There’s an App for That: Food Log
Raise your hand if you carry a notebook around with you… How about a pen? I didn’t think so. Me either.
OK, now raise your hand if you have a smart phone… Me, too. Do you have it with you all. the. time? Me, too.
Why don’t you use your smart phone (or iPad, or laptop) to help you get CrazyFit?
One of the best ways to get on the road to health is to log your food in a journal. Weight loss is 80% what you eat and 20% how you move your body. Counting calories is one component to food journaling, but knowing the breakdown of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fat) is a very important aspect of logging what you eat. If you are only eating 1500 calories a day, but 1400 of them are fried twinkies, you are nowhere near being CrazyFit. As a matter of fact, you might want to putt 911 on your speed dial.
The hard part about keeping a food journal is keeping the notebook handy at all times (and a pen), remembering to write down what you ate, knowing how many calories that food contained, and how those calories break down into necessary (or unnecessary) nutrients.
Enter: the Food Log App!
I’ve used a couple, and can safely say that you can have a fantastic food logging app for free on your smart device. MyFitnessPal.com is the one I’ve just begun using, and I’m really enjoying the bells and whistles it has to offer. LoseIt.com is the other free, and very popular, app to track what you eat. I used LoseIt.com and it’s app when I succeeded in losing over 23% of my body weight. Either app allows you to enter your height, weight, goal weight, and speed at which you wish to lose (or gain) the weight. You can also link with your friends on Facebook or via email who also use the app, or invite them to join if they don’t already use it. Then you just have to remember to log your food.
Every. Time. You. Eat.
That’s the trick to food logging. If you don’t log it, it won’t help you. If you lie about what you ate, or how much you ate, it won’t help you. If you confuse one ounce of dark chocolate for one whole chocolate Easter Bunny, your log won’t help you get fit. The great part of the apps is that they’ll tell you how many calories the food you just ate are worth. Even better, you can log your exercise (including everything from skiing to kickboxing to vacuuming!) and it will add back on those calories burned so you can eat your post-workout snack without blowing your allowance for the day.
If your goal is to lose weight or just eat more healthy food (shouldn’t that always be our goal?), I highly recommend downloading a food journaling app that you can consistently use. If you want some motivation, go ahead and look me up (firstname.lastname@example.org). I’ll be glad to cheer you on or give a little nudge if you need it.
Love and Rockets,