Updated: 09/12/2017

Bodybugg Review - Does This Calorie-Counter Work?

By Summer Banks Aug 10, 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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Summer Banks Dietspotlight Author
About the Author:

Summer Banks, Director of Content at Dietspotlight, has researched over 5000 weight-loss programs, pills, shakes and diet plans. Previously, she managed 15 supplement brands, worked with doctors specializing in weight loss and completed coursework in nutrition at Stanford University. full bio.

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  gonna set me back

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.

  Renewing bodybug
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.

  Found it hard to use. Very disappointed.
Gwen (Verified User)

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. The bodybugg™ is designed to be worn on the back of the upper right arm (the tricep), against the skin and under your clothes. If you’re allergic, it might be better to consult with your physician before continuing its use.

  Questions about logs
Audrey (Verified User)

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

Victoria (Editor)

Hi Audrey. Yes. You can log in your good online without wearing your Body Bugg device. Actually, the online program is the foundation of the bodybugg™ system. Based on your body mass change, the system will determine your actual calorie deficit (or surplus) on a daily basis, based on a one week average.

  Looking for alternative

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

  Body bugg
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. We didn’t find mention of “the company” shipping to Thailand, but we’re not affiliated with the company.

  Would like to start using it again
Emmett (Verified User)

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

Maribel (Editor)

Hi Emmett! As long as the armband still works, it should be compatible with the current program.

  Do I have web subscription to use BodyBugg
Teri (Verified User)

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. Yes, you will need access to a web and subscribe in order to utilize the bodybugg™ system.

Mark E

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

  Great read
Delinda Saraceno

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

I'll be new to this forum but have belonged to the large amount of some others.
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.

  Hated the product.
Gail (Verified User)

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.

  Bodybugg results

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!

  Confused with Bodybugg setup
Michholl (Verified User)

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 Michholl. The bodybugg personal tracking device records every move you make. It collects data from 4 different sensors to track calories burned with 92% accuracy. And it also tracks every step you take. To calculate the calorie expenditure is uses 4 main measurement components: 1) accelerometer, 2) heat flux, 3) galvanic skin response, 4) skin temperature. So, it seems the sensors calculated an estimate (using its algorithms) of your calories burned today.

  An eye opening experience
Barry (Verified User)

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.

  Started great but experiencing issues now
Zel (Verified User)

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!!!

Good luck everyone
Chara (Verified User)

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!

Not worth the money
Lori Underwood

Not worth the money you spend in subscriptions

  I love the BB
Jo (Verified User)

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.

  he BodyBugg does not accurately measure caloric burn
annie (Verified User)

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

  It's true Harrison
Annie (Verified User)

It’s true Harrison, I did 60 minutes workout on an arc trainer and it only recorded 14 min of activity. Tech support said it’s because the BodyBugg needs arm movement to record activity and the arm movement can’t be too smooth or slow. I got around this by wearing it on my calf. I like it but my armband just broke, velcro disc came off) I’m waiting to see how customer service responds

  body Bug software
Emmett (Verified User)

I wwas wondering what all Body Bugs are compatible with the body Bug software. I have an older BB, I want to use it again, and wanted to see if I could just purchase the program and get back on it.

Victoria (Editor)

Hello Emmett. For detailed product and new feature instructions please refer to the official bodybugg website for more information.


I LOVE the Bodybugg. It`s the ONLY system that has encouraged me to lose weight. Sure it has a few *gliches* but nothing that makes me regret purchase.
A geat item in my opinion. 🙂

  Subscription in order

So, if I buy the bodybugg, is there a subscription I also have to purchase in order to use it? Or is this something I can do by myself with my computer? Because this really would make a difference in my decision to purchse. Quite frankly, for 250 bucks, you shouldn’t have to purchase any kind of subscription in order to “use it”. Thank You

  Will they come out with a waterproof version?

Will they come out with a waterproof version? I swim a lot and would love to use something like it for the water.

  I'm selling mine on ebay
Laura (Verified User)

I have had the bodybugg for over a year and have subscribed off and on. I just got the digital display thinking I didnt need the subscription but I call and find out it is mandatory. I feel like its their way of sucking the money right out of you. If I can I’m selling mine on ebay and get another product where I’m not forced to pay them forever to use it.

  I have a bodybugg and can't work
steven sigur (Verified User)

I have a bodybugg Apex and cann’t get it to work ;it not being recognized on any computer i plug it into;
can anyone inform me of what to do to get this working correctly.
thank you

Victoria (Editor)

Hello Steven. it may be that the device has a malfunction. Continue trying, maybe turn the device and your computer on and off to see what happens…

  I just order this product

Just got my bb in the mail and am soooo excited. Already been on the phone to their customer service twice. 1st guy was great and helped with finding how to get the sn logged in; 2nd guy told me, when I called to aske why I keep getting the error message “Error 1327.Invalid Drive: K:\”, the problem was with my computer and I needed to call their help line for help. No help whatsoever and I can’t get help for my computer ‘cuz eMachines makes you PAY to ask a question!! Anyone else have this problem and have any idea how to fix it? I just want to load my software and start using it…..before I give up and send it back!

  I love the BB
Jen (Verified User)

The BB beeps when it goes on an that is it. If it goes off it beeps again. No lights display. If you push the button you can check if it is on. My guess, is that it is. By the way, I love the BB

  Hi I just bought mine on qvc for 200

Hi I just bought mine on qvc for 200 and a free 12 month subscription. I also got it on easy pay so I pay 50 a month a for it.