How I Used a Free App to Lose 11 Pounds in 6 Weeks

Financial advisor and author, Dave Ramsey, says that one of the keys to financial success is to spend less than you earn and do it over a long period of time. The key to weight loss is similar. Burn more calories than you consume and keep doing it until you reach your target weight.

LoseiIt Home Page Example

A Typical LoseIt Home Page

This is also the premise behind LoseIt.com, a Web site and app that Gail and I have been using since the first of the year.

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Actually, Gail started using it first. She joined a fitness class at a local gym. One of the requirements was that each of the class members had to use LoseIt to track their calorie intake and exercise. Each day, LoseIt sends her fitness coach a summary of the previous day. Talk about accountability!

After seeing Gail’s progress, I decided to give it a whirl for myself. Here’s how it works:

  1. Set up your account and goal. It’s easy, and it’s free. In addition to the web-based program, you can download the iPhone app (also free). This comes in handy when you are on the road or away from your desk.

    When you sign in for the first time, LoseIt walks you through a simple wizard. You record your beginning weight, height, birthdate, etc. You then chose a plan. You can chose to:

    • Maintain current weight
    • Lose 1/2 lb per week
    • Lose 1 lb per week
    • Lose 1 1/2 lbs per week
    • Lose 2 lbs per week

    Based on your current situation and goal, LoseIt tells you how many calories you can assume per day and then calculates exactly when you will real your goal—assuming you follow the plan.

  2. Begin recording your food consumption. LoseIt has an extensive food database, including most major food brands and even restaurants. You simply pick the meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack) and then select what you ate.

    If you can’t find the food in the database, you can create a custom food or entire recipes. (You can also share these with others.) Each time you add a food, LoseIt subtracts the calorie count from your total daily budget. As a result, you always know exactly how many calories you have left for the day.

  3. Begin recording your exercise. This is my favorite part. LoseIt also has an extensive database of exercise routines. Just like the food module, you can also create custom exercises and routines. When you exercise, LostIt adds back calories to your daily total.

    For example, my daily budget is 1,427 calories. If I walk at 4.0mph—which I have been doing during these cold winter days—I get a credit for 665 calories. This means I can consume 2,092 calories on that day and still hit my goal. This motivates me to exercise, because I am immediately rewarded with extra calories I can consume.

  4. Regularly record your weight. You probably shouldn’t do this every day—your weight will fluctuate too much. What you’re looking for is a longer-term trend. Once a week is probably sufficient, though you can choose any frequency you want.

    You can even connect the Withings WiFi Body Scale to LoseIt and it will automatically transmit your weight and your BMI data. If you are in the market for a new scale, this is a good option, though it’s expensive.

  5. Use the “Motivators” module. This could also be called the “Accountability” module. You can tell LoseIt to send you a text message, reminding you to record each meal or just one message at the end of the day. You can define when you want to receive each message. You only receive a message if you have forgotten to record a meal.

    In addition, you can email your daily summary to an accountability partner. If you are brave, you can even send your summary results to (gulp) Twitter or Facebook. It only posts when you log an exercise, your weight gain or loss (not your actual weight) and when you have achieved your goal.

LoseIt.com also provides extensive reporting. Since all the foods in the database provide full nutritional information, you can monitor, for example, your weekly intake of cholesterol, sodium, carbs, fat, or protein. You can also see charts of your weight trend over time and many more.

For achievers like me, who want to see their daily progress, LoseIt.com is great tool. The app even awards you “badges” along the way. So far, I have collected eight different ones. No one other than Gail sees these, and they have zero monetary value. But for some reason, they really motivate me. It’s kind of like when my piano teacher gave me a gold star for playing a musical piece well.

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  • http://twitter.com/tstcpublishing TSTC Publishing

    Another good free iPhone app that does much the same is MyFitnessPal.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      What have your results been with it?

      • http://twitter.com/tstcpublishing TSTC Publishing

        I suppose it’s supposed to be motivational when you’re under your daily calorie count and it says, “In five weeks you’ll weigh X amount less.” But it’s very de-motivational–especially on those days if you don’t exercise or wind up eating out–when it says “In X weeks you’ll weigh 30 [or whatever] pounds more.” But I think that says more about me than the app!

        Overall, it integrates all the things I was looking for: calorie counter, exercise journal, and weight loss tracker . . . plus it has a pretty extensive database of food–store items, produce/meat, and restaurant menus. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and am down about 4 pounds currently.

      • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

        Do you use anything for half-marathon training, Mike?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          I used Galloway’s training program initially. It is excellent. However, I am kind of in the grove now, so I run about 20 miles a week and gradually amp up the long runs on Saturday.

      • http://wearefixel.com Matt Riopelle

        I’ve been using MyFitnessPal as well. The Android app is pretty nice, but the web UI of Lose It is much better. I’ve lost 17.5 lbs in 5 weeks.

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      I use MyFitnessPal, but haven’t seen great results. It sounds like it does the same things as LoseIt, but the testimonies are a lot stronger.

    • http://twitter.com/danceswifhooves Chrissy N

      I have used MyFitnessPal with a lot of success as well – its database is very extensive for both food and exercise.

  • http://twitter.com/JoyceDZ Joyce DZ

    I use LoseIt too and it enabled me to lose almost 20 pounds in about 6 months. :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Wow. That is pretty dramatic. I met a guy the other day who had lost 50 pounds with LoseIt, though I can’t recall how long it took him.

  • Hans416

    This is a great testimonial. I live how technology not only makes us more efficient but also healthier.

