Fitbit Charge HR | Good For Weight Loss?

By | November 12, 2015

Fitbit Charge HR Review………

fitbit charge HR

Product: Fitbit Charge HR
Price: £92.49
Cheapest place to buy: Amazon

Guarantee: Yes
My rating: 
8.5/10

Product overview

Take control of your lifestyle with the Fitbit charge HR and track your activity all day every day.

Accurately track your heart rate, steps, stairs climbed, distance, calorie expenditure, water consumption, active minutes, sleep patterns, weight gain/weight loss and even map exercise routes.

Bluetooth technology and GPS tracking allows for effortless syncing with smartphones and computers so you will never miss your goals and check your progress on the go.

 

My experience

Two months ago if someone asked me are fitness wearables any good I would of flat out said NO!

You are probably wondering what’s changed my mind and it is all down to this one product it’s not like the I watch or the Moto 360, Fitbit Charge HR knows exactly where it sits in the market.

Fitbit Charge HR doesn’t want to be all singing and all dancing apps gadget, it wants to be the king of the activity tracker and it does a damn good job as well.

I initially bought this gadget to track my sleep. I have a horrible sleep pattern and I wanted to know if I was in deep sleep or not and this sleek band confirmed what I already knew…… restless!d10ae086-6b10-4c35-9dad-c22a40cc7859._V333337352__SR300,300_

After playing around with it and signing up for your free online account I started using all the other cool features it boosts and shockingly I don’t drink enough water get enough sleep or enough calories.

I really can’t stress enough how easy it is to track your goals you just put it on and let it do the rest you don’t need to activate it to let it know you’re going to sleep it just knows.

Fitbit has a massive library of foods and drinks so you just scan the barcode and it logs them particular items calories if for instance if you cook a meal and don’t have a barcode just enter it manually and if you have that same meal again it’s there stored in your custom food.

It’s light comfortable and doesn’t look like a watch that belongs in 2068, everything about it is designed to make you forget you’re wearing it and that for me is great.

I never thought I would be sold on something I thought was just a gimmick but it has well and truly bowled me over and it will you as well.

 

 

Product specs

  • Heart rate sensor
  • Three-axis accelerometer
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Lithium polymer battery
  • Whopping 120 hours run time
  • 2 hour charge time
  • Caller ID, silent alarm and vibrate alert
  • Operates up to -20 degrees and 45 degrees Celsius
  • Data tracking
  • Extremely lightweight at 10g
  • Water resistance
  • Online Dashboard

Summary

Technology is playing a big part in the health and fitness industry and the Fitbit is king for everyday lifestyle tracking.

Simple, discreet and accurate and specialises in goal tracking, no fancy apps such as facebook, twitter and games just everything you need for fitness goals is displayed on the screen.

I and lots of other fitness professionals are turning towards technology for accurate data tracking and the Fitbit Charge HR is the best out there at the moment and strongly recommend you to invest as I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Click this link to take you to amazon now and join millions of others in making your goals trackable.

If you have a Fitbit or got any questions please leave comments below.

Regards Steven

57 thoughts on “Fitbit Charge HR | Good For Weight Loss?

  1. Matt's Mom

    I have been thinking about buying a Fitbit and wasn’t sure which one to buy or if I really needed one for that matter. I like the idea of tracking my sleep just to see how much I actually do sleep. I think I wake up entirely too much. I think I would also get out and walk more with the watch on, just because I am way competitive and want to see good results on my wrist!

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    1. Steven

      Hey,

      This is an older model now but still decent enough but don’t expect “accurate” at really high intensity as they faced quite a big law suit in USA for that same reason.

      I am going to do some more reviews on the new models soon and I will come back and link it for you.

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  2. Andrew

    Great in depth review about the product fitbit. I myself have never used a fitness wearable but, your blog has most definitely helped me decide if I want one or not.I like the way how you compared the pros and cons. I will sure be back soon to your website for more reviews on fitness products.

    Andrew Ngan

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    1. Steven

      Hi thank you for stopping by I am currently looking at a new fitbit product as the times move fast with these wearable products

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  3. netp

    Hey, really pleased to find this review because I’d been thinking about buying one of these. One thing I never got, (sorry to sound dumb) but where is the screen!? They always just look like a band?…. can you check for all these foods etc just on the band itself?. I have wondered about sleep too, because I do get insomnia sometimes and restless sleep. I am sure I don’t drink enough water for the amount of exercise I do!

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    1. Steven

      Hi netp,

      The screen is the little smooth shiny bit on the face of the Fitbit Charge HR, you cant check food on the screen you become a member and download the app for smartphones or a computer.

