Why I switched back to my Polar after gaining 20 pounds with the Fitbit!

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Before we go anywhere let me say this really quickly, Setbacks are real, but sometimes your setback may be a setup. That’s what I thought anyways. Lol.  In the last few months I have had a lot going on with my body that has had me on the “sick and shut in” list. Just to go ahead and give you the scoop, I had knee surgery last year in October and varicose vein treatments in both legs in March. So for approximately 3 months I was out of commission, but not really. My Fitbit game was strong, but hold up. I have a confession. In all of this I gained about 22 pounds.

My Fitbit (glorified pedometer) had become my new companion and I was clocking 10k (sometimes 15k) every day. So how was I gaining weight?  I had major fitness watch frustration going on. While my steps were accurate Fitbit was wildly generous when it came to my calories burned and this is how I packed on extra pounds. I honestly thought I was burning more so I ate slightly more to refuel my body.

This year Fitbit is facing lawsuits over accuracy of its fitness monitors. Here’s the link for those who want to check it out (Taking the pulse of Fitbit’s Contested Heart Monitors). And to prove that the readings are far fetched I wore both my Fitbit and my Polar FT7 Watch yesterday as I took a brisk walk giving a legit example and showing the inconsistencies in the Fitbit alone.

I walked for 52 minutes. Fitbit recorded that I burned 589 calories walking when my Polar only recorded 332 calories. That is an extra 257 calories that just magically appeared. That’s far from the truth and think about if a person thought that they burned an extra 257 calories 5 days a week. That equals 1285 calories given to you by mistake. Not cool Fitbit! So I had to go back to the only thing I knew long before Fitbit was ever mentioned… and that was the Polar Watch.

I started my health journey about 4 years ago and the first fitness watch I invested in was the Polar FT4 Watch.  At that time it was the most accurate training device. It includes a chest strap that measures accurate heart rate. 6 weeks ago, I went back to my Polar because it gave me continuous workout guidance with no hiccups. Today, I only use my Fitbit for steps calculated and daily activity because I love that it converts my steps into miles. The Polar Watch is my cardio accessory for vigorous workouts. 

I wanted to be transparent and share this with my readers who possibly have been thinking about investing in a fitness watch. Everything is not for everybody. Choose your fitness watch specific to your health journey and that only. 

Do you think the Fitbit is as fit as people think? Do you own a Fitbit? If not, Which fitness watch do you use and why? Comment Below…




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    Wowwww. I had bought a fitbit and took it back after a week lol. I watched tons of YouTube reviews and decided it wasn’t for me.

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