  • Riete

    Thanks for pointing me in this direction. I was looking for something like this … it gives good insight in how much I used to eat and what I am allowed to eat when I want to lose weight.
    I set up my profile today!

  • http://twitter.com/treydarbonne treydarbonne

    Like TSTC I use MyFitnessPal. It’s been a tremendous help. I’ve lost 96 pounds since July, but 59 since I started using it (Nov. 1) to record food and exercise. It has a social aspect as well, but
    i’ve not used it, so I can’t comment on that part.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Those are great results!

    • Anonymous

      Trey that is awesome!!!!

  • http://joeandancy.com Joe Abraham

    Truly, this is tech becoming handy. Thanks for the info. Like to to try out.

  • Sjohnston

    I track my weight, pulse and exercise in an excel spreadsheet I created when I got serious about exercising. Then I started incorporating the Nike+ tool to also track my running. Like you, I am motivated by the electronic medals I receive when I reach a goal.

    Seems silly to me sometimes, but it works!

    I will probably give LoseIt a try…

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  • Jenniferhinz13

    Any suggested apps for those of us using Android?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Unfortunately, I don’t use an Andriod, so I don’t have any recommendations.

    • Jocelyn

      My husband uses Calorie Counter by Fat Secret on his Droid. It’s free & he’s lost 65 lbs in a year.

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    Mike! I run in the morning to keep myself fit. I am not a tech geek. In fact, I have not employed any technology to achieve my fitness goals. But, I see to that I run regularly to maintain my body. Thanks for your sharing. I am considering to expore the same.

  • Cyndi Culpepper

    I started using LoseIt in January of last year and I’ve lost 93 pounds so far (and 7 sizes). I tried several other apps but LoseIt is my favorite. I love it when I enter my exercise (which is mostly Zumba and Pilates) and I get extra calories added to my daily allotment. The challenge for me is to NOT use those calories so I can see faster results. I also really like being able to enter data regardless of which of my “toys” I’m using — iPad, iPhone, or MacBook.

    I must admit I did find entering my food a bit cumbersome at first, but I blocked out some time to enter my most often used recipes and that has helped tremendously. Overall, LoseIt has played an integral part in helping me meet my goals and change my life.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      That is incredible, Cyndi. Holy smoke! I am not sure I would recognize you. That is dramatic. I’m proud of you!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      That is incredible, Cyndi. Holy smoke! I am not sure I would recognize you. That is dramatic. I’m proud of you!

      • Cyndi Culpepper

        Thanks, Mike! You would recognize me but many people who haven’t seen me in a long time walk right past me! I’m not quite at goal but my deadline is my 30th high school reunion in June. I will make it — I’m VERY determined. :)

        (BTW, I had a nice chat with Megan the other day about Zumba. I’m excited for her!)

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Awesome! Gail went to a Zumba class this morning. I haven’t gotten the debrief yet, but I am eager to hear.

          • http://twitter.com/HeatherScott64 Heather Scott

            Zumba is FUN so I bet she was smiling! Just tell her to go SHAKE IT.. she’ll know what you mean :-)

    • Anonymous

      Cyndi,

      That’s awesome!!!

  • http://www.gospelofkingdom.com Gregory Scott

    Michael-I began using this app in 2009 and lost 2 lbs per week until I hit my mark of 16lbs. I’ve kept it off since then, even though I no longer use the app, because I learned through the app what I could and could not eat and how much I needed to exercise. It really is math and discipline. I’m glad you shared this with your audience.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      It really is a profoundly simple formula. I like how it doesn’t care what you eat, just that you count it.

  • http://alexspeaks.com Alex Humphrey

    Michael, that is an amazing application. And it’s free!

    This is exactly what I need; I am an achiever, planner, and list maker. Having something like this to give me concrete ways to measure success is going to be really beneficial.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us! After I use it I’ll have to write about my experiences on my own blog =)

    • http://twitter.com/HeatherScott64 Heather Scott

      check out http://www.sparkpeople.com also very cool free site with lots of tools to help stay focused and held accountable

  • http://peterpollock.com Peter P

    I’d love to lose it.

    30lb is my goal

  • Geoff

    I’ve used Daily Burn with similiar results, dropping from 220 to 165 in 12 months, and this was with a 4 month break to enjoy the summer without tracking food intake. I was aware of food intake during that time period.

  • Anonymous

    Michael,
    I love ‘loseit’ I have been using it on and off for two years. Most of the time I use it just to track food intake and not to lose weight. It is great way to track the food you eat and also the make sure you are taking in a good balance of protein, carbs, fat and other nutrients. It also gives me permission to eat more on the days I exercise hard.

  • http://twitter.com/ajeanne Jeanne Farrington

    Hi Michael. Great post. I use an online site named CalorieKing (www.calorieking.com). They have a whole program to help people with their weight goals (and there’s a sale right now on their small annual fee). I lost 52 pounds on the program in 2010, and 5 more so far this year. In addition to an extensive & precise database of foods (you can measure most things by servings, ounces, or grams), they also have an educational program to help people identify their eating styles, triggers to eating, “hidden” calories, etc. If they don’t have a particular food, you can add it. The program helps with motivation, tracks your exercise (and “gives” you calories back when you do exercise). They also provide optional tracking for fluids, steps, and nutrient targets (fat, sugar, carbs, etc.).

    You can save favorite foods and meals so that they’re fast & easy to add to your food diary each day. You can also copy a meal from a previous day, adjusting the amounts, if needed, to reflect portion sizes.

