Updated: 05/16/2017

Bodybugg Review - Does This Calorie-Counter Work?

  • 115 User Comments
  • Rating: 3.1. From 11 votes.
By Sean McNamara Apr 13, 2017

Diet products either work or they don’t. Period. Let’s find out which one Bodybugg is. We took the time to create a comprehensive review, focusing closely on the ingredients, side effects, customer-service quality and scientific studies. We also examined various user comments from all over the internet. At last, we compressed all of the data we collected to give you the facts.

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What is Bodybugg?

The first thing you should know is that the Bodybugg is a wearable fitness device that allows you to track how many calories you have burned throughout the day. Most people wear it on their arm but it can be strapped to other locations based on preference. The device is supposed to connect wirelessly to the internet to store your information and create useful reports.

Bodybugg was distributed by 24 Hour Fitness which was founded in 1979. They are a privately owned fitness corporation and chain of stores. They have more than 400 club in the United States, but read on…

Lack of Support– “I Need Help!”

The first concern we have is the lack of customer service for Bodybugg. The official website has been taken down and many consumers feel like they have been left out in the cold. According to our Research Editor, “The importance of reliable support is paramount with electronic devices. This is especially true if it is a product that people are relying on to improve their lives.”

According to a former fan, “There is no website so it is now totally useless.”

Another complained, “The company went out of business, making the devices useless. Do not buy because you will simply being returning it.”

Others had more positive experiences. One claimed, “It’s a great little gadget, it was a little confusing to set up but I figured it out and it works great.”

Another said, “I got the six-month free subscription to the nutrition website and I have consistently lost two pounds a week. It’s a great resource!”

Unreliability– “It Stopped Working”

When a consumer takes the time to become familiar with a device they expect to be able to use it for years to come. Unfortunately, this was not the experience many users had with their Bodybugg.

According to one reviewer, “It’s a cool device; however, after owning one I can tell you that the armband straps break very quickly.”

Another said, “I went through two Bodybuggs. One lasted two months and the next one died after only six months. Not worth the money.”

Others had more positive experiences. One customer explained, “It’s fun to count calories and see how exercise effects calories burned. I like it!”

A happy reviewer said, “This tells you exactly how many calroies you have burned, no guessing. It’s just what I wanted.”

According to our research, great customer service and working reliably are two of the most important factors for dieters. If the Bodybugg doesn’t work and consumers have no way to get help they will move on to a similar device that better fits their needs.

The Science – “Burning Calories is Good”

At DietSpotlight, we need scientific proof a product works. In this case, we know that burning more calories than one consumes will lead to weight-loss. The question is in how well the Bodybugg reports these factors. As it turns out, there isn’t evidence that shows electronic measurements are accurate.

The Bottom Line – Does Bodybugg Work?

What’s the real deal with the Bodybugg? It appears that for many people it did work as expected. However, there was a yearly subscription fee to the website which was about $80 over the cost of the device itself. This was necessary to receive maximum benefits. Unfortunately, this is no longer functional so anyone purchasing the device now will likely be unhappy with the results. This is one reason why we have reservations about offering support.

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Previous Bodybugg Review (Updated August 21, 2015):

What You Should Know

Bodybugg is fairly new to the fitness and weight reduction arena. The basic principle behind this product is that you need to burn more calories than you consume. The device is strapped to the user's arm, clipped on the belt, or attached to some other article of clothing. It then monitors the user's calorie burning, as well as the number of calories consumed, similar to SmartPlate.


  • Bodybugg seems to make use of state-of-the-art- technology.
  • Bodybugg now supports Mac software as well.
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  • The cost of this device is rather high at $249.00.
  • Some users report becoming obsessed with the number-monitoring that Bodybugg requires.
  • May experience compatibility issues with some computer operating systems. (See reader comments.)

