Helpful Fitness and Nutrition Apps

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Healthy Ways Wednesday with @itsyummi #healthyeating #FitBy50 #lmwlchallenge #weightlosswednesday

This week, the Weight Loss Wednesday group members are discussing the great websites and phone apps that we’ve been using to help us achieve our healthy living goals.

When I first started my Fit by 50 plan, I decided to start attending Weight Watchers.  That program was not helpful for me, but at the very first meeting that I attended, the topic of fitness and weight loss apps came up. I learned that there are SO many apps to choose from, it’s enough to make your head spin.  Or possibly just MY head.

My goal was to find apps and websites that would help me track my food intake, nutrition, weight, and exercise.  After trying out several of them, I’ve found a couple that I absolutely LOVE. All of these are free of charge, unless otherwise noted.

To compile nutritional information for foods and recipes: SparkPeople Recipe Calculator

I love this tool for the simple fact that I can enter in my own recipes and get the nutritional information on them.  A head’s up, though… DON’T save the recipes unless you’re comfortable with them being shared with the rest of the world.  There’s an option to save them privately, but I haven’t found a way to do that AND have it include the nutritional information.

To log weight, food intake, and activity: LoseIt

I used the LoseIt website for registration purposes and have been using the mobile app almost exclusively since then.  It tracks body weight, and if you go online, you can see graphs and set long term goals. The database for foods is HUGE, and it includes nearly every nationwide restaurant chain’s nutritional info, too. (Look up the info on a Boston Cream donut from Dunkin Donuts and you’ll never eat one again!) It allows you to scan UPC bar codes off of products, too. That’s helped me TREMENDOUSLY.  I use the app to log my exercise, too. I never counted, but I’d bet there are at least 100 different types of exercises listed in their database, including different types of housework, but you can even set up your own in the system if you don’t find your specific exercise.

To track activity, including steps walked: Fitbit

There are a few models available, but I bought the Fitbit One.

Tracks steps, distance, calories burned and stairs climbed
Monitor how long and how well you sleep
Wakes you (and not your partner) with a silent alarm
Syncs automatically to your computer or select smartphones and tablets via Bluetooth 4.0
Set goals, view progress and earn badges

My favorite part is that it syncs to the Fitbit app on my phone, too!  I paid for an upgrade to the premium version of LoseIt so my Fitbit even sends all of that data over to LoseIt. It’s fabulous!
MONEY SAVER ALERT:  I have NO idea why, but the BURGUNDY Fitbit sells for $10 less than the black one!

The biggest drawback for me is that it doesn’t give updates during the day. I wish I had something to nag remind me to drink my water and get my butt to the gym!

 

Check out what the rest of the group is talking about!

Pint Sized Baker – Date & Cherry Paleo Treats

Wonky Wonderful – Gluten Free Maple Brown Rice Breakfast Bowl

Clark’s Condensed – Skinny Cinnamon Pumpkin Banana Bread

The Haas Machine – Wednesdays What We Ate

Say Not Sweet Anne – Apps are My Friend

Call me PMC – Skinny Peach Greek Yogurt Smoothie

Shari Blogs – Skinny Banana Bread Muffins

Tone & Tighten – 10 Reasons why My Fitness Pal App is Best

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9 Replies to "Helpful Fitness and Nutrition Apps"

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    Kayla September 26, 2013 (9:09 am)

    Keep up the good work! I’m glad to hear that you like the Fit Bit, I think its too pricey for my current non-committal state. Maybe later. ;D

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      Becca Heflin September 26, 2013 (9:36 am)

      That pricey investment required 6 months of saving up for, Kayla, but it’s been worth the cost for me. If I don’t hold myself accountable, I end up doing too much sedentary activity and WAY too much mindless eating

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    Shari @ Shari Blogs September 25, 2013 (8:50 pm)

    Oh, I have been wanting a Fitbit. You’ve convinced me to put that on my Christmas wish list this year!!!

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      Becca Heflin September 25, 2013 (9:06 pm)

      I don’t think you’ll regret that decision, Shari. It’s helped me SO much! Good luck!

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    Karyn - Pint Sized Baker September 25, 2013 (8:33 pm)

    I’m going to look into LoseIt. I’ve been eyeballing a FitBit for a few years and have not invested in one.

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    Gillian @ The Haas Machine September 25, 2013 (1:43 pm)

    Thanks for the info Becca! I really need to get myself a fitbit or something like it. I feel like I overestimate how many calories I burn throughout the day, so it will probably be a depressing (but necessary) reality for me!

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      Becca Heflin September 25, 2013 (9:08 pm)

      It was definitely eye opening information, but nice to know that you really CAN burn calories folding laundry

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    Karen @BakingInATornado September 25, 2013 (10:00 am)

    You’re doing great. And just cause I’m such a good friend, for a small fee, I’ll nag you to drink your water and get your butt to the gym.

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      Becca Heflin September 25, 2013 (10:10 am)

      Oh my goodness, Karen… your generous spirit just blows me away 😉

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