iChoice Health & Weight Management Program + FitBit Ultra {review}

I have been slacking lately. Sorry about that. I’m moving to another apartment in my building next week so I’ve been trying to get rid of all of the food in the fridge and now I have only random foods left so I can’t really make any fun foods worthy of blogging about. I also haven’t had my regular yogurt parfaits in a week because of that reason. And the truth is… I feel better. It’s actually kind of sad for me to admit because I love them but my stomach feels flatter and I don’t feel bloated. I guess too much dairy is not good for me after all. I’ve decided to try to keep a limit on my yogurt and kefir use for a while. It’s weird that I feel thinner only by cutting out these dairy products, I still eat cheese sometimes (that’s dairy) but obviously not in the quantities as I would use my yogurt. Instead of the yogurt, I’ve been making my parfaits with protein pudding instead. It’s good, but I’m still searching for the perfect yogurt replacement.

Also as I mentioned in my recent post, I changed the program I’m on and I am currently on “Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle” program. I have upped my calorie intake to ~1450 per day (as opposed to 1200-1300 like before) and I’ve been very cautious about what macros I eat every day, staying at 50% carbs, 30% protein, and 20% fat for the most part. I’ve upped my protein from before and it’s funny because I thought I was at a pretty high protein diet before but I guess not. There was a hell of a lot of reading and figuring stuff out in this “Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle” ebook but stuff is coming together nicely. I have to say even though I was skeptical at first, I actually really like it and it hasn’t even been a week yet. I don’t feel like I’m restricting myself (because I’m not.. 1500 calories vs 1200 is a pretty big difference) and even though I had to put my workouts together myself, my two strength training workouts have been really good and I’ve been sore for 2 days afterwards. I guess I know how to pick em :) I’m looking forward to seeing my results of Burn the Fat program after a month. *fingers crossed*

Even better with the carbs! It’s not even hard to keep the carbs lower if I’m not eating yogurt, haha.

Now, since I don’t have any new recipes to share with you guys, I realized I haven’t done a review of two products I talked about earlier so I might as well do it now. I mentioned my purchase of iChoice Health & Weight Management program a while back; the program was on a Groupon and it sounded pretty good so I went for it.

iChoice Health & Weight Management Program is a 30 day program that includes three things: a nutritional shake (drawn from whole fruits and vegetables with high fiber and protein content, as well as containing other nutrients, amino acids, and essential fatty acids), multivitamin pills (from whole fruits and veggies, plus CoQ10 and Resveratrol), and a carb inhibitor powder (you put it in water and drink 30 min before a carb heavy meal).

Pros:

  • free of stimulants and additives
  • gluten free
  • focused on being drawn from whole foods
  • decent price if bought on Groupon ($49)
  • carb-inhibitor drink doesn’t taste too bad

Cons:

  • I’m not even gonna lie, the shake is disgusting; it clumps and has an unpleasant green color
  • you have to drink the carb-inhibitor 30 minutes before a meal and it’s easy to forget until last minute

Personally, this purchase wasn’t worth it for me. I liked having the multivitamins but I stopped using the shakes after 2 weeks because I couldn’t stand the flavor and they didn’t fill me up properly. Not a good meal replacement at only 120 calories each, I would still be hungry, especially to get that awful taste out of my mouth. The carb-inhibitor drink I still have a lot of left over as well because I simply don’t remember to use it, I remember right as the food is in front of me and by then it’s obviously too late already.

Worth it? Nope. Not for me. The iChoice Health & Weight Management was a waste of money.

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Now on a lighter note, it’s finally time to do a review of the FitBit Ultra that I purchased a while back.

Random pic of me and here’s how I wear the Fitbit on my pants.

FitBit Ultra is an amazing little device! It has seriously transformed my life for the better. Even though it’s on the pricey side, I couldn’t be happier with this purchase. It was a $100 well spent for sure. First, FitBit Ultra is a pedometer. You wear it clipped on your pants or your bra (which is where I usually wear it unless I have a sports bra on). It’s small so you forget it’s even there. And then you walk around. It measures how many steps you take, how many floors you go, how many calories you have burned (based on the steps and activity), how many miles you have walked and also measures your sleep pattern (how many times you wake up throughout the night, how quickly you fell asleep, and the sleep efficiency – this sleep feature I actually only used a few times because I simply forget to do it and I don’t really care that much about it, I sleep pretty decently each night, getting around 8 hours each night except weekends).