About The Bodybugg

The creator of Bodybugg is Apex, which is also the manufacturer of 24 Hour Fitness. This unique device offers "feedback" to the user. When you purchase the Bodybugg, you get an armband, digital display, one phone session with a coach and a three-month subscription to the web-based program, as well as a custom meal plan with food logging capabilities. The cost of the entire Bodybugg program is $249.00, and a more basic version seems to sell for $199. There is also a CostCo offer that allows members to get the Bodybugg and a 1-year online membership for $179 at the time of this review. There are some user success stories presented for Bodybugg on the official website.

Product Features

The Bodybugg is a contemporary gadget geared toward women and men who are trying to shed excess body weight. The purpose of this tool is to reveal how long the user has exercised, how much food they've consumed that day, if they've reached their daily target, and how many calories have been burned. The Bodybugg has been featured in publications like Women's Health, CNET, News.com, PC World's Digital Duo, Self, and BusinessWeek Online. Although the Bodybugg device does not directly aid in the weight loss process, it is intended to be utilized as one piece of a comprehensive weight loss routine.


The Bodybugg device can be used by individuals trying to drop excess pounds. There are no potential side effects that come with this product. However, the cost of a Bodybugg is rather high at $249.00, and after that you still need to do all of the work to see any results. It is important to remember that this device will not directly result in pounds lost, and is only a monitoring tool.
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Sean has been writing professionally for over 7 years, taking part in hundreds of projects and providing thousands of articles, blogs and reviews for clients and celebrities. Because of his undying love for anything related to the written word, last spring he decided to dip his toes into the health and fitness hot tub. Here, he discovered a passion for providing honest and informative reviews to a world of dieters seemingly lost in a sea of misinformation – and he hasn’t skipped a beat. full bio

Rating: 3.1. From 11 votes.
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115 Comments on "Bodybugg Review"


ok, i just read that it must be used with a subscription to work properly, so how much is that gonna set me back?

Victoria (Editor)

Hi Sondra. The one year subscription is approximately $179.


I’m also wondering about the subscrption, I don’t want it if I have to pay monthly in addtion to $200. I think you might be able to do the digital display and not the subscriptio.

from what I’ve seen so far the subscription is for the internet thing? But have no idea if this is accurate

Does anyone know?


Someone earlier in the comments mentioned that they contacted Body Bugg and were informed the subscription is mandatory. I’m not sure about this, though.

Lori Underwood

I think if you need to kick start your routine great but it’s not worth the cost to renew every 6 months,60.00 is a little steep…


With the new bodybugg you have to have the subscription to download your information every 2 weeks. If you don’t download and clear out your bugg about every 2 weeks, it won’t work.

Donna Feltmann

If you don’t renew your subscription, can you still use the bodybug?

Victoria (Editor)

Hello Donna. The bodybugg might not work correctly or save data accurately without the subscription.


Why does it have to be on the right arm? I need to move it over because I seem to be allergic to the metal so I need to give this arm a rest. Do you think the left arm is the same? Has anyone tried that?

Victoria (Editor)

Hi Gwen. For detailed product use instructions please refer to the official bodybugg website for more information.


Is there anyway to log your food on BodyBuggSP when you’re not wearing your Body Bugg?

Victoria (Editor)

Hi Audrey. For detailed product and features instructions please refer to the official bodybugg website for more information.


Is anyone looking to get rid of their bodybugg, I need one.

kulprapa sartsri

i live in thailand.is there anywhere here where i can buy the body bugg. thank you so much


Hi Kulprapa – I have a bodybugg with digital display for sale if you’re still interessed?

Victoria (Editor)

Hello. For product ordering inquiries or sales locations, please refer to the bodybugg official website for more information.


Is the armband V2 still compatible with the current programs? Would like to start using it again.

Hi Emmett! For detailed product and usage instructions, please refer to the Bodybugg official website for more information.


Do I have to have the web subscription to use BodyBugg OR can I use the armband and the digital display?

Victoria (Editor)

Hi Teri. For detailed product use instructions please refer to the official bodybugg website for more information.

