Note: I’ve received several questions over that past couple weeks about how I track calories. Face it, if it’s not convenient to enter the what I’m eating when I’m eating it, it ain’t gonna happen. That is why I have settled on an iPhone app called LoseIt!
The application is easy to use and very intuitive.The application is really targeted to people who are trying to lose weight. You start your LoseIt! experience by entering typical information – starting weight, goal weight, gender, height, birth date and your weekly weight loss goal:
The program then calculates your calorie budget and you're ready to go!
Now – the real benefit of this program is that you can track your intake while it’s happening. Data en try is easy and intuitive. Push “Add Food”, select the meal, and then search for the food from the very comprehensive food database:
Not only are there the standard foods (e.g., bread, milk, eggs, etc.) but food are also categorized by manufacturer - like in this search for Grandma's Oatmeal cookies:
Then, what absolutely blew me away? A entire database of restaurant food! I can enter my In-n-Out Double-Double!
Entering intake is only half of the equation though. By pushing “Add Exercise”, you can access an entire database of physical activity
Any exercise that you’ve done is saved in “My Exercises” so there isn’t a need to search through the extensive database each time you book a workout:
You then select the intensity and length of your workout, and the calories are then folded into your daily summary:
One word of caution here – calorie burn due to exercise can be calculated any number of ways, and no two methods are identical. Don’t be surprised when the calculation from LoseIt! (or any other calorie tracking program) doesn’t agree with your Garmin. I find that calorie count from LoseIt! is more conservative (i.e., fewer calories) than my Garmin.
So there you go. The app that I use to track calories. Now if I could just find an app that would compel me to use it religiously!
- The app: LoseIt! for the iPhone and iPod Touch
- More info at their website: http://www.loseit.com/
- Cost: FREE!!!!!
Oh – I did get an easy 3 miler in yesterday. So here’s how the day stacked up:
- Daily calorie budget: 1762
- Food consumed: 2092
- Exercise calories: 407
- Net calories: 1685 (77 calories under budget! Yea!)