    In addition to all that, they provide assistance with preventing weight regain and life-long weight control. This is where I think many of us go wrong. We reach our goal weight, or nearly do, and then revert back to the habits that helped us to gain weight in the first place.

    If Calorie King had an affiliate program, I’d sign up for it.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I used CalorieKing a few years ago. I liked it. I think you can do most these same things with LoseIt. I’d have to compare both versions to know.

      Regardless, the main thing is to find a program you are comfortable with and will get you the results you are after. It sounds like you have made great progress!

  • Joe Slaughter

    Thanks for posting this Michael. My wife (more tech oriented than me) helped me get this app downloaded & I just started using it. I was immediately surprised at the calories in our Sat. morning Men’s Breakfast (eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, orange juice & coffee w cream) I had just conducted. I like the badges too. Sort of like the Mayorships & badges on Foursquare – no monetary reward but just a little encouragement. Looking forward to the experience.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I know, it is shocking. I always try to check before I eat, so I know what I am getting into. Recently, I ordered a grilled chicken burrito at a popular Mexican chain. I thought it was a pretty healthy choice. However, when I got home and entered into LoseIt, I discovered it had 1,100 calories! I was floored. Things aren’t always what they seem.

  • Jay

    Good job.

    I lost weight (I didn’t have a lot to lose, but there was some there) and got athletic just by doing what I knew I should. Cleaned up my diet and did intense weight training everyday. Didn’t need to set any goals or calorie count, didn’t even need any outside support aside from the wife. I just did it, and it worked. It still does.

    I realize not everyone is like that so stuff like this app can only help.

  • http://www.indiebusinessblog.com Donna Maria Coles Johnson

    I have been using http://www.myfitnessdiary.com and have lost 10 pounds. It has many of the same things as you mention here, and a few additional ones. The one thing I really like there that I don’t see mentioned here is daily tracking of percentage intake of fat, carbs, and protein. That’s really handy, and I try to stay at 20% fat, 40% carb, and 40% protein. (The protein is hard to get so I’ve started using a protein shake.) Great job, and thanks for sharing.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, LoseIt tracks those daily metrics, too. Thanks.

  • http://www.faithimagined.com Alisahopewagner

    People really don’t know how much calories they are consuming until they examine their food intake. It is simple math in the end, but we have to contend with our supposed “rights” to any foods we want.

  • http://dennarr.com/ Dennis

    Lose It is an excellent resource! I highly recommend it…I’ve used it for just over a year now and have lost 80 lbs!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yeow! 80 lbs. Congratulations!

  • http://twitter.com/pursuingyahweh Bryan Patrick

    I’ve been using LoseIt off and on for over a year. Recently my wife and I got serious about it and I’ve tracked my eating and exercise data everyday since January 3 of this year and have lost 30 pounds so far. I hope to lose another 12-15 before the ReCreate cruise in April!

    About a week or so ago I also began using the “Seconds” app for high intensity training circuits. It is a great motivator, excellent UI, and easily customizable. I get the exercises for the circuits from personal trainers, but also by using the Men’s Health Magazine exercise app. Links to both are below.

    Seconds App LINK: http://www.secondsapp.com/
    Men’s Health App LINK: http://www.menshealth.com/iphone-workouts/

    PS – my wife and I are looking forward to celebrating our 10th Wedding Anniversary with you and the others on the ReCreate Cruise! Great post on this app, as always Michael. Thanks for sharing!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I am motivated by the upcoming cruise, too. (Might as well let it work for us!) I look forward to meeting you.

      Thanks also for these links. I am checking out these apps now.

  • http://www.roccocapra.com/ Rocco

    Awesome Michael. I found the iPhone app the other day but didn’t do anything with it. Thanks so much for posting this. I now have my profile all setup and am looking to loose 30lb. this year (as well as run a couple 5K races). LooseIT will help big time in that!!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Just for the record, I find the online version of LoseIt much easier to use. I didn’t have much success when it was only an iPhone app. It works in a punch, but I keep a tab open to LoseIt all day and love it. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/jeremyers1 Jeremy Myers

    Good job. Rick Warren should have consulted you instead of Dr. Oz. If he had, he probably wouldn’t be getting all the online blog flak.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I had no idea how much flak he was taking until I Googled this. Oh my.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been using MyFitnessPro free app since the beginning of the year and have averaged 1 pound per week weight lose just from counting calories. With the nutrition analysis (and guilt free eating) I’m beginning to focus on eating better and what makes me feel good. I’ll have to check out LoseIt. I’ve heard of it, but saw MyFitnessPro recommended on a blog (344 Pounds is the name of the blog, he lost over 100 pounds just from counting calories).

  • http://twitter.com/DianaLynnFraser Diana Lynn Fraser

    Probably poor timing for me to sign up today, since tomorrow’s my birthday and we’re having cheese cake (and a mess of other goodies), but I do really need to do this. Thanks so much Michael for posting this and how it’s working for you. This definitely sounds doable.

  • http://www.russhutto.com Russ Hutto

    Hey Michael,

    I’ve been using LoseIt for a while myself. I’m a re:creater – enjoyed your talk this year!

    Since July my wife and I both are down about 30 lbs and still dropping. I have about 15ish more to go before I’m a ripped monster! Or something like that! Haha.