Mark E

I was just given a bodybugg but cannot find anywhere to activate & register it……help….anyone???

Hi Mark. We were unable to find an official website for BodyBugg. Sorry, it looks like that company no longer supports the device.

Delinda Saraceno

Another great post. I’m reading some useful information today. How did folks survive before the internet? Thank you for the share!

gamma 11

Just kidding. I’ll be new to this forum but have belonged to the large amount of some others. Want to have equipped to allow a few of you and be expecting you may aid me must the need need arise.


If you have a MAC, don’t buy Bodybugg. It stops working every time there is a system upgrade and it takes forever for Bodybugg tech support to figure out how to fix it. I’m so frustrated I’m shopping for a new system.


Just Ordered my BodyBuggSp on Friday from 24hr fitness, and wanted to share. I was able to purchase it for $126 between their sale, and the coupon code AFP5024. I thought that this was a good deal. I will let you know how it works when it gets here!


After 2 hours of muddling through the confusing Bodybugg setup (no Set Up Guide was included), I have my iPhone app running & BB on my arm. Within minutes, the App shows that I have burned 755 calories today. Why? Is this just an estimate that it is guessing based on my weight and time of day? Or, does this mean my BB is not working correctly…thinking that I have worked out? Sure would have helped to have a Set Up Guide with instructions & FAQs!!!

Victoria (Editor)

Hello. I think your product might be malfunctioning. Please refer the official bodybugg website to contact customer service.


In deference to the cost of the Body Bugg, you do have to realize that over the course of a few years of using it and the health of the user (which improves dramatically) cost is relatively low.
I’ve been using the Body Bugg for 5 weeks now and have lost 18 pounds! I have actually seen what I used to eat (too many calories) and have seen my eating habits change because of the Body Bugg. Yes,you have to input your food into the database but the database itself has grown and most of what I eat now is in their database. For me, using the “Bugg” has been an eye opening experience.


The BodyBugg is a great product, when it works. Customer Service is great, if the product works. HOWEVER, if you find that it stops working, so does Customer Service.
Customer Service was great at training me on its use and answering all my questions. I was losing weight and eating healthier with the assistance of the BodyBugg and related software.
Then one day, I found that the BodyBugg no longer works with my computer… my computer could not download the information from the BodyBugg. At first, BodyBugg Customer Service was great… they logged into my computer to make sure that I am not running any of the software that is not compatible with the BodyBugg and ran diagostics, et cetera. They found no conflicts, no problems. When it still wasn’t working, they replace my device. When it was found that even the new device was not responding, they escalated the matter to a higher level of customer service… that meant, ignoring me!
At first they did respond to say that it must be some software that I had downloaded. I advised as to the software downloaded (I had just bought an e-Reader), and was advised that this is not the problem. After that, they no longer respond to my inquiries as to what the problem is and how it will be resolved. I LOVED the BodyBugg while it worked and asked that they try to fix the problem, but also asked that if they could not fix it, then to refund my money… they will do neither.
So, think twice before spending your hard-earned money!!!


The bodybugg is now $149.99 after a $60 rebate on the Costco site. The sale is going on thru March 12, 2011..Good luck everyone.


Thanks Chara for the info. I’ll go to Costco tomorrow. Very excited to get one!

Lori Underwood

Not worth the money you spend in subscriptions


I received the new BB SP that is suppose to pair with your phone. I love the BB – works well on my computer – but the phone app sucks! Doesn’t work most of the time. Also – my new BB started falling apart after just 3 weeks. 24 hr replaced it, but now after 1 week it is starting to happen again. The back cracks and falls apart around the sensors. Don’t know whats up with that but 24 hr fitness is standing behind it and working with me on getting one that stays together and works! Can’t recommend it to anyone thought, especially the newer one. The app is a problem.


In my experience it’s true the BodyBugg does not accurately measure caloric burn for biking or elliptical use if you wear it on the arm, I read a tip on another website to wear it on your left calf. I tried that and it’s working out much better