Bodybugg vs. Polar Heart Rate Monitor for Weight Loss – Week 1

This is part one of my Bodybugg vs. Polar Heart Rate Monitor for Weight Loss Comparison Series. What am I doing exactly?

Okay, okay…I should probably call this week zero, not week one. I spent this week waiting for my Bodybugg to arrive, and at the time I was planning to lose nine pounds total, not the five pounds goal that I have now (more on this later, keep reading…). During this week, I used only the Polar FT60 Women’s Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Purple) to track calories burned during my workouts.

The Polar FT60 only tracks calorie expenditure, and since my goal is weight loss, I also needed a tool to track my calories consumed and compare them against calories burned. I chose to use My Fitness Pal for this purpose. My Fitness Pal is a free, online subscription-based system that includes a food diary (with an awesome database of foods), exercise tracking, community boards and other social media features, and apps for most mobile devices.

Remember, the heart rate monitor is only to be worn during workouts. I wore my chest strap and wristwatch to each workout. I started the heart rate monitor right before exercise began and stopped it right after.

Here were my workouts this week, and the calories burned according to the Polar FT60:

  • Sunday – no workout
  • Monday – Yoga, 45 minutes, 147 calories burned
  • Tuesday – Yoga, 45 minutes, 147 calories burned
  • Wednesday – Yoga, 20 minutes, 66 calories burned + Zumba (taught), 60 minutes, 1024 calories burned
  • Thursday – Turbo Kick, 60 minutes, 921 calories burned
  • Friday – no workout
  • Saturday – Zumbatomic (taught), 45 minutes, 497 calories burned + Zumba (taught), 70 minutes, 1097 calories burned

An example exercise entry on MyFitnessPal:


Annnd….here’s an example day from my food diary:


End result this week – 3.8 pounds lost! Keeping my original nine pound goal in mind, this leaves me with about 5.2 pounds remaining to lose. And that is where I’m starting with the Bodybugg vs. Polar FT60 comparison.

Over the next week, I will wear BOTH the Budybugg and Polar FT60 and compare the daily results – particularly, how they estimate the calories burned during my actual workouts. Yes, that means when I workout, I will be wearing the Bodybugg and Polar FT60 AT THE SAME TIME. Go, Go, Gadget Woman! Stay tuned…


5 comments on “Bodybugg vs. Polar Heart Rate Monitor for Weight Loss – Week 1

  1. you will burn.*Note: It does have different leelvs that you will be doing the exercise (vigorous effort, light effort, etc).Then, do the exercise for as long and with as much effort as you entered in the tracker and see how the number you get compares.Also, you could reverse this order and do your exercise first if you don’t know ahead of time what you might do.(P.S. I saw on another question you wrote in Diet & Fitness that you are 20 years old I am too! You should really consider joining! It’s so great It’s like Myspace for people on diets. They have all sorts of trackers (calories eaten, calories burned, weight) and you can even set minigoals, which make you feel a lot better about losing weight! Check it out!)

    • Cut out sugar altogether (no soda or juice) as well as aclohol and cigarettes. Eat 20% less than your total daily energy expenditure. Eat lots of vegetables as they are fibrous and will help you feel full. Drink lots of water and get lots of sleep. Water will help you feel full and make your body more efficient. Go for a brisk walk every day if time allows. Majority of weight loss is your diet. Check out scooby1961 s channel. Without him I would never have gotten 6-pack abs.

      • From experience, both are reueqrid for a balanced healthy life style. Your heart is a muscle and a pump, as a muscle it demands daily physical movement, and not the kind from a work, but no less than 30 to 45 min. of walking, and coupled with the right amount of food you consume will result in weight loss, remember the amount of calories you take-in, will be burned off as fuel for your body during the day, calories not burned off will turn into fat as fuel for your body.References : Go to and query about healty life style.

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