Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Techy Tuesday: The LoseIt App

A couple of weeks ago, I installed a new little app on my iPod.  It is called the LoseIt app.  I had never heard of it before, but then Jed (of LifeDoesJed) recommended it and I thought I'd give it a try.  I have been using the Diet Minder journal to manually record my food for over a year and I really love it, but it is a bit big to toss into my bag when I am going out.   There have been several times when I've eaten on the go and haven't been able to remember exactly what I had when I get home and attempt to record it.   An iPod app would solve this problem because it's small enough to fit in my bag and will help me stay on track.

I started out recording my food in both the journal and the app but quickly moved right over to using just the app.  It made it so simple and I was holding myself accountable for every bite.  It was almost fun to stay on track.  

About the App:

The LoseIt app connects to a free online account so you can update from the app or on your home computer.  You do not need the free account or the internet to use the app - you can use it offline, but I like the online connectivity for those times I forgot to charge the iPod.  

Once you have entered your current weight and your goal weight, it will calculate a calorie budget for you to help you meet that goal.   If you record activity - it adds the number of calories burned to your "budget"...so, if you want to eat more, you can earn eating freedom by working out.   It's a bit of a different mindset than other programs I've seen or used because it openly does the math for you.  I've always kind of looked at my budget as being what I get for food and, if I burn it off then that is just bonus.

There is a Lose It book that you can buy as well (I did) that details the successes app users have had and how to really make the app work for you.  It gave me a few more tools to help me get the most out of using the app.  I'll review the book in a separate post.

Pros
  • Convenient - fits in a pocket; works both on and offline
  • Actually feels like a lifestyle instead of a diet - I like that mindset
  • Freebie!!!!
  • Motivation included - it will email reports to you whenever you choose and you can have certain items posted to facebook or twitter.
  • Great charts to show caloric progress and weight loss
  • Ability to enter your own recipes and it figures out the calories for you.
  • will email you progress reports
  • calorie "budget" adjusts as you lose weight to keep you on track
Cons
  • Ipod/Iphone only.  If I decide to get a smartphone, I want one with a slide-out keyboard (hate touchscreen) - that means I wouldn't be able to use it on any other phone I buy in the future.
  • Not all foods are accurately entered.  I've had to double check many times and have ended up manually entering the foods I eat often.
  • no journal aspect
My Thoughts

I like the app.  It is easy to find foods and just as easy to add foods (it doesn't require you to enter a full nutritional breakdown - just serving size and calories if that's all you want to add).   I do miss the break that manually writing foods down gave me.  I could commentate in a written journal and I don't have that ability here.  

I've used Sparkpeople before so I am no stranger to online tracking, but I found this system to be easier and a lot less clunky than sparkpeople.   Also - the social networking aspect lets you add just people you know for real support from people who care (and are also using the system). 

I'm still a ways from my goal, but I have found it really easy to stick with and, in just 2 weeks, I am already 5lbs lighter than I started.   I'm going to stick with it for the duration.   Who knows, it might be just the thing to help me past my weight struggles so I can maintain.  Best of all- it was free so I was out nothing to try it and I seem to be seeing some success!

3 comments:

  1. I wish they had loseit as a mac app. I've used it for quite a while and really like it....but often lose my ipod (thanks to a certain 4 year old...)

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  2. Hi Em! You just need to sign up for an online account...it works with the app quite seamlessly :)

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  3. oooh......good to know! but now I have no excuse to keep my baby weight...

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