By Steve Overton on Sun, 08/22/2010
Getting back in shape, after more years than I'd like to admit, has been a bit daunting and slower than I imagined. But since I always have my iPod Touch with me, I can now track my progress on the fly....track calorie intake and output all with a few taps of my finger. The beauty of having apps available on my device is that I don't have to rely on my memory at the end of the day. I can tally them at the time I am eating or exercising. What's even more helpful is that I can look up food in a restaurant to make smart choices. (did you know that a whole Bloomin' Onion at The Outback is 1,500 calories and 84g of fat?)
There are two apps that I carry with me all the time. They are very similar in many ways but differ in foods and/or restaurants in their databases. So, if I can't find something in one app, it is most likely in the other.
CalorieSmart - $1.99 http://bit.ly/cIUso4 - let's you search by food or by restaurant and displays the breakdown of calories, proteins, fats, fiber, carbohydrates etc, which can then be added to your daily totals. It will also figure in any exercise to total calculations. What I like best about this app is that one of the calculations includes an equivalent score to Weight Watcher points. It also stores all its data on your device, so you don't have to be in wifi range to use it.
Lose it - Free http://bit.ly/a3qTlU - will do most of what CalorieSmart will do, search foods and restuarants, display breakdowns of calories, proteins etc., and track exercise. It also does not require wifi to search for food breakdowns or restaurant data. You can also set up a Loseit.com account to share weight loss progress with friends.
If you are serious about losing weight or staying in shape.....there's an app for that....don't leave home without them.