Activity Monitors for Weight Loss

Are you in the market to buy a new activity monitor? There are dozens of trackers to choose from, but not all of them are right for you. Each popular device is designed to meet the needs of a different type of user.  Some help you improve the quality of your workouts, some help you stay more active throughout the day, some help you eat a better diet and some even improve your posture.

Before you go shopping, take some time to set specific weight loss goals. That way you know what features to look for. Then learn as much as you can about each popular activity monitor to find the model that fits your budget, your goals and your lifestyle.

Should You Use An Activity Monitor to Lose Weight?

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Check your daily energy expenditure to lose weight. Johner Images/Getty Images
Before you invest in an activity tracker see if you will really benefit from the services it provides.  The pricey gadgets work for some and not for others.  Find out which group you fall into before you buy.

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Polar M400: Sports Watch and Activity Monitor

Polar M400
Polar USA

I love this savvy device. Why? Because when you invest in this GPS-enabled sport watch you get both a heart rate monitor to perform targeted workouts and a daily activity tracker to keep an eye on your calories and daily movement.

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Activity Monitor Review: A Comparison of 5 Popular Models

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You're not likely to lose weight if you rely on numbers that are incorrect.  So how accurate are the calorie counts on activity monitors? I compared five different models and got a surprising result.

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Shine Activity Monitor (Review)

Shine is stylish and versatile. Misfit Wearables
If you plan to wear your activity monitor with a variety of different outfits and in different types of setting, you should consider Shine.  But this stylish monitor may not be the best fit for everyone. Find out who should use this popular tech tool and who might want to avoid it.

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Pivotal Living: The Best Fitness Tracker on a Budget

Pivotal Living

On a budget? No problem! There is no need to spend a lot of money to get a high tech tool to help you lose weight. This device does almost all of what the pricey models do and it retails for way less then its competitors. 

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Lumo Lift: Monitor Posture to Lose Weight

The Lumo Lift monitor helps you lose weight by changing the way you present yourself throughout the day.  Believe it or not, better posture may help you feel better about yourself, make better choices throughout the day and lose weight.

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Get a Free FitBit Flex (Review)


Did you know that you can get a free Fitbit Flex?  If you're also in the market for a phone, then get both and save money.  Use this review to make sure that the product is right for you, then check out the details of getting your free device with a new phone. 

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Basis Activity Monitor: Lose Weight by Checking Your Heart Rate

The Basis Health Tracker provides heart rate data. Basis
The Basis Activity Monitor uses heart rate in a unique way to help dieters evaluate their daily activity. If you like to get lots of feedback, you'll love this device. Find out what this monitor can tell you to help you change your eating habits and lose weight.

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Fitbit One Activity Tracker (Review)

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Walking Expert Wendy Bumgardner has tried several different FitBit models.  Find out what she likes and what she doesn't like about this new FitBit model.

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How to Buy and Use and Activity Monitor to Lose Weight

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Don't spend your hard earned money on a device that doesn't help you reach your weight loss goals. Find out how to buy the best tracker and how to use it properly so that you lose weight and keep it off.

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