Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Lose It!

Since Mike got me an iPod Touch for Christmas, I've been using a free calorie counting application called, "Lose It!" My friend Lauren initially introduced it to me before I had my iPod & I was very jealous that I didn't have a program that user-friendly at my fingertips.

While working as a registered dietitian, I am often suggesting to my patients that they keep a food log to become more aware of exactly what they're ingesting. It's super easy to underestimate how much you're actually consuming in a day since each little bit adds up so quickly. Lose It! calculates your caloric needs based off your gender, height & current weight & asks you to choose your goal weight. You can choose how quickly you want to lose the weight & it will assign you a daily caloric level. Then you use the database to enter what you've eaten & how much.

This is exactly the kind of thing I have to do in order to keep my weight in check. It's very easy for me to just eat random things throughout the day without much notice & before I realize, I've gained five pounds. Lose It! has helped me become more accountable for what I'm eating. I've been allotted 1,300 calories/day in order to lose one pound/week & some days it can be tricky to eat well & feel satisfied. I've noticed that it helps me choose foods more wisely & ask myself if what I was about to eat is really worth it.

If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, I seriously recommend you trying this application if you're interested in getting a better handle on your weight & nutrition.

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  1. My Dad has an new iPod touch. I was playing with it while he was visiting. It's awesome! I might just have to get myself one!

  2. Did you see that Lose It now offers a way that you can log on from your computer and see reports of what you've eaten, and also add friends on it so you can motivate each other? We should try that. We'll have to play around with it to see exactly how it works... http://connect.loseit.com/#Home

  3. That's a great idea, Lauren! I'd love to team up with you to keep eachother motivated!

  4. Screw that, fat is where it's at! :)