Pros:

  • it’s small and easy to wear
  • it is extremely motivating to keep active
  • it’s pretty accurate in steps you make, especially in how many floors you do
  • shows the time
  • fun motivating words with your name show up when you touch it
  • battery lasts a very long time
  • a nice dashboard account online
  • third party websites that use the fitbit data to enter contests and win rewards
  • syncs with MyFitnessPal and other food trackers (it also has its own food and activity tracker on their dashboard if you choose to use theirs)

Cons:

  • expensive
  • only measures steps – so if you’re doing cardio on a bike, those steps won’t show up
  • steps reset back to zero at midnight

Part of the online Dashboard

I’ve made some adjustments to how I wear the Fitbit. I don’t wear it to do my strength workouts because there won’t be many steps recorded in that workout anyway so I find it pointless. I also don’t wear it when I go to work at nightclubs because I walk a lot (about 1500 steps, haha, I recorded it a few times – it’s less than I expected it to be, actually!) and since the data resets at zero then the numbers are all weird for the day. I wish you could manually set when to have the data reset on the Fitbit so that it matches your lifestyle more, but oh well. I’ve just learned to try to get close to 10,000 steps before work so that way I know for sure I have reached the number at work. FitBit has changed my life for the better and has made me a LOT more active. I am happy to walk everywhere now. This little device has made it into a bit of a game, except you’re your only opponent. I gladly walk around just to get the numbers up and obviously it’s better! I never realized how inactive I really was until I purchased this device. Thank God I did. It really is a wonderful thing and I give props to the Fitbit company for bringing it to the public! :)

Questions for you:

  • Have you ever used a pedometer?
  • Have you ever done a weight management/loss program similar to iChoice?
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Comments

  1. says

    Ugh, bummer about those shakes and stuff…since I used to work at GNC I know there are a LOT of powders out there that taste like…well, total ass! Lol Sorry it was a waste, but sounds like the Fitbit totally makes up for it! I’ve been debating for weeks now on getting a pedometer because of all the hoofing it I do at work back and forth from the ER! I had no idea about the midnight resetting though…that would kinda cramp my style since my shift is from 8pm-6:30am! :( Hmm, I’ll have to give it a bit more thought.Thanks for the review love!

    And props to you for kicking your own booty in the gym! I love it when I make up circuits that leave me feeling it for days…oh how I love to complain about being sore! LOL

  2. says

    Love your post! Today I am starting a 90 day program. I put on to much weight and I need to lose it!! You have me concerned! I eat yogurt like there is no tomorrow. I eat it for breakfast snack and dessert. I love the stuff, but now you go t me wondering if I gained weight from all the yogurt i have eaten. I still stay within my calorie ranges, and I get all the right carbs, fat and protein, but darn that yogurt. I don’t think I could go a week without it to see if it’s the reason fro weight gain.

    • Kammie says

      I know what you mean, trust me. I love yogurt too. I’ve become totally addicted. Well, kinda, but I did eat it a lot more than I should and it’s all a matter of habit. Once you limit it a bit, it gets easier. It’s about finding the right sub for it, or at least that’s the case for me. The main thing I love about it is the fact that I can make it any flavor I want and make parfaits out of it to make it into a healthy dessert/snack/meal hybrid all with the good ingredients and macros. I have noticed that I feel lighter after not eating it though so I’m gonna stick with it and keep a limit on it. It sucks but oh well. I’ve been using oatbran lately instead and gonna look into finding some better vegan yogurt options maybe, just not soy. Although I know it’ll be hard to find something that isn’t super caloric, I saw almond and coconut yogurts and they were like 160 calories for a little thing of it, which is kind of a lot when I’m keeping a restriction on my calories. Sigh. Anyway, thanks for reading :) I wonder if yogurt was the cause of the weight gain for you too, I mean, you should definitely try cutting it out for just a week to see what happens and try subbing it with something else?

    • Kammie says

      Aw thank you love, but I’m not anywhere near done. While I wouldn’t mind staying at the weight I am (but my ideal would be 7 lbs ligher), I am focusing on losing fat more than weight now. Thank you for the compliment though <3

  3. says

    That shake stuff reminds me of Vega– it was kind of clumpy– tasted good, though. I only drank it to help me be a better runner, and it did help a little, but other than that, I’ve never tried a weight-loss program or anything.
    I have, though, used a pedometer, and those things are nifty if you want to log miles :)

  4. Anna says

    Hey! Have you tried making the shake with almond milk or fruits? I bought it through Groupon too and am thinking of returning it. No good reviews about it just yet :(

    • Kammie says

      Yes I have. I made it as a protein shake once blended with ice and fruit – I could still taste the gross flavor. I also tried adding lemon juice to it to neutralize the flavor but still, pretty gross. :/

  5. Kevin says

    I’d avoid purchasing a FitBit right this second (I just got one last week and am considering returning it) – BUT – they are coming out with a new one called FitBit One, sometime in mid October. It has some extra features (including the ability to sync with your phone/computer through Bluetooth, a vibrating alarm to slowly wake you up in the morning, and a longer battery life). It’ll be offered at the same price as the FitBit Ultra ($99.00). They just released a big press release earlier today regarding the new FitBit One and FitBit Zip…

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