Here we are two weeks into our fitness app reviews. More than finding great apps, we’re looking for ways that technology will benefit us and help us live healthier. Another plus is we were looking for apps that will connect our experiences to others- we’re all about social media, so you can say we’re pretty social people, and we like our apps the same way. Besides, it is proven that when you have the support of friends you are more likely to achieve your goal, so it’s an all around win-win situation.
We’ve been playing with numerous apps to find out what we like, what don’t we like, and ultimately what will help us lead healthier lives. This week we’re focusing on what we’re consuming. You are what you eat as the cliché goes, and we were surprised to learn what we were actually eating. The three apps that are first up in our fitness app review are Lose It!, Fooducate, and Water Logged.
We’ll kick this off with our favorite and often most addicting: Lose it! This is a great tool that makes you pay attention to what you are actually eating throughout the day. When you first launch the app, you’re asked your age, gender, height, current weight and target weight as well as how many pounds you are hoping to lose per week. From there, you are given a budget of calories you can eat everyday to meet your goal.
This is a very robust app with many features, so we’ll highlight some of our favorites, starting with the friend section. It is very similar to Facebook in that there is a news feed where you can see what your friends have been up to, who’s earned badges, and who hasn’t been logging in their meals so you can remind them to stay on track. You can write a status about your journey and comment on friends’ statuses. The best part about this, motivation wise, is as someone put it in the office, “I don’t want my friends to see I’m getting fat” which is as sure a way as any to make sure I don’t go over my allotted calories.
Our next tab is the main use of the app: the log. When you add food, you select which meal you are entering and then can search for what you’ve eaten- there is a bountiful harvest of selections to choose from. It can be a little overwhelming and often you won’t be able to find your particular item if you are eating at a smaller restaurant or brown bagging it, but you will be able to find a comparable item. In order for the app to be truly useful you must record every morsel that enters your lips. Sometimes you’ll have to build your own meal and add ingredient after ingredient, which can be a pain, especially if you’re out eating with friends, since you don’t want to seem rude. There are buttons meant to help the process and make it smoother by keeping previously recorded foods and meals, which is very convenient, especially if you’re fond of eating that same bowl of cereal every morning for breakfast. The most important thing is that you are able to eat whatever you want whenever and calculate how many calories you’re consuming while doing it.
Another awesome way to log what you’re eating is to just scan the barcode. The scanner can pull up pretty much any product from its vast database and if you find something it doesn’t have, you can add in the nutritional information and save it for the next time. This method makes the whole thing much faster and is pretty fun to boot.
A great way to combat those rising calories is to exercise. This app has an extensive list of events from ultimate Frisbee, to gardening, hangliding, and the more simplistic running. Depending on the chosen activity you can choose how long you were engaged as well as the intensity of it. No matter how small the activity- log it. Nearly anything can be considered an exercise and adding that means you have more calories to eat. Yay, that means more food to stuff in your mouth!!
We thought it was a high quality app that provided meany features and made the process of keeping track of what you eat much easier. We especially loved how you didn’t feel like you were on a diet. You had the power to see what you ate. If you wanted to splurge and eat a doughnut then you know for dinner you had to cut back a little. This app received 4 out of 5 fedoras. What would have made it better was if it offered more organic options, such as an organic taco full of veggies versus a taco from Taco Bell. Lose It! is also available on the Android and the best part: it’s free!!
Did you try out this app? What do you think about it?