Here’s a weird new application for your cell phone; use it to lose weight. Now if you have an iPhone you can download a free ap called “Lose It”. With Lose It you set a weight goal, then enter in everything you eat every day. They data base is extensive, and includes most store-bought and restaurant food, as well as fresh food. Lose It tracks your caloric and nutritional input against your goal, and allows you to review how you are doing. It also allows you to input a wide variety of exercises to give you a total view of your progress.
For many years diet experts have agreed that tracking your food intake is a great way to stick to a diet, but writing down food and then looking up the caloric count is too time consuming. Lose It automates it all, and I have found it to be a great way to track how I am doing. It also gives you a different perspective on food. When you understand how many calories are in that cookie it is a lot easier to give up dessert.