    I use it mainly to track my macronutrients (carbs mainly) as I don’t count calories directly. I eat a higher fat/moderate protein/lower carb approach and eat until satiety. Had to give up grains, breads, pastas, etc. Since doing that I’ve experienced a stabilizing of my blood sugar (hypoglycemic), lowering of my blood pressure, and a renewed since of vigor and energy. I recommend going a little lower carb than the gov recommends!

    Congrats on your weight loss so far!

    Russ

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Russ. Congratulations on dropping 30 lbs. Impressive!

      Thanks also for your comments about my talk at Re:create. I love that conference!

  • Steve Barkley

    If you want to change something you have to be able to measure it. That is why every management presentation is filled with charts and graphs. I teach Kisado fitness classes and encourage people to use Lose it. I have seem remarkable results in people when they combine measuring calorie intake as well as burn, with proper nutrition choices, and Kisado fitness. With Lose it on your smart phone you can make realtime entries and know where you stand throughout the day, which is better that trying to enter everything in the evening, only to find out you are way over budget. I have heard a weight loss coach say for best results stick to a calorie intake goal, and don’t go over that even if you you burn excessive calories that day.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      My problem with sticking to the calorie intake goal, even if I exercise, is that short-circuits my motivation to exercise. I want those extra calories! It’s a small reward. And I am still losing weight. Personally, I don’t want to lose more than 1–1/2 to 2 pounds a week.

      • Steve Barkley

        You are getting good results and that is what really matters. Your goals are realistic and healthy. BTW I saw a tweet from you quite a while ago about Lose it. I shared it with my wife and with that, a coach (another one of your recommendations from a previous post) and high intensity interval training exercises she has surpassed her weight loss goal, and is back to her clothing size before giving birth to six boys. You inspire and motivate me on many fronts, so thanks for that.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          You are welcome, Steve.

  • http://twitter.com/ThatGuyKC K.C. Pro

    I lost 6 pounds in 2 weeks using this app, but fell off the wagon. Definitely need to get back on. Thank you for the encouragement.

  • Dshick

    I’ve been using Lose-It too and have lost 28 pounds. I’m convinced it works because I can instantly enter items via my iPhone. My wife says I just love anything that allows me to allow me to play with an electronic toy. But the iPhone app keeps me honest. I also have found that I’m exercising more and more regularly…especially when we are going out to dinner or I just have to have that slice of pizza.

  • http://www.idoinspire.com Jody Urquhart

    I have been looking for a weight loss app for my iPad
    But I will try lose it

  • http://geoffreywebb.wordpress.com/ Geoff Webb

    I’m a big fan of LoseIt. It helped me lose about 20 lbs of sympathy baby weight a few years ago. The biggest things I got from it:

    1. It made me think before snacking. I started saying stuff like, “Do I really want these chips right now or a tasty dessert this evening?”

    2. It made me realize that small changes to eating habits have a greater impact than big changes in exercise. (e.g. it takes an hour of running to offset the amount of pizza I can eat in ten minutes!)

    3. Metrics and real-time feedback are key motivators to living intentionally. It helped me see how I was living “accidentally” in other areas of my life as well.

    Thanks for this post, Mike. I remember following (via twitter) your initial experiences with the iPhone App. I remember you didn’t seem too impressed. Glad the online app is working better. I’ll have to check it out.

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  • Alicia

    I’ve started the C25K program — I’m signed up to run a 5k in April as a challenge to myself. I stream the podcasts on my phone when I run.

  • http://www.atone.me Atone

    Or in other words… The healthier body for the starving soul?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Can you elaborate? I am not sure what you mean.

  • Robin Moore

    I downloaded losit last April. I have now lost a total of 64 lbs. Keeping a log of your meals and exercises have been such a motivator. I love to watch the graph line make a decline. I will continue to use it for maintenance once I reach my 75 lb. goal. Also having friends that use the application keep me motivated to stay on track and support me when I fail. I also have a digital copy of their book I purchased from Amazon.com.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Is the book worth it? I have seen it advertised on their site.

      • Robin Moore

        I think its a good book for those who really need to understand more about the importance of calorie’s in calorie’s out, healthy eating and how fad diets don’t work.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          I might have to get it then. I find this kind of thing motivational, even if I know most of the stuff.

          • Robin Moore

            My favorite was reading the Abs Diet. Pick up a copy for my Dad who suffered a heart attack this past summer. It explains all good eating habits on how to kept the lean muscle so it will eat up the fat. They call it the Abs diet because the most harmful fat is located in the belly and around all your organs. The authors is the editor from Men’s Health mag.

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Hi Michael, I had not heard of Lose It before. It sounds like a good way to keep track of food intake. I currently use Calorie Counter on my Droid which has an extensive list of meals and is easy to use. Now that the State of California is requiring restaurant chains to list calories, eating out isn’t as much fun as it used to be. I went to Mimi’s Restaurant yesterday. Almost anything good on the menu is a 1000 calories. Even the salads weigh in at 1200-1500 calories… Yikes.

    My favorite fitness app by far is Cardio Trainer. This program tracks your exercise program by GPS on your phone and gives you a complete readout of calories burned, distance covered, your pace, and will give you feedback as you run. It’s truly a reason to buy an Android phone. You can even share your results online with your social media friends. I’m sure there is something similar for Apple phones, but I’m hooked on this Droid app.

    I guess with a 1427 calorie goal you could have a salad at Mimi’s and take the rest of the day off….

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I usually stick to around 400-500 calories a meal. I find that if I eat the right stuff, I can do this and not feel hungry. Eliminating a lot of white carbs really helps. Thanks.

      • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

        I agree. Something that has worked for me over the years is to aim for no more than 500 calories/meal and no more than 15 grams of fat. At the gym this year, the new rage seems to be the Paleo diet, which restricts all grains but allows fruits and vegetables. White carbs do seem to be the enemy.

        • http://www.russhutto.com Russ Hutto

          I’m a paleo/primal eater and though it does seem to be a new fad, it’s pretty much what most of human history has consumed (before adopting the monocrops that big agriculture brings). There are still several people groups who consume a paleo style diet naturally and they tend to be some of the healthiest, fittest people around (by comparison to the western diet).

          The overall goal is to eat real food, not food products (which would also include most refined/milled grains). The thing I’m finding as I dig deeper and deeper into it is the optimal health benefits as opposed to just weight loss. You can pretty much lose weight on just about any diet out there as long as you stick to it, but the real question is what eating approach is the best for you long term? I believe there’s a lot of mounting research that points to a more natural, primal style as being the most likely candidate, but the jury is still out!

          • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

            Can you refer me to a book that discusses this? This sounds very interesting. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/RachelleGardner Rachelle Gardner

    Many thanks to you and Gail for the inspiration! LoseIt.com is strictly Apple and doesn’t have a Droid app, so I did some research and joined SparkPeople.com, which does the same thing. I’m excited to get started!

  • Tod Shuttleworth

    I’ve lost 7 pounds with Lose It! It works.

  • http://twitter.com/timdetellis Tim DeTellis

    Michael, I’m so thrilled for you and Gail. A technology that has helped me is the iPhone RunKeeper app. I’m not a runner, but you can track walking too. It provides a GPS tracking of where you walked, the distance, time, and pace per mile. Along the way, it will talk with you for an update on your progress and track the results online at their RunKeeper.com website.

  • http://twitter.com/RobertTalbert Robert Talbert

    I’ll second (or third, or whatever) this app. I used LoseIt a year ago to drop 15 pounds in about 2 months. Unfortunately I gained some of that back, but then I used it again to get back to my goal weight. I like how it turns dieting into basically an economics problem that can be solved by planning and discipline. If I know I’m heading to a party later in the week that has pizza or birthday cake, I don’t have to deny myself when I get there — I just budget for it during the week and not eat so much. That way of thinking also helped me realize that there are some foods that are just not “worth it” in terms of effort expended to budget for them. I don’t use the app regularly now because I feel like it’s trained me to think about food in the right ways, and generally speaking if you can do that, then you’re going to be OK with keeping your weight down to reasonable levels.

  • Karl Mealor

    Related to the Dave Ramsey quote–a similar app for finances would be great. Here’s how much you earned today–here’s how much you spent.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Mike,

    I used LoseIt to lose 20lbs last year before I started training for my first triathlon.

    I don’t use the app anymore but it changed my approach to diet and exercise and I’m now down 30lbs and training for an IronMan.

    I still use MapMyRun (or MapMyRide) to track and share my outdoor exercise.

    Keep it up…and whe are you going to do a tri with me?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great testimony. Thanks.

      With regard to doing the tri, I’m not sure I am ready for that!

  • http://twitter.com/HeatherScott64 Heather Scott

    Another GREAT FREE online tool is http://www.sparkpeople.com food & fitness logs, community boards & even a cool personal website called ‘my spark page’

  • http://mutantminds.com Mutant Minds

    I am thinking of a new product that I will call “Bite or Bite”.

    It is a type of shock collar similar to those that people put on their dogs for barking or going out of an invisible fence line.

    Simply put the flesh colored collar on and watch what you eat.

    It uses an average calorie per fork or spoon input. So every time you lift a fork or spoon to your mouth it records the amount of calories you are taking in.

    When you get close to your limit for the day it will warn you. Go over your limit and it will shock you when you lift the fork or spoon to your mouth. So after you are warned you can take that next bite or get a bite from a shock.

    After a while you will not even need the collar since your brain will convince you to watch the number of bites you take a day.

    And as for accountability, everyone will see that you are wearing the “Bite or Bite” so they will encourage you along the way.

  • http://twitter.com/mdmaurer MaDonna Maurer

    I have used the app on my iTouch, but didn’t think about there being a site on the web. Thanks for the info on that…now I’m up on both. I have found it so very helpful and has taught me so much about portion control.

  • Anonymous

    I know, this is going to be hard (but not impossible). you’ve conviced me I’m now registered on “lose it” web site. let see what happen.

  • http://davidwillisblog.com/ David Willis

    Have Loseit downloaded and look forward to trying it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    This is a very interesting idea. I’ve recently been trying to get a handle on my fitness. I’m pushing 40, and started using a Life Plan similar to the one you have here. One of my top areas is fitness and lifestyle. I’ve been using a couple of books by Dr Don Colbert, Eat This And Live! and Get Fit And Live! They seem to be helpful, but an app that I can use to track everything will be a great asset. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

  • Tlcinms

    I am down 21 pounds in almost 2 months with this app. I like it for eating out because there is no guessing on what I should eat.

  • http://familysynergy.wordpress.com JD Eddins

    Last year used DailyMile.com quite a bit to keep track of my exercise. I loved that it kept up with calories burned by telling me how many donuts I had worked off.
    Unfortunately I got hurt then sidetracked and have not been logging as many runs and haven’t been on the site in awhile. But the other day someone sent me some motivation on the site, so I think I’ll be getting back to it soon.

  • http://studio27b.net Dave Nash @ Studio27b.net

    I had this app for a bit but never really gave it the “workout” it deserved. I also never went online to see all the great stuff they had there! Thanks for the info and congratulations too!

