The Lose It! app by FitNow, Inc (Version 3.7.3) is a very handy little app. Its easy to use, and is helping me lose weight.
When I started this blog on July 23, 2012 I was 5′ 10″ tall and 262 pounds. Yeah, I know…
Now I’m, well, still 5′ 10″, but down to 245 pounds. Very excited.
Just a little disclaimer. I’m not a doctor, or a dietitian, or a personal trainer. And I am definitely not telling you what to do. I’m just telling you what I did and what has worked for me. I think every product out there says to consult a physician before doing any kind of exercise program or anything related to weight loss, so, there you go.
I have always been a big guy with the exception of my start in the Navy. But it wasn’t long before I started gaining my weight back.
Since the birth of our first boy in early 2010, I have been slowly gaining more then ever. I finally stepped on the scale back in late July of this year and was a bit surprised at the final tally. 262 pounds was officially the biggest I had ever been.
I was truly disappointed in myself and decided enough was enough. So, I hit the Atkins diet plan. I had done Atkins in the past and it worked, kind of. I always lost a lot of weight up front and then slammed into a never ending plateau. But the last time I did Atkins I notice something. The portion of food it took to get me feeling full was about half what it was when I started.
So, about a month ago, I finally stopped feeling bad about my weight and decided to take action. I kicked off the Atkins diet and stuck to it like it was my job for the first two weeks. Sure enough, 15 pounds was gone. Over my third week though, still sticking to the appropriate amount of carbs, I lost nothing.
Luckily, on my 20th day of the Atkins diet, a co-worker told me about this new app he had found that was helping him lose weight. The app of course was Lose It! He gave me a quick overview and, it wasn’t long before I was in the app store downloading it myself.
It was a free app which was very nice. When you open it up for the first time you have to sign up for an account on their website. This is free as well.
Once signed in, the app walks you through the process of getting started. It asks for your height, current weight, age and gender. It then asks you for a goal weight. I chose a modest goal of 230 pounds to get started (from 248 which was where I was at after Atkins).
It then asked what my plan was. I had 5 choices. I could maintain my current weight, or choose to lose weight in half pound increments from a half pound to 2 pounds per week. I chose the 2 pounds per week option. With this information, it told me that my plan would enable me to achieve my goal by October 29, 2012. It also told me that my daily caloric intake was just over 2000 calories.
Once the setup was done, the app opened up to its day-to-day use. You have 5 tabs at the bottom of the app. They are My Day, Log, Friends, Goals, and More.
The My Day tab gives you a view of your total calories in a bar graph. In the Today view, you can see how many calories you have taken in for the day along with any exercise calories you have burned which then tallies you total net calories for the day.
The This Week view shows you a bar graph of the calories you’ve eaten for the week. Finally, the Nutrients view shows you the Fat, Carbs, and Protein you have eaten for the current day. You can scroll through previous days if you like. It also shows you your weekly average.
The log is the heart of the app and where you spend most of your time. Which, thanks to the ease of use isn’t much time.
The Log shows you everything you have eaten for the day, your total caloric budget, how much you have eaten, calories burned from exercise, net calories (intake minus exercise) and how many calories you have left for the day.
Underneath your stats are the foods you have eaten for with the calories listed next to them.
To add something you have eaten is easy. Especially if it has a barcode. You tap the “+” button at the top right and pick which meal you would like to list it under. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, or a Snack. From there you can search for the food (like fruits, vegetables or meats), scan a barcode (awesome), pick from a list of foods you have already eaten, pick from a list of meals from the previous day (helpful if you have the same thing every morning for breakfast), choose a recipe you have created, or choose from brand name foods (choice of supermarket or restaurants).
The best part of this is the barcode scanner. You tap the “Scan Barcode” and it activates your camera. Hold the red square over the barcode, it focuses, and takes the photo for you. It takes a second or two to process (depending on your internet connection) and then asks how many servings you ate. Hit done and that’s it. If what I ate has a barcode on it, it only takes about 15 seconds to get the item entered. Searching for stuff takes a little longer. And the nice thing is that 99% of the stuff I’ve scanned is spot on. The other 1% has been within 10 calories so I don’t even worry about it.
Friends and Goals
Have any friends already using the app? Add them under the Friends tab and hold each other accountable.
The Goals tab shows you a quick overview of the goal you have set, along with a helpful graph of you weight. It also lets you record you weight for the day. I only weigh myself once a week on Monday. When you add a new weight, your daily caloric intake will change. I started at around 2020 calories per day and am now allowed 1997. You can also modify your program from this tab.
The More tab has quite a bit in it so I’m not going to cover it all. I haven’t spent a lot of time there anyway. But that is where you go to add custom recipes and custom exercise routines. You can also email or print progress reports from here if you need them.
A long post, I know. Hopefully you made it through ok. As of September 5, 2012 I have been using this app for 1-1/2 weeks. Not really a long use period for a review, but it is a very promising app that has made sticking to a diet plan easy. But at this point, I don’t really consider it a diet because I’m still eating what I like. I’m just eating less.
We’ll see how it goes. The plan for this post is to keep it going with updates every 2 weeks or so until I reach my goal weight of around 200 pounds.
If you find yourself in the same boat as me, and need a tool to help you keep track of calories and goals, I definitely recommend this app.
Tell me what you think. Have any apps that you recommend? Put them in the comments below!