Now that you’ve conquered the Ten Day Challenge and are on your way to one hundred days of no fast food, it might be time to think about portions and calories. One of the participants in the ten day challenge that I launched at work said she gained weight. She must have been eating too much of all of those good-for-you foods.
Food Diary Apps That Work!
- Calorie Counter by Fat Secret: Besides the food diary, the app provides calorie and nutrition information, a barcode scanner for label reading, an exercise diary and a weight chart. This is one of the highest rated calorie apps on the market. Compatible on both Smartphone and iPhone.
- MyNetDiary– Food Diary and calorie counter plus an on-line community to connect you to other people that provide support and motivation. The app is free but you can upgrade to the pro version for $3.99. Compatible on Smartphone, iPhone and iPad.
- Diet and Food Tracker by SparkPeople.com – SparkPeople claims to be the most popular diet and fitness site and is offering a free app that provides a food and calorie tracker, fitness tracker, weigh-in and detailed weight and calorie reports. Works on Smartphone and iPhone.
These are three of the top-rated apps. There are many, many more. If you’re looking for an app that will help you track your food for a week or two so you can get a baseline of how many calories you consume on a daily basis, any of these will work.
Stick With Tracking Foods
Don’t get too dependent on the exercise trackers that claim to tell you how many calories you’ve burned for each workout sessions. These are terribly unreliable and lead people to believe that they’ve spent more calories than they often do. Your metabolism is as unique as your fingerprint. The calories you burn in a thirty-minute session on the elliptical at level eight is totally different than the person doing 30 minutes at level eight on the identical elliptical next to you.
The food diary/calorie counters however can be quite helpful. If you think on an average you consume 1,700 calories a day and you are in fact taking in 2,200, you’ve may need to think about making some changes if losing 10 pounds is your goal. Here’s where the food diary app comes in handy.