Some of you have asked where the screenshots from my “Day of Perfect Eating” came from. Answer: Lose It!
Lose It is my favorite calorie counter app of ALL TIME. And I’ve tried a bunch, from Fooducate to Fitbit to My Fitness Pal to Daily Burn to — well, nearly everything!
Today I’m going to explain WHY Lose It is the undefeated champ, and HOW you can use it to quickly and accurately log your calories so you can motivate yourself to eat better and lose weight.
Why Lose It is the Best
- Barcode Scanner. You shouldn’t be eating a lot of packaged foods, but this is a quick way to log it!
- Recipes. If you input all the ingredients of a recipe, it totals the calories! You can then more easily add these recipes in the future with one click.
- Add entire meals. If you eat the same thing two days in a row, you can just select yesterday’s meal and add the whole thing to your current day!
- Calorie calculator. Type in how many pounds you want to lose per week, and it will automatically generate how many calories you should be eating. I’ve found this number to be very accurate, but you may want to double check it against other calculators as well for maximum accuracy.
- Weight Tracker. Track your weight and set goals.
- Nutrient tracker. Track fiber and protein to make sure you’re eating enough!
- Add restaurant food. Instead of googling a restaurant’s menu and calories for the dish you ate, Lose It has a growing database of restaurant and grocery store brands. It’s more extensive than both Daily Burn, My Fitness Pal, and Fooducate from what I’ve seen.
And it’s free!
The Premium version of Lose It might be worth it for us Fitbit users! My account was so old they gave me Fitbit connectivity for free, which is fantastic because I don’t like Fitbit’s meal tracker, and now my LoseIt data syncs into my Fitbit dash.
3 Tips to Lose It!
- Create menus ahead of time. When you go to to the store to buy ingredients for all the recipes you’re making that week, take the time to input the recipes into your Lose It. This will aid with portion control and also make it more likely that you’ll log every day.
- Monitor your weekly totals. If you eat way too many calories one day, you can make up for it for shaving off 100 calories on another day of the week. Just don’t freak out and cut out 600 calories of your intake for the next day. Spread it out!
- Watch your protein intake. Most women need about 50g of protein per day. If you’re not reaching this goal, then you may be eating too much processed foods or not enough nutritious foods.