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Not Losing Weight
on April 7, 2011
So I have had the armband for approximately one month and have worn it every day since then. Here is my review of it:
How it is GREAT-
1) The pedometer is accurate, so long as you are walking or running on hard surfaces. The sleep monitor is also accurate. On days when I feel that I haven't slept well, I can see my sleep deficit on the activity manager dashboard.
2) It is a wonderful motivator. I have the display device that I wear as a watch and I am constantly syncing it with the armband to see my stats. If I see that I am not burning enough calories, then I know it's time to get moving.
How it is just OKAY:
I have averaged a 400 calories deficit according to this device and have still not lost a pound. I measure my food with measuring cups, spoons, or a portable food scale, so I don't think that I am that far off with respect to calorie consumption. But still, no weight loss; I have been wondering--why is this?
My conclusion is the following:
1) I think that the monitor is as advertised - 90% accurate. That means that if the display says that I have burned 2400 calories, then all I have really burned is 2160. Since I set my calorie intake at 2,000 calories per day, then my calorie deficit is not high enough to lose a pound per week.
2) The standard setting for vigorous activity is not set high enough as walking at a moderate speed will count as vigorous activity. To change this, as I did today, you have to go into "preferences" and change the MET scale. I have now changed mine to the following standard: 3.5-8.0 METs will count as moderate activity (such as walking 3.5-4.5 MPH), and anything above 8+ MET's is vigorous activity (such as running 4.5+MPH)).
We will see if these changes fix my present dilemma. If they do, then I will upgrade my review to five stars as this product does what it advertises.