Best App for Diet and Weight Loss
On A Budget: The My Day screen summarizes each day's calorie intake, showing calories burned and consumed and, the bottom line, whether you stayed under budget. Tap the This Week tab to get a weekly view of your calorie balance, or tap Nutrients to see your consumption of fat, carbohydrates, protein, and the like. Tap Add Food or Add Exercise to log meals or activity for the day.
Diet Details: Record the day's food and exercise from the Log screen, and Lose It! shows the calorie breakdown for each meal and dish, with a running tally of remaining calories in the day's budget. Tap the + button to add food or exercise for the day, or tap Edit to delete items.
Stocked Cupboard: Lose It! provides a big database of food and corresponding calorie counts to speed your data entry. These items include name-brand prepared foods and entrees from popular restaurant chains. You can also add your own custom dishes, detailing the calories and nutrients for each. The log similarly contains a large list of exercise activities to record the day's exercise with just a few taps.
Serving Size: When you add a food, you choose exactly how much you ate, and the entry screen shows the detailed nutritional info for the portion. Lose It! takes note of the foods you eat frequently, stowing them in a My Foods list in the log, so that it's easy to add your standard breakfast, for example.
Version reviewed: 1.1
The toughest part of a diet isn't so much the portions or menu as it is staying motivated. Lose It! helps you maintain enthusiasm and discipline by turning the dreary details of calorie-counting into a video game: You vs. your calorie budget. Lose It! sets a daily calorie limit based on age, gender, height, and weight-loss goals. Tell it what you eat and how you exercise, and it shows you how well you're meeting your goal.
If recording and counting calories is more work than you care to put into your diet, Weightbot offers a simpler and frankly adorable alternative. The app tracks your daily weight and nothing more, but it does it with whimsical robot sound effects and sleek graphics. Swipe its mechanical band of dates to find the day to enter, tap in your weight, and the app calculates your body mass index for you. Turn your iPhone or iPod Touch sideways, and Weightbot shows a simple chart of your progress toward your desired weight.