New Year, New Me!
I’ve decided a few days ago that I really need a lifestyle change. I’ve really let my eating habits go to outrageous levels in the last year or so. I actually started using a great iOS application around mid February of 2010, and it was really just an iOS based food journaling application. They had a pretty decent database of foods and their nutritional values, and you simply logged what you ate, and your weight for the days you weighed yourself. I did this for roughly one month, and managed to lose about 10 pounds, it was great, and I felt that I could continue to keep up my good habits without the app. I ditched the app after a month. Looking back that was a big mistake. It’s clear to me now that even the simple act of logging what I eat on a daily basis will help me to lose weight. I simply don’t want to make poor decisions and have to log it. I’d rather reach for the carrots in the fridge rather than the cheese when I’m logging my food, but if I wasn’t logging, I’d grab the cheese and some crackers without thinking twice.
So about a week ago I decided that on January 1st of 2011, I’m going to install Lose It! again and really get going!
I’ve posted my idea and plan on my Facebook page, and actually got quite a few friends to sign up and hopefully do some daily logging as well! I won’t say who they are, but I really do have the backing of some close friends, and I think it’s going to keep ALL of us on track for good this time!
So I have used the app diligently today logging all my food, even water. I’ve really noticed a TON of improvements in the Lose It! app and website. The website itself now allows you to log foods, so it’s no longer limited to just iOS devices! The Lose It! team has also said an Android app is in the works as well, but users should be able to suffice for now with the web-based tools.
One of the most striking new features is the social layers the Lose It! team has placed on the app. They’ve added badges as a sort of achievement system, with tons of hidden badges you really have to look around and network to find how to obtain them. This really makes the website worthwhile to visit even if you only log food on your mobile devices.
More importantly, however, is the fact that Lose It! has added a slew of new foods, and restaurant foods which makes dining out a much more pleasant experience, as you wont always have to look up nutritional information while you’re out, or ask for information just to be told “it’s all stored online on the company website”.
The profile and report experience on Lose It! has actually always been great, but I want to reiterate just how great it is. You can really get at-a-glance views of your entire day and see where you might be able to make better choices in the future. Like my lunch was actually a bit larger than it needed to be today… Darn Jimmy John’s! But it’s amazing that you can still enjoy some of your favorite foods (like Jimmy John’s) and still be able to make the right choice for dinner that keeps your calories down and be able to come in under budget.
That’s really the best part of food logging or journaling, you keep your entire day in mind rather than the meal/snack that’s coming next.
I really encourage everybody to try it, even if you don’t have an iOS device. Just use the web application and start logging. If anybody does take this up, please add me on the website. Search for and send me a request!