I love apps. I have about four running apps on my phone at the moment and have just started working with Runkeeper this week in combo with the Couch to 5K app. Runkeeper is pretty great! I set it to tell me my pace and my splits-though to be honest, I’m not sure what splits are. Going to look that up today.
I have multiple calorie logging apps as well but I found “Lose It!” today and it’s by far, my favorite. I’m a very visual person. I like pictures. This app gives you little pictures alongside the food you’ve logged: a yogurt cup, a blackberry. I KNOW that’s silly, but I like the pictures. It looks “funner” seeing my food in the log. Less boring maybe. Less technical.
Some of the food log apps I have don’t allow me to enter my exercise, so then I have to have an exercise app. “Lose it!” has both. It tells you how many calories you should eat for the day to lose say, 1 pound a week, then averages out the calories you’ve eaten with the calories you’ve burned off and lets you know exactly where you are all day long. Stay in your calorie range and you should lose that 1 pound a week. We all KNOW that, but many apps don’t seem to figure that all out.
It’s a real drag when I’ve eaten 1500 calories for the day and burned off ONE THOUSAND calories in a major hike and the app doesn’t acknowledge that and I honestly don’t know what to do. Should I eat more? Should I be happy that I’ve burned off 1000 calories that day? But then, doesn’t that mean my body got only a total of 500 calories to survive on? And doesn’t that mean that my body is going to be turning to my muscle for a quick snack, just to keep functioning? Confusing.
And that’s exactly why sometimes in the past year I’ve lost a slamming 2-4 pounds in some weeks. And that’s not a good thing. It’s very hard to earn that muscle and your body doesn’t just grab at your extra fat for the sustenance it needs, it goes for that muscle too. You lose muscle, you lose that major calorie burning machine. Muscle is important!
I’ve been seriously needing some way to monitor, exactly, the calories in vs the calories out so that I don’t eat too little (often my problem) when I walk or run too much (often my problem). The other thing is, I don’t want to do any actual WORK to figure stuff out. So I love this new app.
If you do use it, please “friend” me so we can support each other. I’m “Katie Johnson” and the email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to find me that way. If you don’t have a smart phone, you can still use the app, just do it online. It’s exactly the same program online. I think it’s better than the Livestrong program just because it’s so user friendly and…the pretty pictures!!!
For me, this is an awesome find. I very much want to not think about weight loss, I simply want to be ACCOUNTABLE. I believe in the science of calories in calories out. I want to focus on exercise and excellent eating this year vs the hugely looming thought of WEIGHT LOSS. This app puts my mind at ease so I can get on with life. As long as I’m accountable to my log and to my exercise, all of my weight issues will work themselves out.