    I lost more than 80 lbs in about a year and have kept of for another year. Without knowing it, I used many of the principles promoted by LoseIt…and have enjoyed the benefits!

    I’ll be praying for both of your ongoing success!

  • http://twitter.com/DanielBecerra Daniel Becerra

    Have no used any app, besides the bodybuilder.com website… but… congratulations on the weight loss!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jesse-Smith/704111939 Jesse Smith

    I used LoseIt for a few months and shed a few pounds. Then, after traveling for two weeks, I didn’t continue using it and Thanksgiving and Christmas hit. When I thought about going back to it, I checked my weight and found that over the holidays I had continued to lose weight and had reached my goal of losing 10 pounds (5 of those over the holidays).

    Recently I picked up a book called “Mindless Eating” and discovered what happened.

    In becoming aware (thanks to LoseIt) of how much I was eating, I adjusted my portion size. Our body doesn’t recognize small changes well, which was what I made. My slightly smaller portions became what my eyes would see as normal. Since our eyes tell us what to eat more than our stomachs, that’s what I kept eating even after I stopped tracking.

    One more tip based on that reading: We’re trying to eat until we are not hungry rather than eat until we are full. The difference is about 20% of your meal – which is a huge calorie saving.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Gail read the book, Mindless Eating, and really enjoyed it. The title says it all!

  • Tomsiller

    Very cool. I´am waiting eagerly for a eurpean version …

  • Blair

    Thanks Mike. I have tried LiveStrong and MapMyRun but I think this looks to be a little more robust. The issue I always find is tracking the right anount of calories based on the foods eaten. Now I just need to purchase an iphone :)

  • Dailygaze.wordpress.com

    Tap and Track for iPad has a food database that downloads. No need for wi-fi every time you want to log. I also log my 10 glasses of water on the notepad of my low tech phone since it is always with me. So far I’ve only made it to 7 glasses. Might drown if I drink 10 in one day I think!

  • http://twitter.com/rejoicebeloved Rejoice Beloved

    I like that it is

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  • http://twitter.com/rejoicebeloved Rejoice Beloved

    I like that it is all in one. Currently I use three apps (on my Droid): calorific, RunKeeper Pro, and Cardio Trainer. The last two are basically the same–keeps track of my exercise routine, calories burned, etc. I am going to choose one or the other eventually. Thanks for the tip.

  • http://twitter.com/rejoicebeloved Rejoice Beloved

    I like that it is all in one. Currently I use three apps (on my Droid): calorific, RunKeeper Pro, and Cardio Trainer. The last two are basically the same–keeps track of my exercise routine, calories burned, etc. I am going to choose one or the other eventually. Thanks for the tip.

  • http://www.practicalistuff.com Tim Atkins

    Lose It! was one of the first apps I started using on the iPhone, before there was even a web app version. I wasn’t as faithful last year, when I started using it, but still managed to lose about 14 pounds during the time I used it. So far, I’ve been faithful this year in doing it every day.

    The thing I like most is that by using this simple method, I can change the way I eat as a lifestyle rather than following a strict and difficult-to-keep-up diet. I can eat what I want within reason if I eat reasonable portions. The things that “cost” me too much I no longer want to eat because the enjoyment is not worth the cost.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I agree. A friend of mine called this the “gameifiction of weight loss.” In other words, LoseIt makes weight loss a game. I love playing it!

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  • http://www.ricardobueno.com Ricardo Bueno

    Hey Michael,

    I signed up for this app after reading your post. I’m about a week in and I have to tell ya, totally useful and quite revealing actually! After punching in what I consume on a daily basis, I think I need to change some of my snacking habits whilst at work, heh.

    I’m still trying to recover from a back injury. While I do, staying within my daily limit is the goal.

    Anyway, thanks for pointing out the app, love it!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great. I have lost another two pounds since writing the post. I am now within two pounds of my goal weight!

  • Rodney

    I have lost 35 pounds in 4 months with lose it. The biggest advantage is my ultra awareness of what I’m eating. I’ll gladly skip a candy bar now for a full meal later.

  • Joe Lalonde

    I keep telling myself that I need to lose some weight. I’ll be checking this out and hope to find it is a great resource.

  • Barbie

    GREAT info, Michael! I have been looking for a program like this…thank you!

  • Stacy Harp

    I use Spark People. ;)

  • http://brettcohrs.com Brett

    First–awesome (I just saw your Tweeted update that you’ve hit your goal already)!

    I tried it and have had a hard time with plugging in amounts for cooked meals. I’ve also had a hard time finding certain brand foods. I was wondering how extensive the database is (or if there’s one with a larger one).

    Or is there a way that you’ve worked around that for equating database options for restaurant food or a brand they don’t have so there isn’t the constant entering in of new foods. I felt like I was continually adding new foods and that got a little annoying and time consuming. I loved following for the day, but the new food adds have been a hurdle to consistency. Maybe it’s a me problem. :-)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I agree: this can be frustrating. However, I increasingly noticed that my diet doesn’t have as much variety as I thought. Once I had entered my favorite foods or recipes, it was easy. Also, you can select “previous meals.” It’s even easier if you are doing it with your spouse as I am. One of us can enter the foot and then “share” it with the other. For me, it was worth the effort. It only took a few minutes a day, and I am thrilled with the result. I haven’t weighed this little since high school!

