Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Holiday Helper Headquarters #2


Since we started off with a financial budget ~ now seems the perfect transition to food tracking.

It has been said that the average American gains 5 to 8 pounds over the holidays and the most popular New Year's Resolution is to lose weight.  The best defense is a good offense ... right?  So let's break that cycle this year and start tracking what we eat.  No one is saying that you can't have holiday dishes and you have to eat plain lettuce through out these next couple of months.  Just keep track to not get out of control.

In this day and age, there are so many free apps to keep track.  I found Calorie Counter by Everyday Health, Inc. in the Apple Apps Store for free and googled it and found that it's also available for Android phones.  
  


To get started you enter your weight, birthday and gender.  Then you choose your weight goal.  If you are just wanting to maintain over these next couple of months put your goal as your current weight.  If you are wanting to lose or have an ideal weight input that ... note it will also give you what your BMI weight "should" be you can choose that or something a bit higher if you have a more "realistic" number.  Just don't go lower than your recommended BMI.  It will then give you your calorie amount/day.  You can adjust it a bit but don't go lower than 2.0 pounds a week.  Create a screen name and password and you're ready to track.  Begin tracking your items through the preloaded items or scanning the barcode.  There are articles, tips and recipes   The app will sync to the online version as well.  The online version has a few added features.  For example, you can keep track of your daily water and vitamins. 

If you don't like this one.  Keep searching - there are so many to choose from.  

Lose It is also a popular app
This app is quiet similar to Calorie Counter.
You can link up with friends and earn badges.  It also has an online version that syncs to the app.  There is no where to keep track of water and vitamins but you can join challenges.

The trick is to find one that is right for you can just start keeping track.  Whether you just want to lose weight or fight off the holiday weight gain - start tracking today.

What app do you use?

2 comments:

  1. My husband used the calorie counter and lost some weight doing it. Actually, he kind of drove me crazy because after every meal I cooked, he'd run to his phone and calculate what he ate calorie-wise. I go frustrated by this and started eating more....haha!

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  2. my fitness pal and sparkspeople both have good ones. I'm currently using weight watchers but i think any of these are great apps!

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