Giving Bodybugg Another Shot

I’m trying the Bodybugg again today.  I thought about using their food tracker, even though the database is limited in content and (in my opinion) the interface is clunky. Also, there’s no mobile app to use so you can log your info on the go. Despite all this, I seriously considered using the food tracker just so I could fully evaluate the program.

That said, after doing some searching, I found a pretty thorough analysis of the food tracker from “Scribblings, by J. Blair Lane” complete with screen shots and an accurate description of the functionality. Blair experienced many of the same challenges I did during my Polar HRM vs BodyBugg comparison, particularly, seemingly inaccurate calorie burn tracking and a difficult to use food tracker.

See the posts below:

What’s cool…and what’s not

This is day three

“Build a Food or Meal” feature

Bodybugg: Week 1

After a bit more research (blog reviews, online discussion boards, etc.), the food tracker seems to pose difficulties for many people. Bodybugg strongly encourages use of the food tracker, but states that you can still get results without it. So, I decided NOT to use the Bodybugg food tracker, and to stick with My Fitness Pal –




9 comments on “Giving Bodybugg Another Shot

  1. Stacey on said:

    I read your post in May about giving Bodybugg another try. What are your results? I am contemplating purchasing one but my spin coach swears by heart rate and says that would be ideal for me for weight loss. I am confused over which would be better. Any suggestions?

    • gymratchris on said:

      Hi, there! Well, my BodyBugg is collecting dust again. I found it useful for giving me a more realistic estimate of how much energy I expend throughout the day and it encouraged me to be more active. But, the food database is difficult to work with and I can’t see myself paying to continue the subscription.

      I prefer my heart rate monitor for several reasons: I don’t have to charge the battery; I don’t have to connect it to the computer to get my data; it doesn’t interfere with my workouts (the BodyBugg would slip sometimes if I was moving my arms a lot, like in kickboxing or Zumba); and it doesn’t leave a tan line on my arm or have people constantly asking me about my armband.

      I agree with your spin coach – get a heart rate monitor! I recommend a Polar.

      • I bought this cycle atnethmact as I wanted to view my Polar HR information as I’m cycling. Wearing your Polar HR monitor on your wrist is a pain in some circumstances, as when you pedaling up a mountain and don’t need to have your hands leave the handlebars. Yes, I could get yet another HR monitor just for my bike but I like to be versatile with what I already have.You use the ties that come with it to attach to the bike. I haven’t had any issues in almost a year of use and the original ties are still in place. The mount attaches easily, and you can read your HR data easily. I’d recommend to any HR monitor owner (wrist-band) who also wants to use it while cycling.

    • I have one and it’s great. The customer sevcrie department is terrible. I have had two issues. Both times took a minimum of three e-mails to get a response.

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