By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N.
My son, Jon, told me about an app he found for his I Touch called Lose It! Jon is a runner and very health conscious. He is on a mission to ensure he’s maintaining a healthy lifestyle even though he works a lot of hours. Jon is a radiology resident and is constantly faced with time management as well as making good food choices when he’s very busy. He’s been very successful at controlling his weight even though he works lots of hours and also has to balance his time for his wife and three kids.
Jon has been so successful at maintaining his weight he has told a lot of his friends and family about the Lose It! program as well. My husband, Ordie, is currently using the Lose It! to help him maintain his weight as well.
As a dietitian, I have always encouraged my clients to keep food diaries but using this Lose It! App makes it incredibly easy for me and my clients as well. But the one drawback is that you have to have either an I Touch, I Phone or I Pad.
Lose It! is free app that you can download directly to your I Phone, I Touch or I Pad. If you don’t have a I-Phone it’s also available at www.loseit.com.
To start the Lose It! Process you need to get an accurate weight. Then you need to decide how many pounds you want to lose per week. The program then determines your daily calorie budget. The number of calories you burn at rest is estimated using a standard formula on height, weight, age and gender using the Mifflin equation. If you have had a resting metabolic rate using the Med Gem or Body Gem you can manually add this number of calories. You can adjust this daily calorie budget using the Adjustment field under the Daily Calorie Budget screen. Next you begin to add your foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. You can add custom foods that are not in the database and also add custom recipes as well. In addition to you can add your specific nutrient preferences as well.
The exercise database is exceptional. The calories burned are based on your individual weight. It’s very interesting to scroll through the exercise to see how many calories can be burned for example I can burn 225 calories on an elliptical for 30 minutes of exercise, burn 161 calories for hiking for 30 minutes, burn 225 calories running 30 minutes or burn 74 calories walking for 30 minutes.
You can set up motivators to keep you on track. These motivators include: reminders on your phone when you forget to log, daily or weekly emails that share your progress with others, and sharing your progress on Twitter and Facebook. You can also add friends as motivators. I am getting daily updates on my I Phone about how well my son, Jon, is doing with his commitment to exercise and eating healthfully. This information tells me how many calories he ate, was he over or under and also how much he exercised.
Try Lose It! I think you will like it and find it useful in helping you to lose and maintain a weight loss, too!
Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N., is a registered dietitian with a Master’s Degree in clinical nutrition. The former publisher of Kentuckiana HealthFitness Magazine, Kentuckiana Healthy Woman magazine and radio show host of Health News You Can Use, Barbara has over 30 years of experience in promoting healthy lifestyles to consumers. Barbara worked as Nutrition Consultant to the Navy SEALs (8 years) and the University of Louisville Athletic Department (10 years). Barbara has private practice, DayByDay Nutrition, www.DayByDayNutrition.com, where she counsels clients on weight loss, cholesterol management, performance nutrition and an array of other medical issues. Visit Barbara’s new website which is an on-line health & wellness magazine, www.KentuckianaHEALTHWellness.com. Barbara writes nutrition and health columns for www.LiveStrong.com as well as a weekly nutrition column for the Southeast Outlook. She also designs and presents employee wellness programs to small and large businesses. Barbara is a runner, cyclist, hiker and a mother and grandmother to 11 grandchildren.