As I mentioned in my previous post, I was on vacation last week; and I ate. A lot! So the next question you might ask is, "Did you wear your Bodybugg?" No, I did not. I wore it when I exercised – because I have the display device, and I wanted to know how many calories I was burning. There were a few days that I really wish that I had worn it because Gary & I were so active that I was curious to know how many calories I was burning.
The main reason I didn't wear it was because of the food. I was going to eat what I wanted to eat regardless of how many calories I burned; and also add to it that I was eating restaurant food, which, in my opinion, is more difficult to estimate calories than the national debt. I was on vacation, and I didn't want to feel guilty for drinking a beer at lunch. If I had logged my food, it would have ruined the enjoyment of sitting on the water with my husband drinking a beer, eating oysters & steamers.
Wearing the bodybugg without logging your food is similar to logging your food & not knowing your calorie burn; It's only half of the equation.Additionally, I only had web access part of the time while I was there.
For those reasons, wearing the bodybugg on vacation didn't make sense.
What I really like about the bodybugg is being able to make timely ad-hoc decisions about my food based on my activity level for the day. If you wear the device all day & eat what you want, but don't upload the data to the website (even if you have entered your food online – but even worse if you haven't), You could be way off track with your eating plan.
We all know that overeating will make us gain weight – the same could happen if you drastically undereat. For me, hunger carries over to the next day. So, if I undereat one day, I could be setting myself up for a binge the next day – and that's not good for anyone either. If you have a bodybugg, check in with your calorie alotment throughout the day – see how you're doing. If you've planned meals, see how they fit in with your Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE). Ideally, you want your calorie consumption to mimick your calorie burn as the day progresses (meaning that the time of day that you burn the most calories is ideally the time of day that you consume the most calories). Although, research has proven that timing of calories doesn't make a difference in our weight management, you do want to make sure that you have enough energy (calories in your system) to fuel your activity.
Copyright Elizabeth Sherman. Purchase a Bodybugg through Elizabeth Sherman.