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Does the "Lose It" iPhone App Really Work for Weight Loss?

| by Mitzi Dulan

Studies have shown that keeping a food diary can help you lose weight. Enter the 21st century. Today, we have advanced food journals that can help you calculate your daily calorie intake and net balance. One of the newest, most popular advanced food journals is the FREE Lose It! application for your iPhone.

How it works: Input your age, sex, height, current weight and goal weight, and the program computes how many calories you need to eat per day to achieve your goal weight. Next, log your food intake and exercise throughout the day, and monitor your calorie balance. Stay below your target calorie level to lose weight. The program can also track fat, saturated fat, fiber, cholesterol, carbohydrate and protein intake.

Advantages: The iPhone is a convenient tool to use to track your food intake as you will likely be carrying it wherever you go. The Lose It! app has been praised for its ease of use and large database of food.

Disadvantages: Like all food logging, it can be time-consuming, especially if you are entering home-made meals with many ingredients. (Although after ingredients are entered, you can save the recipe and reuse it.)

Bottom-line: If you are a detail- and numbers-oriented type of person, this may be just the right app for you. However, in the midst of all your calorie-counting, don’t forget my nutritional philosophy: “Eating clean real foods that are close to nature is the best way to fuel your body!”

Coming soon-review of PhotoCalorie App!

Have you tried Lose It?

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