      • http://brettcohrs.com Brett

        Thanks–I’ll calm myself and have some patience. I’m about to turn 40 and all the sudden I realize it’s going to get harder and harder and harder to maintain a reasonable weight. I call it operation 180. :-)

  • Shari

    Awesome, thanks for the info. Caring for/worrying about several families with cancer & other severe health issues over the past four years has coincided with a 35 pound weight gain for me. Good old-fashioned calorie counting is working once again. And a goal of swimming a leg of a triathlon in June (700 yards in the James River – what was I thinking when I said yes?). Big goals are key to my staying motivated too.

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  • Joe Lalonde

    Just wanted to stop by and say thanks again for posting this App. I’ve never thought of myself as overweight but I knew I had a few pounds to lose. I started to use LoseIt after I saw your post here and have been keeping up with it for 20 days or so. So far I’m seeing some pretty dramatic results. I’ve gone from 225 pounds down to 214.5 lbs in 20 days. My starting goal was to get down to 210 lbs but I think I may change that to 200 lbs by May. It’s also helped me focus on getting active and exercising again. It’s nice to be able to do push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, and much more. Thanks for showing me this tool and helping me get into better shape!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Those are great results. Good for you!

  • TNeal

    My wife should be the one to thank you for this post. I don’t snore anymore and she sleeps a lot better at night.

    I’m down 10 pounds since I started charting my exercise and meal habits. My goal is another 12 pounds which would break a two-decade cycle of being heavier than I should have been.

    Now if you’ve got any advice about sharing the covers better, my wife would be appreciative.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Hilarious! I’ve lost almost 19 so far. It really does work.

  • Twinny23

    I am having trouble because of all the traveling I do for work. I am out of town on business about 20 days a month. I work out almost everyday but the food is a problem as we eat out 1-2 times a day on these business trips and obviously healthy selections are limited. When I’m home it’s very easy because I can plan. Any ideas/tips?

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      This weekend starts a series of graduation parties for me (i.e. lots of good food) so I’ll be beta-testing these thoughts in church basements and people’s backyards for the next week or two.

      I’ve always been active and felt, to lose weight, I just needed to exercise more. I’d watch what I ate (with no idea what I was watching) but only yo-yo-ed between 188 and 200, leveling out pretty much in the 195 area. I dreamed of 175 but never even sniffed at the bottom end of the 180′s.

      Until LoseIt.com. That site trained me to see what I was actually putting into my mouth. I’ve kept a daily record of both exercise and meals, snacks, whatever I eat. That discipline taught me to really know what I was eating. Beef or chicken? Chicken. Why? Because that’s what nutritionists say? No, because the caloric intake between the two has an enormous gap.

      If I’d make one recommendation, keep track of what you eat. Let that discipline teach its own lessons that you can apply to your eating decisions. You can shape what you do at home and on the road based on what you discover. You have a bigger challenge because you do travel. So I’d be interested in knowing how that works out for you.

      By the way, 174 this morning.–Tom

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I travel a lot, too. It takes a little more work on the road, but it is still limited. In the perfect world, I want to eat healthy and manage my calorie intake. But, if push comes to shove, I will opt for managing calorie intake. Even in a fast food restaurant, you can find out what is the lowest calories and go for that. Almost all restaurants have low-calorie options.

      Most better restaurants will make something healthy for you. For example, if there’s nothing on the menu, I simply ask for salad with a piece of grilled salmon or chicken. Nearly every restaurant can do that.

      Hope that helps. I am at 175.8 lbs to day. I have lost 20 lbs since the first of the year and am at my goal weight. (Actually 175 is my goal, but I bob around that number 174–176.)

  • http://twitter.com/PatrickBreck Patrick A. Breck

    My wife and I use LoseIt too. I’ve lost almost 18 pounds since the beginning of April. It has really helped me to understand and adjust my daily calorie intake.  

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      Feels good doesn’t it? LoseIt gave me boundaries I could see and live with. It takes discipline but it’s worth it.–Tom

    • Joe Lalonde

      That’s awesome Patrick! Keep it up. Thanks to LoseIt, I’ve lost 30 pounds and counting. It’s amazing to see the change!

  • http://www.jeremiahwean.com Jeremiah M. Wean

    I really liked this post.  About the same time that you wrote this I had the idea that I would write up a post about loseit as well.  Now I just send people here.  I’ve been using loseit since about the 2nd week of Jan and am down 56 pounds.  It still takes a lot of hard work, but by tracking your food really opens your eyes to serving sizes and how much food you are eating versus what you are expending.

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      Jeremiah, congratulations. That’s great. I’m down 30 pounds since late February. I live in Wisconsin but tell folks I’m back down to my Texas weight. And you’re right about the hard work. LoseIt, the bathroom scales, and the need for a new wardrobe all testify that the hard work’s been worth it. Live long and prosper. :-D –Tom

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Congratulations! I have lost a total of 20lbs myself now.

  • http://findingforwardmotion.com Tony Elam

    Great article!  I wish I could get the Lose It app, but I have Android.  I use My Fitness Pal and I like it, but Lose It, sounds more robust.  I also have been taking photos of my food and uploading them to Flickr.  I have some accountability there.  The principles of change are virtually the same at the core, no matter what it looks like on the surface.

    • Joe Lalonde

      Tony, LoseIt is coming to Android in the near future. They’re doing beta testing with a few individuals. Hopefully they’ll release the final build soon.

