About Those Calories & BodyMedia CORE Armband Review
Although I am a huge proponent of quality over quantity when it comes to the food you eat, the amount of food you take in does still matter. If you expend more energy than you take in, and you’re eating quality calories at the right times of day, your body will use stored fat as the rest of the energy it needs to function during daily activities and your intense workouts.
The amazing people over at BodyMedia sent me a CORE armband and display to use and check out. I told them that regardless of how I felt about it, anything I wrote about it would be COMPLETELY honest. Lucky for them, their product is seriously AMAZING. Holy cow. I am a major fan. I would recommend this to just about ANYONE!
It measures your body temperature, sleep cycles, calories burned, steps taken, amount of both moderate and intense exercise you do a day, and puts it into these killer charts when you upload everything to your computer.
Although there are some great calorie calculators out there, like this one Jamie Eason recommends in her LiveFit trainer, there isn’t any calculator that basically works on human averages, that can individualize numbers for you. The BodyMedia armband can tell you EXACTLY what is going on in your body and can really help you tailor your programs (both workout out and eating) to reap the most benefit you can from them.
I have talked about how many people will under-eat, and that it is important to fuel your body with enough food to keep it from going into I-am-terrified-you’re-starving-me-so-I’m-going-into-fat-storage-starvation-mode. Even after using calculators, and having as much experience and knowledge as I do in this field, even I had underestimated the amount of calories I burn daily. A lot of it has to do with whether I am in the ER or not, because days I work 12 hour shifts, my calorie burn is OUT OF THIS WORLD! Using the BodyMedia armband has helped me increase my calories, allowing me to really individualize and tailor my plans to myself even more than before.
This is the armband I got, since it’s the slimmest. It says to wear it on your left arm for it to be most accurate, and I do 90% of the time. There are some days where I have to look professional, and I took a tip from Monika over at Fit Foodies and use it on my left calf under pants when it being on my arm isn’t feasible.
Me with my BodyMedia armband at the gym! Please excuse the booty sweat
The body temperature gauge is awesome, and can help if anyone is wondering about thyroid issues. The sleep cycle information is AWESOME, and what’s great is that is keeps a record of how long I’m sleeping – telling me whether I need to focus on that more, because I’ve admitted that I’m a do-do-do-er and chick on the go-go-go and sleep sometimes gets shorted in the mix. Cutting on sleep can keep you from your fitness goals and this is a great reminder to stay on top of that!
The display is great and I’d highly recommend getting either that or the band that connects to a smart phone, because it allows you to see where you’re at all day long as opposed to only when you’re plugging it into your computer.
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“We believe in approaching every situation with a philosophy of continuous invention.”
“We don’t shy away from obstacles.”
“We take our work seriously, but not ourselves.”
What a great company with an awesome armband. If you’re thinking about getting one, Do it. It’s SO worth it! And once you do, come tell me how much you LOVE it!
- Have you ever used a BodyMedia armband or anything similar?
- LOVE my BodyMedia Core armband!
- Do you count calories?
- I have a rough idea of where I am daily, and it fluctuates based on my goals.
- Do do focus on quality or quantity of food?