When making the choice to start getting fit, your diet is such a huge component. The decisions we make in our eating habits can greatly impact how effective our exercise can be.
Personally, when I started running, it was to start losing weight. I knew that simply running wouldn’t be enough, I needed to change my diet.
Turning to my iPhone, there are plenty of calorie tracking apps available. I chose Lose it!.
Inputting your meals is pretty straight forward, choose your meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or Snack) and then search for the food item that you consumed. After you add the portion, Lose It! will allocate the calories of that meal into your daily budget and let you know how many calories you have left to eat for the day.
Searching for food items is pretty easy, but in my opinion this is the weakest part of Lose It!, it’s food database. While you can add your own custom food items, the database is maintained by Lose It!. LiveStrong, a competitor’s app, has a crowdsourced database that is far greater and covers a lot of Canadian restaurants or grocery items, lose it is very heavily based on US grocery and restaurant selections.
Adding exercise is simple, choose the activity that you just completed and the time interval and it tells you the calories that you burned. Easy.
You can set a weight plan goal in the app setting the amount of weight you want to lose each week, your age, current weight and height and it will calculate a daily calorie budget for you. When you weigh in everyday, you can enter that weight into Lose It! and it will keep track of your progress. A word of warning… if you link Lose It! with your twitter account, it will post your weight when you weigh in.
A recent addition to the app was the ability to link your Lose It! account with your Withings Scale. A very nice addition.
I love the social aspect of Lose It!. When choosing to make a lifestyle change it’s easier when your friends are there to cheer you on when you are doing great, or make you accountable when you start to slack. As a competitive person, I thrive on the friends aspect of Lose it.
Alerts can be set in the app to remind you to eat lunch or any other meal you want to set it for. Great for somebody on the go.
Lose It! will also send you a very nice progress report at the end of the week outlining how you did.
If you are a badge hound, don’t worry the Lose It! app unlocks certain badges for you as you reach certain milestones.
Bottom line, Lose It! is a great app to assist you in keeping a nutrition diary. Personally I am way more aware of what I am eating knowing that I have a certain budget I can reach in a day.