Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great holiday season and are ready for an awesome 2012!
Since this is the time of year for resolutions, I thought I’d do something a bit different and review an app that can help you if weight loss is one of your goals.
I’ve been using Lose It! off and on for over a year, but I just started over, with a new profile, just before the holidays, and I wanted to talk about the app and some of the mistakes I made in the past. No reason for you to make my mistakes!
First the app. It’s very simple to use. As you’ll see from the following screen shot, the basic idea is to record all your food and exercise for each day.
I’m doing well so far.
You set a weight goal and a weight loss goal per week, and the app automatically calculates how many calories you can eat each day. Exercise adds to each day’s allotment, which obviously will increase how quickly you lose.
Entering your food and exercise is really easy.
Note the “Scan barcode” feature. I love that one. It makes adding new foods very fast.
You can also select entire previous meals (like if you usually eat the same thing for breakfast each day).
The food database is excellent, even for restaurants. Even if your favorite restaurant isn’t there, you can almost always find something comparable.
There are even social media-like elements. You can “friend” people to keep you motivated and on track. And if you like badges, there are lots, like the Regular Badge (which I just got) for recording every day for 2 weeks. I’m aiming for the Die Hard badge (recording every day for 52 weeks)!
Don’t Make My Mistakes
What did I do wrong the first time around?
1. Setting too big a goal
I set my goal as the final weight I wanted. It was going to take me too long to get there, and I got frustrated and stopped recording. This time I set an intermediate goal, so it won’t take so long to feel like I’m doing something.
2. Allowing “free” days
Sometimes I would just not record for a day, usually on a special day, like a holiday or anniversary. Of course, those are great days to record because those are also the days you’re likely to slip. For me, free days turned into free weeks or months, which defeated the whole purpose.
3. Getting too hung up on accuracy
The other reason I would give myself “free” days was when I ate something and didn’t know the calorie count. Now I just make my best guess and record anyway. I know my records aren’t completely accurate, but I think that consistency is more important. When I am recording, I make choices. And eat fewer Reeses minis (my favorite candy).
So what do you think? Like the app and the idea? Sign up for a free Lose It! account at http://www.loseit.com/ and invite me to be your friend. We can keep each other on track!