In addition to Couch to 5K and trying to eat better lately, I’ve also been tracking my calories with the (free) Lose It! app for iPhone. My friend Emily told me about this app months ago, and I tried it once (and then forgot about it… such is sadly the result of most of my “get healthy” attempts), but recently felt inspired to get back into it. I’m almost two weeks in and I am finding that it really is a great way to keep track of and stay accountable for what I’m putting in my body.
I say that Lose It! tracks calories, but really it does much more than that. Basically, you set goals for yourself (to lose, gain, or maintain your weight), and based on your age, gender, and height, Lose It! tells you how many calories you should consume each day to reach your goal.
Based on my stats and the fact that I want to lose 1 pound a week, I am allowed 1,325 calories per day, assuming I don’t exercise at all.
Every time I eat something, I log it into the app; there are many common foods stored in the database, or you can add your own food and nutritional information if there is something you can’t find. I eat a lot of the same things (because I’m picky and a creature of habit), so over the first few days, if there was something I couldn’t find in the database, I took a minute to add it myself. I added the food, the calories, the nutritional value, the serving size, etc., and that information is now stored in the app for me.
I also log all of my exercise into the app. There are many different forms of exercise in the database that you can choose from, and you can choose how long you did an activity and at what difficulty level to determine how many calories you burned. The more calories you burn, the more your daily calorie budget is. (So if I burn 300 calories one day, I now get to eat 1625 calories on that day and still keep up with my goal of losing 1 pound per week.) It’s nice to see my net calories decrease after I’ve worked out, so I can eat a bit more that day :)
image via Lose It! — clearly you know that it was not I who ran for an hour. Ha!
If you create a Lose It! account, you can also view all of your data online, in addition to viewing everything on your phone; the online information seems to be even more extensive. Call me crazy, but there is nothing like a good chart to get me excited about making progress with my weight loss goals. Logging on to the website to see a nice little pie chart of my meal calories for each day makes me just a tad less upset about not allowing myself that giant bagel loaded with delightful cream cheese. (Sorry… ignore my drool. Oh, bagels. Cream cheese. Yummm.)
images above from my personal Lose It! account
As you can see, I’ve become quite a big fan of this app. I definitely pigged out a lot less last weekend knowing that I had to log everything into Lose It! when I was done. So far, I have lost two pounds, and I’m not gonna lie — I get a ridiculous sense of satisfaction when updating my weight in the app. Ahh, it’s the little things in life that keep me happy…
Has anyone else tried the Lose It! app? What are your thoughts?