Happy Friday friends! Hope you are having a great week and getting in some good workouts, or just eating a little healthier.
A coworker and I checked out a gym last night and the guy who gave us the tour said that it was the busiest it would be because everyone is still going strong on their resolutions of being healthier. He said it would thin out in the next couple of weeks. I loved all the action. There were people everywhere. Nice little motivation. But more on the gym in another post.
Today’s post is about apps. One thing that is amazing about smart phones is that you can find an app for nearly everything. I have 4 workout apps on my phone and love them. They help keep me accountable.
The ones I want to talk about today are calorie counting apps. There are two that I have used that I really like.
The first is MyFitnessPal. I ran across this app a couple of years ago when I first got my iPhone and fell in love with it, but then I fell off the wagon. I wasn’t doing the whole fitness thing healthy, just trying to not go over my calorie intake for the day. A couple of years later and wiser, I am using it again and can tell the difference in knowing what I am doing.
So this app is free and the goal is to keep track of calories with it. Granted, you can’t only keep track of calories, and need to look at things like sodium and carbs as well, but it’s a start. You can make an account MyFitnessPal and put in what your plan is. Mine is to maintain my weight, but you can also make a plan to lose a few pounds, or gain a few pounds, whatever you wish.
Here are a couple of screen shots of the app:
The first is the home screen, which lets you know how you are doing for the day. You can also check out what your friends are doing if they are using the app, with a news feed.
The second picture is a shot of your diary page. On this page, you can check out your numbers for the day and add in your foods. You can add your foods by meals, and a great feature of this app is you don’t have to add all your meals in manually. You can take a picture of the bar code and it will automatically add the food. It’s great! and I can add in my breakfast and lunch the night before as I am packing my lunch box. You can also add in how much water you drink daily.
On the app, you can also check your daily progress, or however often you weigh yourself, and how your friends are doing.
Don’t have a smart phone? Don’t worry! There’s also a website, MyFitnessPal.com and you can do all of this online!
I also recently tried out the app called LoseIt, which also has a website. It is very similar to MyFitnessPal, but I was able to connect it to my FitBit (Also have a post coming on it soon) and they work together. It amazes me. On my diary page, when I sync my FitBit, it automatically updates MyFitnessPal and adjusts my calories.
You can also use LoseIt online, and both sites offer free memberships.
There are a couple of things to remember if you are going to use an app like this. First and foremost, you can’t quit eating. The apps will give you a suggestion of how many calories you should eat to meet your weight goal. You can also check it out here. Second, the best thing to keep in mind is that the more you workout, the more calories you can eat. There are some nights when I’m more hungry than others, or know that I am going to a function that isn’t necessarily going to have healthy food. On these days, I’ll make sure to work out, or work out a little harder, so I have a little more wiggle room.
If you want to check out some CDC recommendations on calorie intake, click here.
Do you use an app like this? Have another one that I don’t know about?? Or have one of these apps helped you lose weight??
If you haven’t heard of these and are going to check them out, let me know! I’ll add you as a friend so we can encourage each other along the way.