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Should You Buy the Bodybugg or the Fitbit?

written by: R. Elizabeth C. Kitchen • edited by: Emma Lloyd • updated: 7/31/2010

Are you interested in trying a new fitness and weight loss device? Use this side-by-side comparison of Bodybugg vs. Fitbit to figure out which one is right for you.

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    Bodybugg and Fitbit are two devices that are used to help people monitor several factors necessary for weight loss and weight management. Comparing Bodybugg vs Fitbit is something everyone should do before choosing which device is best for them. Both of these devices are beneficial, but which one is best for you?

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    Bodybugg Features

    The calorie management system features include:

    • Sensors that are more than 90 percent accurate in monitoring calories burned
    • Built in pedometer tracks steps
    • Small and sleek design
    • Compatible with a 64-bit PC
    • Comes with a six-month web subscription
    • A single session with a personal phone coach
    • MAC and PC compatible
    • Does not requires a battery and is charged with the USB cable

    Web interface command center features:

    • Information on the device can be uploaded into the web program
    • Shows individuals how much they can consume in order to reach their weight goals
    • Keeps track of how many calories and individual consumes in the online food log
    • Individuals can eat the foods they choose or they can follow the program's meal plans
    • Tracks how many calories burned and steps taken per day
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    Fitbit Features

    Fitbit features include:

    • 95 percent to 97 percent accurate
    • Tracks calories burned
    • Measures physical activity duration and intensity
    • Tracks steps taken
    • Tracks distance traveled
    • Provides information on how long it takes an individual to fall asleep
    • Tracks how many times an individual wakes during sleep
    • Tracks how long an individual actually slept versus just lying in bed
    • Free access to the website for basic membership
    • Software runs on MAC and the three most recent PC Windows platforms
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    Cost Comparison

    One of the main questions people have when comparing Bodybugg vs Fitbit is what is the difference in cost? Bodybugg costs $199.00 and Fitbit costs $99.00. This makes Bodybugg twice the cost of Fitbit. Consumers will need to evaluate the features, and their budget, and then decide which of these devices is best for them.

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    Side-By-Side Comparison

    The Fitbit is much smaller and sleeker than the Bodybugg. The Fitbit can be easily clipped on a waist band, a bra, neck of a shirt, or onto the wrist band and onto the wrist or arm. The Bodybugg can only be placed in the wrist or upper arm. Both devices have trip meters, but the Fitbit allows users to isolate an activity. Both devices' batteries last up to two weeks in between charges. Both devices provide several different functions, such as food logging, support and motivation, data analysis, and an accuracy of more than 90 percent.

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    Resources

    24HourFitness. (2010). Bodybugg Calorie Management System. Retrieved on July 30, 2010 from 24HourFitness: http://mystore.24hourfitness.com/product_details.php?item=400005660832&pf_id=400005660832

    Fitbit.com. (2010). Fitbit. Retrieved on July 30, 2010 from Fitbit.com: http://www.fitbit.com/