      You maybe intrested in this post “lose belly fat while sleeping” it has some good tips on how to get a restfull nihts sleep

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  4. Derek Marshall

    Hi there,

    Wow! seriously WOW! this fit bit thing looks seriously awesome and can help people not only get fit but to lead a healthy lifestyle also.

    A couple of questions, what data is tracked via the bar code on food items?

    And being I rather forgetful when it comes to watches is this water proof, like shower proof and playable in the swimming pool proof? what is the water proof rating? 50m 200m?

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    1. Steven

      Its a great fitness tracker but unfortuanlty its only splash resistant so fine to wear in the rain (not terantial) but actual body of water it will drown unfortunatly

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  5. Kristof

    Very good review, thanks. It’s good to know that such devices work and can be helpful. I have been using my smart phone to monitor my daily activities and exercise like walking and running, but it doesn’t give so much information like Fitbit Charge HR. You wrote that it helped you to track your goals. That’s great, but did it help you to achieve your goals too?

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    1. Steven

      Hi Kristoff,

      Fitbit Charge HR worked for me, however its recently come to light at high intensity there accuracy drops a bit.

      as far as life style trackers go there still brilliant but your figures if you train at really high intensity then data will be slightly out

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  6. Matt's Mom

    I have been looking….and wanting a Fitbit. Being that it is Mother’s Day today, my son would like to buy one for me as a gift. It was great to read everything about the Fitbit. I really didn’t know the capabilities of what a Fitbit really does, I just knew that I wanted one. I know kind of silly. Thank you so much for sharing this information, now I know I want one!

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    1. Steven

      Glad to be of assistance this model is a older one know so i will link my upcoming post on the newer models

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  7. Travis Smithers

    I have heard some information about personal trackers for health and up till now was not familiar with the Fitbit Charge HR.

    I’m still not all that familiar with the entire way they work and get all their readings, but I do know with all the changes in technology things are getting better and more accurate.

    I like the fact you also pointed out that the Fitbit is dedicated to tracking your needs for fitness etc. without trying to give you extra bells and whistles that are unrelated.

    Thanks for the update.

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    1. Steven

      Hey Travis,

      The fitbit is a bit of a enigma as some love it some hate it, and its accuracy has been called in to question but tbh its perfect if your an average joe and not a elite athlete.

      Do you have any experience with fitness tech.

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  8. Heather Grace

    Great review! I have long been interested in the Fitbit. I know so many people with one who love it. How does the tracking work? Do you have to sign up for an account online to track your progress? Is there an app you can use? I don’t exercise much but do try to get steps in each day so this might be an option for me. Thanks!

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    1. Steven

      Hi Heather,

      Fitbit charge HR tracks movement from sensors and gps and other sensor track blood flow throw capillaries, you get a free account online or you can use the app.

      Hope this helps

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  9. Xander

    I’m not a big wearable tech type a guy and prefer to do things the old school way. When I feel I have over indulged I would check my diet and do high intensity workouts for the next few days. I never knew that the fitbit had so many advantages and functions. You really did a great job outlining it for me to understand the fitbit a bit better.
    If I was to invest in something like this would it the Charge HR be my best option?

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  10. Jessica

    Hi Steven,

    These things look really cool and they sound amazing to help people get healthy all around and not just lose weight. However, I have been skeptical about things like this because my skin gets irritated very quickly. I just don’t know if I could wear these all the time, day and night, and not get an irritation. I get irritations all the time from watches, whether nylon or leather bands, so I have always been curious about what material this is and if it is something that I could wear all the time.

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  11. Katia

    Hi Steven,

    Thanks for this review, for a long while now I’ve seen every man and his dog wearing a fitbit, and I’ve always sort of felt that it was a bit of a fad thing, but they seem to have stuck around, and after reading your review I can see why.

    I think I’m going to have another little think about it, but I think that I might just have to save up my monies and buy me a fitbit! I used to be an incredibly light sleeper – I take medication now that helps me sleep more soundly – and I think I would’ve just been shocked at how little sleep I get.

    Thanks again for sharing this article, it was super useful for me to make up my mind about jumping on that bandwagon and going ahead and take my commitment to living healthier to the next level.

    All the best,

    Katia

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    1. Steven

      Hey Katia,

      You wont be disappointed, if you have any problems reading the data from the fitbit charge hr then please leave me a comment to help you.

