Please hope me find the right tool(s) to monitor/log calorie expenditure, calorie consumption, heart rate, and sleep quality.
I tried BodyMedia's FIT Advantage Armband
. The device and online tools worked well for two weeks, but I had to stop wearing the device, because it irritated my skin. I treated the device, band, and my arm daily with alcohol. Also, the package lacked in a couple areas.
Here is what I'm looking for: One or as few devices as possible to monitor, as mentioned:
- Heart rate
- Calorie expenditure
- Sleep quality
In combination with software or an online tool, the package would also help me to efficiently track meals and related nutritional data (i.e., calories, protein, fat, carb, and sugar at a minimum).
I'm hoping to have all my data in one place so that I can view, for example, a line graph showing heart rate throughout the day, or average heart rate and calorie expenditure by hour, daily calorie consumption and expenditure broken out by day, and sleep quality by day. If I have to use a combination of tools, then I would want to be able to download raw data. I can work pretty well in Excel to get the analysis I want.
At the same time, I am hoping for real time readouts of heart rate and calorie burn. iOS interface would be a plus but wouldn't be the sole source for real time updates.
I am hoping for 24/7 monitoring using something discreet that I can wear to the office. If the device to monitor sleep has to be separate, then I'm looking for a device that simply doesn't interfere with my sleep.
I have done a fair amount of research, but (a) feel a bit overwhelmed by the options, and (b) don't see the single device or right combination of devices that meets my needs. I see a number of discussions on weightloss, target HR training, etc. here on AskMefi, but didn't quite see a discussion on the right combination of tools. Thanks for considering my question!