Calories: How to Correctly Interpret GoBe2 Measurements

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The HEALBE GoBe2 Smart band automatically determines the number of calories digested. Using the FLOW™ Technology and the bioimpedance sensor, the GoBe2 evaluates the dynamics of the intercellular fluid, which is associated with the glucose and basic nutrients intake throughout the day and uses this information to calculate the calories consumed.

HOW FOOD IS DIGESTED

Digestion time varies among individuals and depends on many factors, such as an individual metabolism, a previous meal, physical activities, health conditions, medication and nutritional supplements intake, etc. The GoBe2 captures calories at the moment when they are absorbed by the body, when a nutrient gets into blood.

The digestion process takes time:

1-2 hours – chewing and swallowing, food reaches the stomach

3-4 hours – gastric juice processing

4-8 hours – digestion process

5-9 hours, sometimes up to 24 hours and more – nutrients enter blood.

Some of these processes occur simultaneously.Thus, the first portion of digested food may enter the blood 15-30 minutes later and the main part of the incoming food does 3-4 hours later only, while the absorption period can superimpose the next meal. Depending on the food contents, 90% of the eaten can appear in the blood both 1 hour later (sweets, sugar) and 9-10 hours later (complex meat dishes with a side).

Please note that GoBe2 should be turned on and have a good contact with the skin all the time until the food enters the blood. Otherwise, miscalculations are highly likely. . Since GoBe2 algorithms evaluate the entire array of received data integrally, miscalculation can happen both up and down. 

THE NIGHT TIME DIGESTION

Although body processes slow down while at sleep, digestion can continue. Thus, even if the last meal was taken at 6 pm, at 6-7 am the digestion process may still continue. At this point, to improve the accuracy of calculations, we ask you not to remove the wristband at night, when you sleep.

THE PREVIOUS MEAL IMPACT

The digestion process for one standard meal takes 3 to 8 hours on average. If you had an enormous meal, the digestion will not end with the next meal. And two processes overlap. The second meal can slow digestion down because  of digestive resources depletion.

Therefore, we recommend you to wear GoBe2 constantly and not to remove it unless necessary.

HOW PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AFFECT DIGESTION

Digestion is also affected by physical activities.

Light training does not affect digestion, but it slightly changes the metabolism, moderate activities slow the digestion down, and intense physical stress stops digestion and significantly changes the metabolism.

In this view, the end of the digestion process against the background of physical activities can be significantly delayed, and this is one more reason why we recommend to always wear the GoBe2.

EATING HABITS AND INDIVIDUAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ORGANISM

The speed of digestion depends on genetic characteristics and eating habits. Some people do not digest certain types of nutrients (lactose, gluten, etc.). If you have not eaten meat for a long time, then coming back to meat eating your body will not digest most of the animal protein. It will take time to get used back to it.  If the meal is unusually complex or bigger than usual, some of the nutrients may not be digested.

In these cases, GoBe2 will only show part of the calories that have entered the blood, i.e. were really digested by the body.

OVERALL HEALTH CONDITION

If your body’s temperature is raised, immune processes in the body become more active, chemical reactions flow faster, as a result, the intensity of metabolism increases. If your body’s temperature is less than 36.6, the processes in the body are sluggish, chemical reactions slow down, as a result, the intensity of metabolism decreases.

GoBe2 algorithms are tuned for normal nutrient consumption and normal blood circulation, so both within body temperature decreases and increases, the error in calories intake readings increases. At the moment, it is not recommended to use GoBe2 at health conditions with a body temperature change, since measurement errors are highly likely in these cases.

THE EMOTIONAL STATE

Pain, stress, fatigue, illnesses no less affect the rate of nutrient entry into the blood.

Please remember: if your overall physical and emotional state do not correspond to your normal condition, the GoBe2 calorie intake readings may differ.

Please note that HEALBE GoBe is not responsible for any content that purports to give medical advice or advice regarding fitness training, exercise, or diet. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and prior to starting a diet or physical fitness program.

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