High-tech weight loss gadgets

OMRON GOsmart™ Dual-Axis Pocket Pedometers
Model #: HJ-112
Price: $34.99
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Description:
Whether simply walking or taking the right steps to meet fitness goals, Omron's GOsmart™ Dual-Axis Pocket Pedometers are the perfect choice to track progress - easily, accurately and over time. Dual-Axis Pocket Pedometers feature advanced 2D Smart Sensor Technology, which enables the pedometer to be placed horizontally or vertically while accurately counting steps. The HJ-112 can be placed at the hip, in a pocket or clipped to a bag for added convenience.

Weight Watchers iPhone App
Model #: n/a
Price: FREE
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Description:
All users of the Weight Watchers iPhone App, whether or not they're a Weight Watchers Online or eTools subscriber, will have access to: a new Weight Watchers Featured Recipe each day, create shopping lists from recipes with the tap of a button, learn to make smarter food choices with interactive Cheat Sheets that show you what to look for and how to better understand the foods you eat, get inspired by success stories and get valuable tips and insights from articles, and find a convenient Weight Watchers meeting time and location anywhere in the country. In addition, subscribers to Weight Watchers Online or eTools can access the following app features, included in their subscription: Track POINTS® values for food and activity, quickly calculate POINTS values of items in restaurants or on grocery store shelves, search the Weight Watchers Online database of more than 31,000 food options, plus meals, recipes and restaurants, save time by storing POINTS values for "favorite" and "recently added" foods, view personal weight history, and compare POINTS values and make smarter food choices with a full suite of interactive Cheat Sheets.

InnerScan Segmental Body Composition Monitor
Model #: BC-568
Price: $299.99
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Description:
From the leaders in body composition comes a whole new level in measuring your Competitive Edge- Tanita's BC-568 Segmental Body Composition Monitor. Why segmental? Simply put, segmental gives you more information than standard body composition monitors. This totally unique product gives individual body composition readings for each body segment- trunk, right arm, left arm, right leg and left leg. The BC-568 is especially useful for anyone who is monitoring the balance of left and right side of body or trying to build or rehabilitate a particular part of one's body. The BC-568 uses innovative retractable handgrip electrodes, along with standard feet electrodes. These eight bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) electrodes allow the BC-568 to go well beyond standard body composition; giving you a segmental review of what you are made of.

Advanced Activity Monitor
Model #: n/a
Price: $99 (Starter Package)
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Description:
The Activity Monitor is based on the Philips Tracmor, which was developed by Philips Research and Maastricht University. According to a review in Obesity 2007, a scientific journal, the Tracmor is extremely accurate in measuring an individual's daily energy expenditure. The Activity Monitor can measure all the movements you make. These measurements are combined with your age, gender, height and weight, and then converted to the calories you burn in each activity. Whether you wear it in your pocket, as a necklace or on your belt, it doesn't get in the way. The Activity Monitor is waterproof so you can take it with you while you swim. The indicator lights on the side start each day showing zero activity, indicated by a single green light. Each additional green light brings you 15% closer to your daily 100% activity target.

BodyBugg
Model #: n/a
Price: FREE for 6 months (after initial 6 months the online subscription renewal fees are: $9.95 for month to month, $49.95 for 6 months or $79.95 for 12 months)
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Description: Now you can know how many calories you're burning with the revolutionary bodybugg calorie management system. Combined with a user-friendly web-based program*, the bodybugg makes it easy to manage the calories you consume and burn so that you can stay in control of your weight. The BodyBugg uses specialized sensors to monitor calories burned with over 90% accuracy, manages calorie consumption through a web-based program, and tracks steps with a built-in pedometer, includes a FREE phone coaching session to help get you started. It's PC and Mac compatible, and runs on a rechargeable battery.

Important information regarding the need to consult with a physician regarding bodybugg:

Can I use the armband if I am pregnant?
While we have no data suggesting the armband is unsafe during pregnancy we recommend that you consult with your physician prior to wearing the armband if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.

Can I wear a bodybugg armband if I have a pacemaker?
You should seek the advice from your physician, as the information here is used for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for medical advice from a qualified medical professional. No health information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.

Zeo Personal Sleep Coach
Model #: n/a
Price: $249 for the Zeo Personal Sleep Coach and $349 for Zeo Personal Sleep Coach Plus Guided Coaching
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Description:
The Zeo headband uses a patent-pending SoftWave™ sensor technology to accurately and safely measure your unique sleep patterns through the electrical signals naturally produced by the brain. As you pass through different levels of sleep - lighter to deeper and back again - the Zeo Headband tracks how you are sleeping. The Zeo Bedside Display puts last night's sleep data at your fingertips and will store up to two weeks of data for easy viewing. When you wake up, it gives you a personal sleep score - your ZQ - and shows a graph of your Light, Deep and REM sleep over the course of the night. The bedside display will also present you with information about last night's sleep and how it compares to previous nights. The Zeo Bedside Display allows you to store your sleep information on an SD memory card (like the memory cards used with digital cameras). With your SD card and its USB adapter, you can easily upload all of your sleep information to the myZeo Personal Coaching website, and begin to spot trends in your sleep that you have never been able to see before.

Social Networking
Price: FREE
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Description:
From Facebook and Twitter to Weight Watchers Community people are joining social networking Web sites more and more each day. Whether for friendships, weight loss, or business, social networks offer online communities and virtual support that can be accessed at your convenience.

About Dr. Melina Jampolis:
Dr. Jampolis is an internist and board certified physician nutrition specialist (one of only a few hundred in the country). She specializes exclusively in nutrition for weight loss and disease prevention and treatment.

A graduate of Tufts University as well as Tufts School of Medicine, she completed her residency in internal medicine at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, a Stanford University teaching hospital. In 2005, Dr. Melina hosted a program on the Discovery Network's FIT TV titled "Fit TV's Diet Doctor" and she currently serves as the diet and fitness expert for CNNHealth.com. She is the chief medical officer of smartnow and serves as a member of the advisory board and a regular contributor to www.vivmag.com and Heart Healthy Living (Meredith Corporation). In January 2010, she joined the medical advisory board of Better Homes & Gardens.

Dr. Melina is a highly sought after public speaker and lectures throughout the country on nutrition for weight loss and optimal health. She has been interviewed by USA Today, USA Weekend, Family Circle, Glamour.com, Ladies Home Journal, Women's World, and more on nutrition and weight loss related topics. She has appeared numerous times on Live with Regis and Kelly, CNN, FOX News channel, and more.
Melina's website: http://www.drmelina.com

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