How the BodyMedia Fit Works

Will FIT get you fit?

Keeping a diary of what you eat helps you stay on track to achieve your fitness goals.
Keeping a diary of what you eat helps you stay on track to achieve your fitness goals.
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To use BodyMedia's FIT device, you'll have to purchase an armband and subscribe to the company's Activity Manager service. In return, you'll have access to all the data collected by the armband as you wear it throughout the day. You'll also be able to track personal bests and set goals for future achievements.

Through partnerships with other companies and organizations, BodyMedia may provide further services like meal planning and exercise routines. For example, in 2012 BodyMedia partnered with fitness expert Jillian Michaels. Michaels' program helps you plan out each meal and activity with the goal to help you achieve the results you want in a safe and healthy way.

As you enter information about the food you eat into the Activity Manager, you'll receive feedback about your diet. BodyMedia has included nutritional guidelines to alert you if you're consuming too many carbohydrates or aren't getting enough vitamins from the food you eat. A healthy diet is an important part of any fitness program. But if you slack off and don't keep your food diary up to date you'll lose this benefit -- the FIT isn't able to track every bite you consume. Yet.

On its own, the FIT is just a collection of sensors. It can provide you with a lot of data about what you're doing -- or not doing. But the armband isn't going to shed those pounds for you. You'll have to work to get fit. But the BodyMedia FIT might just give you the information you need to stay motivated while you strive to achieve your fitness goals.