So this week I was talking to one of my colleagues who is on a weight loss journey too (there are many of us just on the one ward I work on). She told me that she was using an app on her phone to track her calories etc.
Now the first thing I will say is she had me at “app”…I am unashamedly a lover of the app as my poor phone is all to aware of LOL!!). Secondly if I can use an app (an app!!) to help me lose weight then I am all on it. Now I’m not ignorant of apps for weight loss being out there ….HELLO ?!! …I said I LOVE apps!! The point here is knowing what apps are useful and the best way is on recommendation as far as I’m concerned….so….I know it’s not news but this is a really good app
I’ve used the free service (Oh so sue me I’m a skin flint!!) for the past week now and it has really helped me …it has loads of information (goodness knows what the premium version has but I imagine for me it’s probably too much currently.
So a quick breakdown of what you can do with just the basics:
- Set your goals – the app will help you set goals or you can customise it to whatever eating style you are going for.
- Keep a food diary
- Keep a track of your daily nutrients – carbs, calories, vitamins etc
The app will highlight when you are going off track and it’s got a huge database for inputting your food – often when you pop in a brand it’s there which I have to say I am impressed with that as it’s a US based company and they have a lot of the brands we use in New Zealand. There are blogs and recipes and forums so you can connect with others if that’s what you want to do….there are so many resources just within the community there , so much information and we all know knowledge is power.
So far the free app is working brilliantly for me and so for what it’s worth I’d like to add my recommendation to that of many others….well worth giving it a go if you are struggling or just need to give yourself a ready to hand resource to keep you focussed.