LOSE IT! is a smart-phone application that covers it all when it comes to recording and tracking your food and drink intake in addition to exercise output.
Best of all, LOSE IT! is free and easy to use. Here is how to use the best features LOSE IT! has to offer:
- Visit the APP STORE on your Smart Phone and install LOSE IT! for free.
- Begin using the LOSE IT! app by add personal information such as your birth date and how much you currently weigh versus how much you would like to lose.
- LOSE IT! automatically configures how many calories you may consume per day to reach your goal. Luckily, the app also adjusts the calorie total based on how much and how long you exercise each day.
TIPS FOR MANAGING “LOG”
- Tap “Log” to enter your daily meals and exercise
- Tap the plus sign in the upper right corner for a list titled “Add to Log”
- When you choose a meal, such as breakfast, a POP UP LIST gives you the following options:
Search foods - Click on this to type in a food. For example, type in “oatmeal”, then tap search button. A list will pop up that lists many oatmeal choices. Tap on the oatmeal that best describes your breakfast. Then, roll a counter that is displayed until the correct measurement of HOW much oatmeal you ate is shown. Click “add” in upper right corner and you are done. The calories for the entry you have just made will be deducted for the amount you were allowed for the day.
Scan Barcode - If possible, keep the packaging for a food item you eat and scan the UPC code to add that food to your daily food log. Tap the “Scan barcode” screen, where an actual scanner will appear on your smart phone. Simply wave the phone over the UPC bar code and the exact item you ate will appear on your phone screen. You can then adjust the serving quantity and add it to your daily intake log.
My foods - View this area of the menu if you wish to add something to your daily log that you have previously eaten. For example, if you ate 10 baby carrots on Monday, then you could pull the calorie count up in “My foods” and tap that entry for Wednesdays log if you also ate 10 baby carrots on Wednesday.
Previous meals - Tap this screen to pull up an entire genre (breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack) of food you ate one day (For example, breakfast on Monday) and tap “Add” to add it to your current food log if you had the same breakfast on any other day to log in.
Recipes -Create and edit recipes from with the “More” tab
Brand name foods - This is an AMAZING feature on LOSE IT!. Tap “Brand name” to reveal 2 tabs, one called “Supermarket Foods” and the other called “Restaurant Foods” — You can literally look up any food by brand and then adjust the application to indicate exactly how much of the food you ate. For example, we ate one chicken tender from Chicken Express and were able to record the calories easily under “restaurant foods”
Create new food - Use this feature to add a food to your CURRENT day’s log by tapping “Create new food tab” then type in the name of something that you ate, for example, broccoli. After typing in “broccoli” a broccoli ICON appears and you tap the broccoli icon that pops up, enter the quantity and calories of food eaten and it will show up on your current daily food log. We don’t expect to use this feature very often as it is covered under other tabs.
About “MY DAY” Menu-
This page shows a sliding bar of your daily food “budget” versus how much you have consumed. This information is very valuable because it also show you how many more calories you can eat that day.
About “MORE” Menu- Under the “More” heading, you may:
Edit foods & exercises
Adjust App preferences – Here is where you can create a password to lock the app so that your daily progress can remain private
Access summary reports
About “FRIENDS” Menu- I wouldn’t use any of these features, but you may find them useful:
Add friends to help you stay on track
Set up motivators
Sync your data with Loseit.com
Log food and exercise on their website
Share foods with friends
About “EXERCISE” Menu-
Tap “Browse exercises” to add completed exercises to your daily log or;
OR tap ”My exercises” for stored exercises that you regularly perform and have stored on the menu
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