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I lost 50 lbs in 3 months – here’s how technology helped me

By on January 29, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

I lost 50 lbs in 3 months – here’s how technology helped me

America has never been as fat as it is right now. And I had never been as fat as I was seven months ago.

I don’t usually discuss personal matters here on the site, but weight is a serious issue that hundreds of millions of people around the world struggle with constantly. According to a report released earlier this month by the World Health Organization, more than 600 million adults across the globe were obese in 2014, and almost 2 billion were categorized as overweight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that more than one-third of all adults in America — 78.6 million people — are obese.

In early July, I was one of those 78.6 million obese Americans. At 6 feet tall and 235 pounds, my Body Mass Index (BMI) was 31.9, just north of the CDC’s obesity threshold of 30.

Today, at 172 pounds, my BMI is 23.3, which falls within the CDC’s “normal” range of 18.5-24.9.

I worked hard to get where I am right now, and I still have work left to do. It took a lot of exercise and discipline, but technology also played a big role in my efforts, and in this post I’ll explain how I did it. More →

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Jawbone UP Android App

Android users finally have access to the best fitness band on the planet

By on March 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

Android users finally have access to the best fitness band on the planet

I swore I would never try Jawbone’s future fitness bands after having such an awful experience with the second-generation UP. But when I finally gave in and bought the new UP24, I quickly learned that it is indeed the best fitness tracking band in the world. Until recently, only iPhone owners had access to Jawbone’s UP24 band because the Android version of the company’s UP app didn’t support the new model. As of Tuesday, however, that changes. More →

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Jawbone UP24 Review

Review: The best fitness band in the world is one I swore I’d never even try

By on February 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM.

Review: The best fitness band in the world is one I swore I’d never even try

The Jawbone UP was the best fitness tracker I had ever used. From design, to accuracy, to the accompanying software, everything about the UP was fantastic… except for the quality control standards employed by Jawbone and its manufacturing partner. After going through five defective UP bands in the course of seven months, I had no choice but to give up on Jawbone’s UP and switch to the vastly inferior Fitbit Flex. At the time, I also said I probably wouldn’t try any future fitness bands Jawbone might release, since my experience with the UP was so disappointing.

Well, it turns out I lied. More →

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