I'm considering getting a heart rate monitor and wondered how useful it is for weight loss? My plan is to use it on workouts to do the following, and I'd like your feedback on whether an HRM is helpful for weight loss, or just a needless extra.
I plan to use an HRM to check the following:
(1) make sure I'm exercising in the right zone without overdoing it, and to make sure I'm pushing myself hard enough (so in terms of HRM features, I would probably use zone alarms)
(2) use it to calculate calories burned during workouts so I can enter semi-accurate counts into myfitnesspal, where I'm tracking my food and exercise. Here's the equation I've found online:
[(-55.0969 + (.6309 x heart rate in beats per minute) + (.1988 x weight in kilograms) + (.2017 x age)] / 4.184 multiplied by number of minutes
With that said, if you think an HRM is worthwhile, I'd like to hear your recommendations for a decent, affordable, clyde-friendly HRM. I've searched the forums and found lots of recommendations for Garmin 305s, but frankly I don't know if I'd use enough of the features to make it worthwhile, and think I might start with something cheaper (unless you convince me it really is worth it). Ideally, I'd like to stay below $150, but I'd go higher for quality/reliability/durability/features that are truly helpful and not just superfluous. Oh, and in terms of activities, I'd be using it primarily for walking/running, cycling, and cross-training workouts, and the occasional hike or snowshoe.
Thanks in advance for your help!