      They are becoming more and more popular and mainstream I would certainly recommend them

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  12. HolisticJB

    Hi
    this is actually a very interesting post. I assumed, like yourself, that these devices were just a gimmick or a must have for the fashionista exerciser…however after reading your post it seems there might be more than meets the eye.
    I had no idea the number of functions they contained. The different functions contained in the fitbit seem really impressive.
    Thanks again…Must admit I’m tempted
    J

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    1. Steven

      Hey J,

      It is a great device for any individual young, old fit or un-fit, the popularity of the wearable fitness tech is starting to really pick up pace and for good reason.

      the only problem is with these wearables is people just dont know what to do with the stats they collect, lucikly companys are aware of this and starting to educate with there products

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  13. Matt Killy

    @stevenVarley It depends on what you mean by training.

    I’ve always tried to stay active but that’s been two months now that I train 5 times a week.
    So I really watch my diet, I only eat very clean food: no sugar. I cut carbs. Only proteins and veggies for now 🙂
    Eating clean/healthy food is really key to lose weight and I think a lot of people underestimate it and only think it’s 100% training.
    It’s actually both working together.
    If you’re interested in recipes for healthy snacks, feel free to check out my blog and let me know what you think about it, I would be very glad to read your feedback.

    Keep up the great content!
    Best,
    Matt

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    1. Steven

      Ah thanks Matt definatly will look at your blog do you have a url for me to click,

      They say it’s 70% diet 30% training and I believe that.

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  14. Matt Killy

    Really great article!

    I’ve been wanting to try this Fitbit product for a long time now and thanks to your review I’m definitely gonna try 🙂

    Best,
    Matt

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    1. Steven Varley Post author

      Definatly recommend it, I love mine watching my resting heart rate get lower is a fantastic feeling.

      Have you been training long?

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  15. Pete

    The Fitbit looks like the perfect tool to keep one more health conscientious. I found it very interesting to read how and why you’re opinion changed of the Fitbit once you experienced it for yourself. The amount of information you can get just from the Fitbit is unreal. Can’t even believe it tells you if you haven’t drank enough water for the day and the quality of your sleep. I’ll be looking more into this!

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    1. Steven

      Hi Pete, it is a good tool it’s a shame it doesn’t do the exercise for you….. The features are neat you just got to remember to input the water

      Are you on a fitness plan at the moment

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  16. LED Massive

    A very pleasant surprise! I read the whole article I must admit, with a bit of “oh, another health article” attitude, yet was drawn into it from the beginning. Great writing style. Clear navigation, nothing to scoff at. Good Job.

    About the content: a small table of comparable models would be beneficial. Also, it was not clear that if it came in several color choices, what those might be. I am assuming also that it is NOT made of metal (band, case)?

    Please keep up the good work and consider writting a story or book in the future if you have not done so already.

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    1. Steven

      thank you might look at a book one day lol it does come in different colours and made of rubber thank you for feedback

      Reply
  17. Erik

    Hello Steven.
    This Fitbit Charge HR looks like a very nice and effective fitness watch. As I can see it has plenty of functions available like heart rate sensor, step counter, distance counter, calorie expenditure,water consumption… All this functions make it a great fitness tool. I know the price is resonable, but it’s still too much for me

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    1. Steven

      Hi Erik,

      yes it is a good watch and does have a lot of funtions there is a app called my fitness pal that does the calorie counting side of things and its free so maybe worth having a look at that

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  18. LakanDula

    Great information! Very detailed and broken down! However, an image would probably do you well as I couldn’t find an image where it normally would be. Website looks very nice and color schemes match the niche, black is a common theme color for weight-loss niche. “The Weight Loss Hub” is a creative website name.

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    1. Steven

      just reminded me to put the pictures back up had problem with page so stripped them out all up and running now though thank you for stoping by

      are doing any kind of training at the minute

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  19. Terrance

    I’m glad you did this review. I am actually looking into investing in a FitBit. The reason being is that, like you said, technology within the health industry in growing rapidly. So I want to manage my clients better with the advancement of this great gadget.

    I also like the fact that they have cool colors. Plus the heart rate monitors at the gym are kind of inaccurate. Thanks again!

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    1. Steven

      Hi Terrence,

      Heart rate monitors on equipment suck lol well worth getting as a PT clients always ask whats that on your wrist and there is no annoying chest strap

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  20. Stephanie

    Fitbit Charge HR sounds like a great way for people to track their health and nutrition not to mention their sleep patterns and if they are getting enough calories or drinking enough water. You mentioned it briefly in your article, but what are the actual costs and what kind of free trial periods are offered? I live in the US so my currency is US dollars. I have seen some technological trackers that are noisy and can be distracting. Is the Fitbit noisy and what does the “HR” stand for?

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    1. Steven

      Hi Stephanie,

      Its the best ive found so far and its not noisy its so discreet and comfortable.

      The HR stands for heart rate

      what sort of exercise are you currently doing at the moment?

