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Thursday, May 26, 2011

What do you think?

TBL Spoiler if you haven't seen the final show!
Stop reading.

Olivia Ward lost nearly 50% of her body weight to win Season 11 of The Biggest Loser, starting at 261 lbs. and dropping 129 of them. Olivia earned her $250,000 prize by showing viewers that true transformation is about life balance and prioritizing health. She and sibling Hannah Curlee, who dropped 120 lbs. to become the runner-up, were the first sister team to make it to the finals together. Cheers to them for their successes and for using the show to change their lives. Plus, they made us laugh, which is always a bonus!NBC/Trae Patton - Wednesday, May, 25, 2011, 5:25 AM

I just love this photo of Olivia, this season's winner of
The Biggest Loser.
Aside from the amazing transformation of Olivia's physical form this photo also shows something that I think might just be a key component to weight loss.
Do you see it?
Look closely.
On Olivia's left arm.
Proof that she worn her Body Bug all the time.
What's Body Bug?

What they say:
Now you can know how many calories you’re burning with the revolutionary bodybugg calorie management system. Combined with a user-friendly web based program*, the bodybugg system makes it easy to manage the calories you consume and burn so that you can stay in control of your weight.
And now, with the bodybuggSP™ system, you can see your results in real-time with your smartphone† (Android™ and iPhone).
For those without smartphones, you can get real-time results using the optional Digital Display device (only compatible with the bodybugg system version 3).
No matter which bodybugg device you choose, you’ll receive a free phone coaching session. Working with a personal coach helps you get the most out of the bodybugg system and reach your fitness goals faster and easier.

While preparing for my 50 mile race, I began to gain weight.  At first I thought it was due to too many calories going in and the stress I felt as the race day approached.  I assumed that the problem would quickly be remedied after the race.
It was not.
Now I am working to find a cause to the weight gain and a safe permanent way to lose the extra weight.  I have seen my doctor and have several tests to be completed to rule out an medical issues.  In the meantime I have started again tracking my calories consumed and calories burned.
Funny thing.
I thought I knew roughly how many calories I was eating in a day.
I did not.
I typically was completely off on my totals. 
There have been days when I under estimated and days when I over estimated. 
Either of those are good.

So I ask you, what do you think?

Is a device like a Body Bugg a needed component to accurately track calories and thus achieve weight loss?  Or do you think it's a luxury for those who are dishonest with themselves or too lazy to keep track?

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  1. First of all, J and I always comment on how all the BL contestants have that mark on their arms from the Body Bugg.

    Second, if it wasn't so expensive, I would get one in a second. I think it is crucial for endurance athletes to be fueling properly. Every pound makes a difference on race day. This tool would be great for weight loss or maintenance. Unless you measure EVERYTHING it's really hard to get an accurate gauge on what you are eating.

  2. I thought the sisters looked so AMAZING at the finale. They did such a great job!

  3. I love that Body Bugg tan line! And I would totally get one if it wasn't so expensive and if I could hide it a little better.

    I do track my calories CONSUMED, but would love to have a more accurate way to track my calories burned. It's hard to find the balance sometimes!

    Good luck - I hope you can figure things out.

  4. I'd LOVE to have a Body Bugg. I've been so frustrated with not being able to lose my extra weight.

    Olivia and so many of the other BL contestants looked amazing. So inspiring.

  5. To me, something like the Body Bug might (might) be a useful tool, but not necessary. Weight loss can be achieved without gadgets like that.

    I used to be a huge fan of BL, but in recent years it doesn't hold my interest. I think at this point I'd be more interested in seeing long term results. These people all lose weight, but most of them put alot of it back on. I suppose there is still some benefit though, and especially for those few who have kept the majority of the weight off.

  6. That's so funny. The first thing I noticed about that picture is the Body Bugg tan line.

    Honestly, I think it's a luxury that I definitely wouldn't mind having...but you still have to be honest with inputting your calories. You still have to count the two animal crackers here and the extra little bit of peanut butter there. I would love to know what my daily burn is....especially while I'm nursing.

  7. Ummm...I want a body bug. I didn't even know what it was. Except it seems like the more I run, the more weight I gain. Seriously.