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March 23, 2016

Burn it, spend it, lose it!

Healbe GoBe helps you manage your daily energy balance

It’s not a secret that healthy eating habits guide you about 80% of the way towards achieving a fit body. That other 20% depends on your level of physical activity, which is measured in how much energy, or calories, you burn during the day. It’s simple math, but how do you know what the “right” amount of energy is for you to burn to reach your goals, and are you accurately calculating this information?

We all know that exercise is one way to burn calories, but you might be surprised at how else your body uses energy:

1) Basal Metabolism. Your body requires quite big amount of calories to function – this is your basal metabolism. The amount of calories you need depends on a number of factors like your gender, age and weight, but your body is always burning calories, even while you are at rest… or lying on the couch.

2) Digestion. Your body uses energy to digest each meal you consume. Proteins take much more energy to be digested than carbs, which is why you feel full for longer after a piece of meat than you do after a piece of birthday cake.

3) Physical Activity. Like we said before, being active burns calories. However, the actual number of calories you burn doesn’t only depend on the intensity of your workout, but also on a range of your individual characteristics.

Energy expenditure structure for ordinary person (office worker)

Today’s Fitness Trackers

To determine the amount of calories burned during physical activity, most fitness trackers will look at the number of steps a user took or analyze their heart rate. Unfortunately, both approaches lead to inaccurate readings.

For example, a user’s heart might be beating like crazy…because he is about to propose to his girlfriend. That doesn’t mean he is burning any calories. Generally, heart rate measurements prove to be correct in cases of high (when your heart rate is 220 minus your age) and moderate (65% to 70% of the maximum heart rate) intensity trainings, but accuracy sharply declines in less-intense workouts.

Counting steps is OK if you are walking or running, but what about squats? Since you technically aren’t “stepping” anywhere, those movements aren’t registered. That doesn’t seem fair.

And the funny thing is that a regular fitness tracker can’t always follow you if you are running too fast, it might start loosing some of the steps (Check it here).

Why Healbe GoBe is better than any other fitness tracker

We are confident in that statement because we use the most advanced technologies to deliver accurate, useful data to our users by way of three sensors:

- an accelerometer to measure activity and body movement

- a piezo pressure sensor

- a temperature sensor

Collecting data from multiple sensors allows us to tell you precisely how many calories you burn every day, not only from working out, but from activities like sleeping, working, and cleaning your house.

What do I have to do?

Be honest. Your basal metabolism depends on the data you input, so if your weight is changing, don’t forget to update your profile. If you own a Withings Smart Body Analyzer, you can automatically sync your scale with the Healbe GoBe app.

Be attentive. GoBe will encourage you to burn more calories, go for a walk, or eat some fruit, but it won’t force you to make these healthy choices. Only you can do that.

Be positive. With enough information, there is nothing you can’t do to get the body you’ve always wanted.

A graph in the Energy section of the app shows how much energy your body burns during daily activities and processes like sleeping and digestion. As GoBe can automatically measure the calories you consume from food, these recommendations are specific to your own body.

Healbe GoBe gives you very detailed data about how many calories you burn during different types of physical activity. It can recognize not only running, swimming and training at the gym, but also cycling and housework (cleaning, cooking, etc.). In an effort to make GoBe more intuitive, we are developing ways for GoBe to recognize more activities. 

We are working on a new Energy interface that will offer more detail about consumed and burned calories

Healbe GoBe not only measures the number of steps you’ve taken, but also the distance you’ve walked and how many calories you’ve burned in the process. With this information, you can easily determine what lifestyle changes you need to make to burn more energy. Who knows, maybe all you need to do is walk or bike home from work. 

A Personal Trainer on your Wrist

Later this year, there will be a new option in your profile – “Fitness Trainer”. This feature will help you set personal goals and track your progress, including how your fitness routine is impacting your body weight. As you can see in the image below, it will also show you the amount of energy burned through resting and sleeping periods. After collecting this data, the app will suggest lifestyle changes to help you achieve your goals.

Why do I need a Healbe GoBe?

Knowledge is the key to success. Understanding how your body processes calories and knowing the changes you need to make to your daily routine can finally get you the body you’ve always wanted: healthy, strong, and fit.

GoBe You!

Please note that while the Healbe GoBe bracelet is designed to provide you with information about the conditions and trends in the physical state of your body, Healbe GoBe is not meant to be used as a medical device and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease; also note that it should not be used as a substitution for expert medical advice. Healbe GoBe measures the basic characteristics of your body using unique technology and algorithms to provide you with accurate data (including consumed and burned calories, step count and distance walked, energy balance, sleep quality, stress level, and heart-rate), but the accuracy of the GoBe's readings depends on the accuracy of the personal data you put in your profile and whether or not you are using the GoBe correctly.

Healbe recommends that you always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health expert with any questions you may have regarding a health condition, diet, or physical fitness program. 


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