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  21. LJ

    Great review. Iv thought I would quite like one of these for a while to help keep me motivated to improve my fitness. I didn’t however realise all the other features it has such as sleep monitoring and calorie counting great to read such a in depth review. If I were to get one I would be unable to wear it for the 8 hours a day I’m at work is it still worth getting one if you can’t wear it all the time ?

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    1. Steven

      absolutly….. You could still track heart rate sleep and how much your drinking and even map your routes

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  22. buildyourpay

    Well presented website attractive and eye catching . Great content and a great product . Very informative . The product looks great and i would find it very helpful to use . A subject that really close to many people’s hearts . Enjoyed the website experience. Great product and great website

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  23. Roopesh

    Hi Steven
    Awesome review of the fitbit.

    Was looking for something that was straight to point and here you have it.

    I am sold on this and come month end paycheck, this is something I will definitely buy.

    Thanks for taking doubt out of my mind and giving me the necessary information I need to buy it.I am so excited.

    Take Care

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    1. Steven

      i do try and get to the point feel people don’t like the waffle you won’t regret buying it….. What would he the best function for you

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  24. Ananomyx

    Wow, this is a really cool product. I wasn’t aware it is able to do all the things that it can do. It is something that I should definitely invest in seeing as it would help track a lot of things that I do not normally do that I should do. Thanks for the information on your site!

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    1. Steven

      its a great product the fact it can track so much every minute of the day what are you tracking at the moment?

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  25. David

    Hi Steven

    This post caught my eye because I have been using a Charge HR for a couple of months now. I love it! I originally bought it to get an idea of how many calories I was burning so I could manage my weight, which it does very well. But like you, I noticed it does a great job of informing me how well I have slept. I had no idea how restless my sleep was. Now that I have noticed, I have taken measures such as going to sleep earlier and not drinking coffee after 6 and I can see that my sleeep has improved and I feel so much better. I am also performing better in the gym. I run faster on the treadmill and can lift heavier weights. Plus I feel more energized. I have always said sleep doesn’t matter, but now I have changed my mind.
    David

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  26. Matt

    I’ve been noticing a lot of people wearing activity trackers lately, and they’re not only for fitness fanatics – they can help anybody track their heart rate, steps, sleep patterns, etc. Most of them are sleek and don’t really stand out, which is nice in my opinion.

    And Fitbit definitely leads the charge in the industry. I couldn’t even name another brand that sells activity trackers. Speaking of which, have you come across any comparable activity trackers from other companies? I’m assuming they’d be much cheaper. Do you own a Fitbit Charge HR?

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    1. Steven Varley Post author

      Good thing about fitbit there not just for exercising, I have been using one for a couple of months now the other comparable and somewhat better is myzone but that’s not for everyday tracking it’s designed for exercise effort measurement apart from that no the fitbit surge is probably better but fitbit charge HR is better value for money

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  27. Jodie

    Hi Steven, I would like to start by saying thank you for creating this website I have got so much useful information that I didn’t have a clue about before! I have been what people would call a ‘yoyo’ dieter for some years now always looking for a quick fix for that special occasion but since getting to the middle age mark I have realised its more about like you said a lifestyle change than a quick fix, I have increased my exercise regime and have been using the fitness pal app to log all my calorie intake but have been looking for ways to track the exercise that I do and this product sounds perfect for me not only will I be able to track my activity throughout the day but I can combine it with tracking my calories and water intake thank you for doing this review the fit bit 🙂 I’m definitely going to be investing

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  28. John

    I have been thinking to buy something like the Fitbit Charge HR for a long time now… The oly thing that has stopped me so far is that I think (just like you said) that it is “overhyped” and won´t make any use (of significance). Do you know if it counts the nr of calories burned if you for example do pullups or dips? Or is it only counting the calories you burn when you running or walking?

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    1. Steven

      its a allday tracker so will count calories burnt even when asleep and when your exercising there calories will burn faster with shows on your data

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  29. Kyle

    I wear one of these every day and I love it. It helps me keep track of how active I am in the day. If I look at my steps and see I’ve only done 3000, I know I have been sitting around to much and I will get up and go do something more active. These are pretty slick, also their return policy is pretty awesome. My wife’s died after only about 3 months and they replaced it within a week. I have been very impressed.

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    1. Steven

      im well impressed aswell, I initially bought one for sleeping monitor but had it on ever since I was shocked at the lack of water I was drinking thought I drunk enough

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  30. Zac

    I was looking into this and I did not know how many others thought about it but it seemed interesting. I think that I will have to invest in this soon! Thanks!

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    1. Steven Varley Post author

      Well worth it Zac so many features on it for such a small price in the wearable market message me if you need to know more

      Reply

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