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Fitbit for MFP user - is it a good investment?

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OneTwoOrThree Thu 17-Jan-13 09:26:53

I'm seriously considering getting a fitbit, but would like to know a little more about how it works?

I get an allowance of 1200 calories a day as I have a sedentary (desk based job). I walk to and from the bus stop, to the sandwich shop for lunch, and around the office but don't count this as exercise. If I wear a fitbit, would it give me extra calorie allowance for this? I am worried it may over calculate what I can eat? Conversely, would it deduct calories if I have a particuarly sedentary day?

My other question is whether or not it differentiates for walking speed - ie a stroll to the library with my toddler must burn less calories than a brisk walk when I'm on my own. Does fitbit take this in to account?

Any other important things I should know about a fitbit? I think I prefer this to the nike+ fuelband and other alternatives as it will sync to MFP and is also discreet to wear.

Thanks for your help

TidyDancer Thu 17-Jan-13 09:36:05

I've read a couple of reviews of this and tbh it doesn't seem to fair well amongst users. I don't know much more than that, I looked into buying one, but didn't get very far with it.

Others may know more.

OneTwoOrThree Thu 17-Jan-13 10:21:24

I also posted on MFP forums, and got a load of helpful answers...

Link for anyone who is interested

TidyDancer Fri 18-Jan-13 15:45:30

You're welcome btw....

OneTwoOrThree Sat 19-Jan-13 06:31:33

Oooops, sorry. Belated thanksthanks

Snowkey Sat 19-Jan-13 08:45:11

I got one a couple of weeks ago. Have enjoyed using it but I wish I had kept the box because I'm worried that in six months time ill be bored with it and want to sell it on eBay and I'm sure it will fetch a good price.

But it is making me move more and I like a good graph, I like targets and this fitness malarky can get a bit dull - nothing like getting an achievement badge for climbing 50 flights of stairs to make you feel like you are 8 years old again - I can't believe I am suckered in by the badges but I am. [shocked]

Pm me with your user id and we can be "friends" - oddly that really helps to keep you moving too - as it ranks your weekly steps amoung your friends.

PinkCustard Sat 19-Jan-13 19:52:56

Yes it does differentiate between speed and also altitude (so it knows if you're walking up hill). I put my MFP at sedentary and then it logs my fitness activity from my Fitbit. I really like it and would recommend.

WeightyKaty Wed 23-Jan-13 11:39:47

It motivates me to walk a lot more and for that it is worth it. I love all the graphs and the sleep tracking function is fascinating. I recommend it.

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