Opinions on best activity tracker

on 6/22/14 3:24 pm - WA
RNY on 08/13/13 with
Looking into activity trackers, like Fit it, Nike Duel, Jawbone? Anyone using a tracker with good reviews?

Lapband surgery in 2009 -  Revision to RNY August 13, 2013 with gallbladder removal.

HW - (260)   SW - (197)   GW - (135), updated on 1-2-14 to 125lbs  HT 5'5"  Goal reached 3/2/14-revised goal to 120 on 3/9/14   reached 4/6/14             


on 6/22/14 4:22 pm - MI

I have the FitBit and i LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

on 6/22/14 11:34 pm
RNY on 08/21/12

I have a Fitbit One and love it. It syncs with MyFitnessPal too. I'm addicted to it, and it really helps to keep me reaching goals.

6'3" tall, male. Maintaining a loss of 280 pounds.

Highest weight was 475. Consult weight 04/12 was 411. RNY on 08/21/12 at 359 lbs. Current weight 195.

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on 6/22/14 11:50 pm

I have a Garmin Vivofit and I LOVE it. How intricate do you want the tracker to be? I went with the Vivofit because I wanted a chest strap heart rate monitor too (you can buy a strap and sync it with the band) and I liked the Vivofit better than any of the Polar watches or Loop (Polar's version of an activity band). When I bought mine several months ago everything I read had mentioned the inaccuracy of the FitBit and especially the Fuel Band. My trainer has a Fuel Band and even he said he feels it over compensates. Now since then I am pretty sure Nike has come out with a newer version (the SE I think) and from what I understand has made some adjustments and upgrades so I can't speak to the new version. I believe there may be a new version of the Jawbone Up as well since I bought my Garmin. I also really like Garmin software. Its easy to use and I like that it sets goals for me every day based on my activity (for example if I regularly walk over 10,000 steps then it'll raise my daily steps goal). My recommendation to you is figure out what you would like it to do first and what features are important to you. If you're not sure what the capabilities of these things really are (I sure as heck had no idea beyond basic calories burned, steps and sleep) do some research and then decide what features are your must haves. Then look for reviews (try finding ones that compare the bands with each other too). It took me a few weeks of asking around and research to decide. I just wanted to make sure I was making the best investment for my needs. 

Just my 2 cents :) I tend to analyze a ton. I went back to college last year, am planning my wedding and of course trying to save for the future so while dropping a possible $130 up to $200 on a fitness tracker is money well spent I just wanted to make sure I wasn't spending more than I needed to in order to achieve my desired results. 

Anyway, good luck!! 

Height: 5'8", HW: 6/4/12 440lbs, SW: 11/19/12 389lbs, CW: 219lbs 01/01/2014


on 6/23/14 12:44 am

Just got a FitBit and I love it!


on 6/23/14 2:57 am - PA
RNY on 03/18/14

I'm a FitBit addict. I have the Flex and only ever am without in the pool, shower, and when it's charging. Although I wi**** counted flights of stairs like the One, I'm glad I went with the Flex because, like I said, I basically never take it off. Friends with the One tend to forget to put it on more often.

I do think it depends on what exactly you want to track. If you're running or hiking, you might want to go more specialized!

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on 6/23/14 4:24 am
RNY on 11/21/14

I'm in the Fitbit obsession camp too.  I use the wrist band and I love it!  So easy, and it syncs with MyFitnessPal.  It is also waster resistant, so I don't have to take it off when I shower.  In fact, I only take it off once a week when I recharge it.

 Height: 5'7".  HW: 299, Program starting weight: 290, SW: 238, CW 138 - 12 pounds under goal!  


Gwen M.
on 6/23/14 7:03 am
VSG on 03/13/14

I have a Nike Fuelband and love it, but I don't recommend it because the hardware is being discontinued before too long - they claim software support will continue, but who knows.  

I highly recommend FitBit just because it is so popular and so well supported.  Both by the company as well as all the other app-makers who want their things to integrate with the FitBits that everyone has.  (Plus you can get a FitBit Aria scale.)

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on 6/23/14 8:44 am

I have both a fitbit and a jawboneup24. I like the jawboneup24 for aesthetic reasons - I got a pink one and it just looks like a bracelet. But I love the fitbit data (the way it's displayed). I go back and forth on which one I use on any given day. Both are really good. The fitbit flex is a little cheaper.

on 6/25/14 3:11 pm - WA
RNY on 08/13/13 with
Thx for your input. I just ordered the Fitbit Flex. Can't wait to use it.

Lapband surgery in 2009 -  Revision to RNY August 13, 2013 with gallbladder removal.

HW - (260)   SW - (197)   GW - (135), updated on 1-2-14 to 125lbs  HT 5'5"  Goal reached 3/2/14-revised goal to 120 on 3/9/14   reached 4/6/14