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Bodymedia Vs. bodybugg

By Alison Stellner ; Updated July 18, 2017

BodyMedia and bodybugg are both weight management systems that allow users to track data using an arm band monitor and modern technology such as iPhone and Android applications. The business model for both systems is identical. In order to lose weight and keep it off, dieters must have access to accurate information, such as calories in vs. calories out, and sleep patterns, which are carefully monitored on a daily basis. Bodymedia has licensed the use of its system to 24 Hour Fitness under the name bodybugg.

The Armband

Both the BodyMedia FIT and the bodybugg armbands have built in pedometers that count your steps throughout the day. Internal sensors also track how many calories you burn in a 24 hour period. The system uses a patented process based on motion, steps, skin response, skin temperature, and heat flux, or the heat flowing from your body into the environment. According to the company website, the armbands capture your calories burned within 90 percent accuracy.

Online Activity Manager

At the end of the day, you plug your BodyMedia or bodybugg armband into your computer. This automatically uploads the data from your day. Next, you upload the food you consumed throughout the day and tracked via your iPhone, Android or smartphone. The online activity manager not only monitors calories in vs. calories out, but also gives you a nutritional breakdown of the foods you are consuming. The web-based system then uses all the data to track and analyze your weight loss progress.

Sleep Monitoring

When it comes to weight loss monitoring devices, the BodyMedia and bodybugg armbands are unique in that they also gather data while you sleep. The manufacturers of both BodyMedia and bodybugg systems, believe that sleep is a major factor in the battle of weight loss. The company has designed the armbands with technology that monitors the efficiency of your sleep cycle. They believe that this is one of the three keys, in addition to calories burned and calories consumed, to successful weight loss.


Differences between BodyMedia and bodybugg may come down to cost and marketing. The BodyMedia system can be purchased through the company's website for around $260. While the bodybugg may be purchased through the 24 Hour Fitness website which offers a variety of bundles and price points. The most cost-efficient package allows you to purchase two armbands -- one in black and one in pink -- for the price of $279. The bottom line is BodyMedia and bodybugg, are both weight monitoring systems created by the same company with the same patented technology and online support.

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