3 Reasons to Pass on Fitbit But Glad I Didn’t

IMG_1561-0.JPGWhen you lose 40 lbs of fat and gain 10 lbs of muscle, people ask how. They see my Fitbit Flex
and they assume this little wristband is magic.

Nope. No magic. Wearing this wristband will not make you skinny. It won’t make you run. It cannot drop your waist size by eight inches (or even one). There is absolutely NO MAGIC in the wristband.

It actually takes desire. Desire to live better, feel better, and look better. That is what drove me to healthy choices. Words like “restraint” and phrases like, “My weakness, His Power; His Joy my strength”. That’s what pushed me to losing fat and gaining muscle.

I began eating right and exercising in May. I didn’t even get my Fitbit Flex until August. I had lost 18 lbs by then. Even though my Fitbit Flex isn’t magic, it is a FANTASTIC TOOL for weight loss. I couldn’t have gotten healthy and STAYED healthy without it. It comes down to two words. Calorie managment.

Calorie Management
I’m an inventory planner by trade. That’s why it hit me the way it did one day. To be lean, I have to manage input and output.

We’ve all gotten on a treadmill. We get burned out by the pain in our legs, but delighted by the “Calories Burned” stacking up. We have also all heard that keeping a food diary complete with calories is a great way to lose weight (and it IS).

The problem? It’s too freaking hard. I’m going to be honest with you about something… I don’t keep a check register. I don’t because it’s too time consuming for the payoff I get. Until an app for my phone came along for me to keep track I didn’t keep one at all. My wife would tell you I still don’t keep one. (Sheesh!)

The point is that my Fitbit Flex makes it easy to calculate calories burned and calories eaten. That’s what has made it the key tool contributor to my weight loss.

Pros
1.) Searchable food data base
2.) Add custom foods when a food is not found
3.) Automatic calorie output tracking
4.) Less than $100 bucks
5.) Adaptable user-friendly iPhone interface (I’m sure there’s an andriod too)
6.) Calorie budget – The app calculates what I’ve burned and eaten and let’s me know how many calories I have left.

Cons
1.) The charging dongle is delicate. After 2 months it takes finesse now for it to charge.
2.) Sometimes the food data base times out. Usually remedied by closing the app and restarting it
3.) The Fitbit app is not easily integrated with Runkeeper.com. Not a problem for those that use something else to track run stats… but for me it bugs me.

Would I still buy one?
Yes. The calorie management works great for me and it is hard to argue with 40 lbs of fat loss and 10 lbs of muscle gain.

What’s your favorite tracker?