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I really wish people would stop saying 'Does everything a Fitbit does'
2 August 2018
Why people, most of whom have never owned a superior fitness tracker, keep insisting that this does 'everything a Fitbit does and more at a fraction of the cost' is beyond me.
I run an online fitness and nutrition group and have used very Fitbit there has been over the last 2 years. I told the guys in my group I would buy half a dozen of the budget HR fitness trackers from Amazon to try and find the best one for them in comparison to my Fitbit.
Overall the device seems ok, has all the pointless toys that people seem to love and makes them think they've somehow purchased an expensive device on the cheap. Notifications, vibrations, reminders etc.
If you are looking to find out how many calories you burn in a day then I'm afraid you are going to be sorely disappointed. This device only tracks active calories, and only a small portion of active calories.
I regularly burn 3500-4000 calories per day (via my FItbit). It's worth noting that just because a device has the word Fitbit, Garmin or Apple before it, does not make it 100% accurate. If anyone believes a device that slides up and down their wrist all day is going to tell them EXACTLY how many calories they burn then they are going to be disappointed.
I know my Fitbit device is reasonably accurate because when I need to lose a few pounds, I set my fat-loss calories at 3000 and comfortably lose around 1-1.5lb per week. 1lb of fat equates to 3500 calories being burned so I know that I am in a daily deficit of between 500-750 calories per day so I know my Fitbit has by calorie burn in the right bracket.
My Past 3 days calorie burn Via Fitbit:
My past 3 days via the budget tracker
I have absolutely no idea what these figures are supposed to be. I thought perhaps they may be 'active calories'. These are calories burned over and above your 'Resting Calories'. But my BMR is 1750. I have been through the app that goes with the device 'Very Fit Pro' and whilst it looks good with the sleep tracking, steps counter etc. There is not a dedicated area for calorie burn.
Which I can't understand. Why claim a device continually tracks your heart rate then not use the information to calculate your calorie burn across a 24 hour period?
In summary, you get what you pay for. The technology is low-end, so the device and tracking information is low-end.
The Very Fit Pro app is one that numerous budget trackers piggy back. Unfortunately the app, which is garbage, doesn't come close to the devices that have their own dedicated software (Fitbit, Garmin, Apple watch etc).
If you want a glorified pedometer that has notifications on your wrist. Then this is the tracker for you. If you are buying it because of the 'Heart Rate Monitor'... don't. Spend the extra and get an entry level Fitbit such as the Charge 2 HR.