Archive | February, 2014

Undecided…

1 Feb

I’m in a writing mood today, but am contemplating whether I want to talk about another APP, or if I want to talk about Life… I’m literally minimizing this window, going to decide, and come back and write.

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OK I’m back, and I’m going to talk about my App. My favorite App that’s helping me lose weight.

Before I start I know people are going to say “What? How is this not a diet?” And I want to stress that the way I use the tool, and the way I manage my life around it, makes it not a diet. Dieters and Non-Dieters alike use this tool, although they try to focus on NON-DIETING because we ALL know that’s the way to go! I will briefly talk about using it as a Diet, but I want to focus on how it helps my NON-DIET LIFE.

The Tool is Lose It.

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They have a website (www.loseit.com), and an App.  The app is free, as is the website. They do have a Premium Package (which I believe was under $40.00/year), which I indulged in, but many of the people I know have the Free Version, and haven’t needed to upgrade. The best thing is to look at what the benefits are, and decide if you want it. The Free version is completely functional, and I used it for a month or so before upgrading (I wanted better reports).

 

OK so what is Lose It? The short simple version is that it is a tool that tracks and manages your daily food intake. It tracks calories, sodium, carbs etc., as well as water, exercise, and even your fruit & vegetable count!  Lose It! Calculates your BMR and adjusts your calories based on how fast you want to lose weight (or maintain). You set a goal, and Lose It! Supports you along the way!

I could talk all day about Lose It so I’m going to just pick my Five Favorite Things:

#1. The Community.  It’s much easier to access on the Website, but also is on the App. So you can friend people like you can on Facebook. Comment on other peoples weight losses (or gains!), goal accomplishments, ask for advice, and event vent or complain! As you build your friends list people watch out for you (I’ve seen people posting on others walls saying “Are you eating all your calories?”) Keeping everyone in line and safe! There is also a forum which I watch from time to time. Everyone is very health conscious, and diets do not get a lot of approval here. There are volunteer moderators who are super friendly and are actual users of Lose It! I have a few people I know in real life as friends on LI, and a lot of people I have never met. A few of them I have also connected with off of Lose It (On FB, or e-mail) for real time support!

2. The Simplicity. You eat an apple for breakfast? Click Add Food -> Breakfast -> Apple. You can create foods or modify them, and create recipes as well. I utilize it simply – If I eat it I log it. Lose It tells me how many calories I have left (or if I’ve eaten over my calories. It’s important to eat all your calories in a day (I don’t eat exercise calories though…), and where this is not a diet for me is that: If I go over my calories in a day. It’s NOT A BIG DEAL. I know I want to lose weight and so I stick to the budget, but sometimes a healthy lifestyle IS eating over the calories (I’ve never eaten over 100 calories over my budget!)

3. The Challenges. You can create a challenge with your friends, or join an existing one. Some challenges get you Badge (yes Lose It! Uses badges – if you lose weight, eat properly, exercise, eventually you will get badges – and as cheesy as they sound you start to love it!)

4. I feel Great! Yes, Great!  If I’m having a bad day, I can go right to the community page and talk to friends. I can review my “Goals” and see charts showing how great I’m doing, or I can go to Reports and see in even more detail how I’m doing. I’ve found Lose It! is an immediate pick-me-up and inspires me to do better! For example, this week I seemed to just stay in place, go up and down etc… I just checked my goal section and realized I lost 1.7 lbs this week (not dieting!) I think if you don’t see these numbers every day you start to forget where you came from!

5. It keeps me accountable. Not only does tracking my calories and exercise keep me on track, the people on Lose It keep me on track as well! Sometimes I’ll post “Having a bad day, need motivation”, and then you are flooded with comments inspiring you, and even giving you tough love from time to time!

So, Lose It! Could be considered a Diet. They tell you how many calories to eat and you have to do things like track your food and ex. etc. Counting Calories is always listed as one of the “diets” people try. I listened to a podcast about an “anti-diet group” who say that Diet Mentality is what causes our failures in diets, and then goes on to say that “Diets” are when something or someone tells you what you can or cannot do in regards to eating. They said they don’t support this and that they are a “non diet mentality”. The next sentence says “So If you just eat what we say, and how we say it, you will lose weight without dieting”. So we are in a society where “not dieting” , is actually a diet.

At the end of the day, yes I count my calories. I eat the calories that my body needs to survive, and sometimes more. I am not tied to those calories. If I wanted to eat more, I would eat more (but I don’t want to). I need structure and to life without an “eating structure” means I would go overboard. I know that people will argue that what this is still a “diet mentality”,  and knowing that it could be, has helped me to use the system so it isn’t. I use the system as much of a support system I can, and the calories just fall into place with that.

So, if you sign up for Lose It! after reading this post, feel free to add me as a friend! Tell me you read my blog 🙂 http://www.loseit.com/#Community:Profile!id=9126735

Also for newbies: under the Forums, Kitchen sink there is ALWAYS a post where people request friendships etc. check it out.

Are you already a user? Do you love it?

Signing off! (BTW, once again I have no connection to Lose It!, and am just sharing my experience with the app!)

 

 

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