I’m a little bit obsessed with food tracking and weight loss apps. Tracking my food forces me to think about ALL of my food decisions in a day. This may be bold, but I think food tracking and weight loss apps are even more effective than exercise. Maybe it’s not that bold…maybe I just think it’s bold. It’s really just science.
Many of these apps will allow you to input your weight and height. Some will ask you if you would like to reach a goal weight and/or lose a certain amount of weight per week. From these items you will be given a calorie budget. You will track your meals throughout the day and aim to stay on budget. Most of them have a database of foods that you can search and add to your day. Several of them also have barcode scanners that you can use to input food. I like when an app shows you the total daily intake of carbs/fats/proteins. I try to stay in these ranges (your ranges might be different depending on your goals and your body):
- Carbs – 50-150 grams/day
- Fats – 44-79 grams/day
- Proteins – 46 grams/day
When I first started tracking, I would literally use up all of my budgeted calories in one meal. What?! One cheesy gordita crunch with a nacho cheese shell takes up my WHOLE lunch budget? This is a problem! Being a former engineer, I love problem solving. How can I maximize my food intake and still be under budget?
Many weight loss/food tracking apps will include an input for activity and/or link up with activity devices such as Fit Bit and Nike Fuel band. They will also link up with other activity apps like MapMyRun and GoogleFit to keep track of exercise in the day. Usually apps will subtract activity calories burned from calories consumed…which will show you exactly where you net with calories in a day, and whether you can enjoy that evening beer or if you should ride your bike for bit to keep within your calorie budget.
I tested out a few of the highest rated apps.
My top three are:
- Lose It!
Weight loss apps are all very comparable in my perspective, but I recommend you try different ones too and see which one you enjoy the most…you will be looking at it EVERY DAY!
Do you have a favorite tracker? Let me know why you like it!
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