DailyBurn, and Calorie Tracker, Oh My!
By Chelsey Bobcek, MS,
RD, CD, CSSD
Here’s the one thing that I have learned to help manage my
weight—eat it, write it!
Not only has my own anecdotal experience taught me the
lessons of food tracking, but more research studies than ever have now proven that
when you embark on the great journey of weight loss, meal tracking will
increase your likelihood of success.
But now that we are on the horizon of hi-tech nutrition informatics,
is it enough to just write it? What about the amazing array of all of those
gizmos and smartphone apps out there? Do we truly need to “write” anything or
is the answer to “tap” to our hearts content!
More meal tracking apps are available every day on smart
phones to electronically enter your food on your own personalized program. If
you have an iPhone, Droid, Windows 7, or BlackBerry, have no fear, a meal
tracking app is available for you.
Between Lose It!, DailyBurn, MyNetDiary, Tap & Track, and Weight
Watchers® Point Track, you have no shortage of choices. You can stop after having
lunch with your coworkers, pick up your smartphone, and enter the brutal truth
that was your lunch.
With all this overload of hi-tech meal tracking options, ask
yourself these questions:
it worth it?
app is best for me?
I make sense from all that data that was my lunch to meet my health goals?
Well, the answer lies in what you are doing already. If your
premier way of organizing everything else in your life is a smartphone app and
you already have your calendar, e-mail, and games on the phone, then guess
A MEAL TRACKING APP IS FOR YOU!
Apps, apps, and more apps, which one to choose? The beauty of
it is that there are many free meal tracking apps on the market. The world is
truly your oyster (whether you eat oysters or not)! Pick your favorite color or
read the reviews. The key is to start tracking. That is when you truly see the
The truth is, you need to start and become committed. Any
logging of food is always an investment where you have to take the time to
enter your own custom foods. Once you get through that initial investment, no
matter which app you have chosen, you just keep logging in the foods that make
up your healthy meal plan. The key to remember is if you don’t like the app,
switch to another one before you have entered too many custom foods. The more
you enter, the less likely you’ll want to move and try another app. Maybe track
on a few apps the first week to see what feels right to you!
No matter what app you eventually do choose, the fact is that
you are now tapping in all of those delicious morsels you’ve eaten and learning
about your food habits. By electronically taking account of what you eat while
having some gizmo fun, you’ve really tracked what you have eaten for 1, 2, or 3
weeks more than if you had not joined the tracking app download revolution. Adding
some high-tech tap fun may just help you meal-track a bit longer than if you just
wrote it on paper. And I bet you lost some weight too, just by becoming more
engaged with your new toy!
So, if you have a smartphone and want to get fit and in
shape, what do you have to lose by placing a meal tracking app on your phone to
help organize your health goals? Your waistline? This is the information highway
of technology helping you meet your real-life body goals.
Don’t know where to start?
Below are some tips on choosing a meal tracking app:
the reviews. If you like what other customers are saying, than usually the majority
rules and you probably will like it too.
ahead and look on a search engine for the top-rated meal tracking apps. Chances
are you will find one you love.
can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can get inspired by the name. If you
like the name of the app and it motivates you to track, go for it!
out the health and fitness categories on the app stores. You’ll find apps