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Losing weight for your wedding? Monitor calorie burning, sleep, stress and targets with the Ki Fit

Y&YW's Rosie Price-Smith braved the 24-hour supervision of the Ki Fit armband

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Ki Fit armband pedometer

The Ki Fit is a nifty armband that monitors not only the calories you’re burning but the quality of your sleep, stress and calorie intake too. I was really intrigued to find out how many calories I burned in a normal day compared to how much I was eating, because who really knows without intense supervision? My normal day consists of walking to the tube station (5-7 minutes), trying to walk up and down all the escalators, walking to the office from the tube station (5-7 minutes), sitting at my desk (typing, going to and from meetings, getting up to make a cuppa), the reverse route home, and then doing the normal household chores (cooking, hanging out washing, making a cuppa, sitting in front of the TV). I was also very interested in discovering the quality of sleep I was getting, mainly so I had an excuse for waking up tired in the morning! So I put on my armband…

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Once you’re wearing your band, you’re automatically registered to an online system where all your details can be processed. When you want to view this data, you just plug the armband into your computer, allow a two-minute download of their software and the latest information is uploaded to the Ki Fit activity manager.

You’re then presented graphs and spreadsheets comparing your calorie intake and calories burned, your steps taken (if you live in London – and don’t take cabs – you’ll be amazed how much your steps add up!) as well as a physical activity graph (did you know you burn one calorie a minute just sleeping and three calories a minute sat at your desk typing?). The Ki Fit also monitors the quality of your sleep so you can see if you’re waking up in the night and how many hours you were in a deep sleep.

By inputting your current weight and your goal weight into the system and setting yourself targets, you can then input what you’ve eaten into the food diary and balance what you’ve consumed with what you’ve burned. It also helps you keep track of your targets, which really encourages you to beat your personal best.

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