaller goals, and identify those goals every week and measure them this will make you accountable for acheiving them?

Smaller goals is easier to stick to the resolution, but the commitment needs to be there.

Tracking your daily food and exercise is a great idea if you are trying to lose weight. A large study recently showed that planning out and keeping track of your weight loss goals can double your weight loss. Using a weight loss tracker gives you the ability to really customize your food and exercise workouts that are uniquely suited to your weight loss goals.

It will identify those pitfalls that have sabotaged those diets that have failed in the past. This is the kind of information that helps you over come those weight challenges because your are now identifying the areas that have prevented you from losing weight in the past.

Start your Weight Loss Plan.

If it's just a trend, something to help you lose ten pounds and that's it then your back to your old habits, you're gonna gain the weight back and then some. The most important step before starting any regimen or diet is to get as much information as possible.

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The BodyMedia Fit Weight Loss Management Tool! 2

Posted on February 19, 2011 by Grace

Dieting has gone Digital: High Tech Calorie Trackers can really help you slim down!

Take the guesswork out of your weight loss program with Body Media Fit. This Multisensor monitor tracks over 9,000 variables every minute of the day so you know precisely how many calories are coming in and how many are going out.  It also tracks how well you're sleeping.  A recent four month study suggests the device could help you lose two to three times more weight than dieting alone.

Knowledge is power:

    It is very easy to lose track of how many calories you consume daily, and you never really know how many of those calories you burn. This device will tell you how many calories you burn in a day, not just in your workouts. And wow, you will be so surprised at how many calories you take in. Those calories really add up though out the day. Knowing your caloric intake isn't a bad thing at all, this device actually counts calories and they sure do add up. It also tracks and moderates activities, walking/running, biking, and vigorous activities — an intense hill climbing cycling workout.  You will know when to kick it up a notch! You will also learn about your sleep patterns — it accurately tracks how restful your snoozes are.

    Dieting by numbers:

    With this program, you can target a safe and realistic daily caloric deficit. You will understand the effects of your diet. If you are not eating enough, your body will go into fat storing mode — we all want to avoid this problem. There's great nutritional information on the foods in the BodyMedia database. It  breaks down daily totals of each nutrient and this feature really helps monitor sugar consumption. However, the food database is limited and there's not much in the way of ethnic foods or grocery store brands. Be prepared to enter information for your most eaten foods into the personal "My Foods" database; but once this is done you can easily select from a list of frequently eaten foods which makes calorie tracking easy and quick.

    Techy bits:

      The web site is easy to navigate and understand, plus syncing the data from the armband with a PC or Mac is easy. But no official support for Safari 5.0 — come on now! That said, it seemed to work fine when running Safari on the Mac. There is no iPhone/iPad app and this would be extremely helpful for effectively entering calories consumed when out in the world. If not an app, a mobile web portal would do the trick. I think they should add a water consumption tracking to the foods page; hydration so important for weight loss.

      This could be a really helpful weight loss tool to help you achieve your goals.

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