I have been using this App on my iPhone called My Fitness Pal. I typed in my current weight, my height, and my goal weight and it tells me how many calories I need each day to achieve that goal. Not only that, as I lose weight, I can update my current weight and the app will adjust my expected caloric intake appropriately.
You can enter any profile information you want; your measurements, your height, weight, goal, gender, date of birth, and activity level. Then each day, you enter the food you eat and any exercise you do.
I think this is a great app. Not only does it track your calories, it gives you a nutrition breakdown as well. You can see how much fat you are getting each day, protein, vitamins, minerals, cholesterol, sodium, and potassium. It’s pretty cool. It is also a social networking app. You can connect with other friends using this app and comment on each other’s progress and offer encouraging support.
I mostly use it to make sure that I am getting at least 1200 calories per day and to track my protein intake. I’m not so concerned with tracking every gram of fat or every calorie. I just need to make sure that I am getting enough per the goals set forth by my surgeon. The doctor wants me to get between 1200-1400 calories per day. Sometimes, that is difficult to do. My stomach just cannot handle that much food at one time, so it can be hard for me some days.
For instance today my goal is 1480 (per the app). I already have taken in 717 calories. I still have one more protein snack and dinner with 763 calories remaining. My protein drink is 170 calories. That will leave 593 calories for dinner. I doubt I will eat 593 calories at dinner. I plan to have spinach and chicken. I did a quick calculation using the app and that will end my day having consumed 1099 calories with 381 calories remaining. Then the app will yell at me that I am not getting enough calories.
I’ll be honest though, I have been having some stomach problems today, so if I do manage to eat dinner, I will consider it a good day. I think my tummy is still in rebellion over the hell I put it through last week.
That aside, if you are trying to lose weight, I definitely suggest this app. They have it for iPhone, iPad, and Android, so no excuses people! Get busy…and if you want to connect with me, my user name for this app is morgaine84.