  • http://annebingham.wordpress.com/ Anne Bingham

    Stopping by to say Thank You, Mike. After you mentioned LoseIt.com on your blog, I took the plunge on June 24 and this week achieved my goal of losing 15 lb. Getting an upgraded pedometer (accelerometer) that measures moderate-to-intense activity has helped a lot.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      That is awesome, Anne. I’m glad it worked!

  • Blackwavetv

    I used this app 8 weeks and lost 22 pounds! yes! http://www.blackwavetv.com

  • http://dannypoyner.com Danny Poyner

    I have used LoseIt since I started trying to lose weight on May 23 of this year.  I have lost just under 61 pounds in that time.  I still have a lot to go, maybe another 60, but I’m confident that if I keep counting with LoseIt, I’ll make it.  

    It’s a great app if you’ll stick to it and be truthful about what you eat.  Thanks for the blog post, I’ve just started telling my weight loss story on my own blog.  This is my health category if you want to check out my story: http://dannypoyner.com/category/health/  More is coming, but I have to get through this paper due on Thursday first.  

  • http://www.chaplainmike.com Mike Hansen

    I use the Endomondo app on my Adroid phone, and it uploads automatically to Twitter and Facebook. Like it alot.

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  • http://rramirezr.blogspot.com Ricardo Ramirez

    I started using this Web site and app since May 1st, and have been able to loose 34 pounds.
    Really changed the way I decide what to eat, since my decisions are made more about “what I like and what I can Afford (calorie wise)” than only about “what I Like “

  • Anonymous

    This app looks amazing, but it was just too not expensive for me to give it a go. There is also no offline database associated with it so it only works if you have an internet connection..
    Thanks for such a great post..

    Calorie Counter Iphone
     

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  • Rob Sorbo

    I’ve been using this app for a few months now (on your recommendation after you mentioned it in one of your October 2011 blogs). I have lost about 15 pounds (Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays slowed my progress). I don’t exercise very much, so that weight loss is purely from controlling how I eat. I will keep using this in the new year.

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  • Judi Cunniff

    I want to change my weekly loss from 1.5 lbs. to 1 lb.  How do I do that?
     

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I think it is under the Goals section.

    • Tim

      Tap Goals, then Modify Program, then My Plan.

  • Hillary Dickman

    I used FitDay.com the first time I lost weight — that was after the birth of my first baby. It was a great tool for me. But when I was pregnant with my 2nd baby, I gained the weight back and didn’t try very hard to lose it again until this spring, seven years after baby #2 was born! This time, I read the book Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. I used his advice (eat 2 pounds of veggies per day, skip all animal products, use almost no salt) to lose weight and get healthy. I lost about 13 pounds in the first three weeks (I know that sounds dangerous but it is typical for an Eat to Live person in the early stages of the lifestyle change) and I’m down about 27 pounds now, a few pounds lower than my goal weight, actually. It’s been easy to maintain — in fact, I keep losing another 2-3 pounds/month without trying, and no tracking anything. I love it. I feel free. And, my cholesterol has dropped from 223 to 157. Pretty incredible. Dr. Fuhrman has an online community for people who need extra support, but I seemed to do okay without it — it helps that my family joined me on the journey. Last month I finally came clean and blogged about my changes. Here’s a link: http://thefriendlyhome.blogspot.com/2012/10/lifelong-struggle-over.html

    I’m so glad you’ve found something that works for you!

  • http://juliesunne.com/ Julie Sunne

    Thanks for sharing, Michael. I’m in the hunt to drop 10-15 pounds, so I’m signing up to try LoseIt as I type this. 

  • http://covenantoflove.net/ Derek Ouellette

    One of my favorite features of loseit is that you can scan the barcode of an item to get the calorie intake. Just like you, lose it motivated me to exercise

  • Me

    I started using Lose It! on December 28th and I was about 226 (male, 5’8″, sedentary mostly).  Today, January 30th I am now 209.  17 lbs in a tad over a month is pretty good.  I found the key to be finding foods that are plain enough (like veggie sushi) with a touch of flavor, that you are satisfied but don’t crave more.  However I am using  maybe 1/2 as many calories as the app is telling me to, so that’s the other half of it.  …however, very little formal exercise.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Good for you!

  • Golf1er

    Curious…. Loseit app is free.  Why when I look into the website for loseit does it have reference to ‘credit card’ info.  What exactly do you have to pay for with this app? 

    Thanks.

  • Jeff

    I’m enjoying finding these older blog posts through your Twitter feed. I suggest though that maybe you update your Amazon links as many products you endorsed have been updated.

  • http://www.YorkWhitaker.com/ York Whitaker

    I have given up on MyFitnessPal, going to give this a try. Thank you Michael!

  • http://LeanStartPad.com/ Jeff ‘SKI’ Kinsey

    Did anyone mention Lift? I tried it, then fell off, now back to using it for productivity reminders as well as health reminders. Nothing fancy, but it does chart your progress and offer kudos occasionally for hitting goals.

  • Ernie El Lansford

    I lost 90 pounds in 2012 using Loseit and Nike Run+ App. 4 miles minimum per weekday and 8 miles Saturday and Sunday. Walk 1/4 mile, jog 1/2 mile. Recorded all food intake using Loseit. Learned the value of food related to calories. I had a daily calorie budget of 1,500. I imagined I had $15.00 per day for meals causing me to examine the value of calories related to nutrition and my budget. A doughnut is 340 calories–$3.40 or 3 miles. My choice. Great app–Cheers EL

  • Mike Willis

    Michael, have you read Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes? He challenges the idea that you must burn more calories than you consume to lose weight. While it undoubtedly works for many, I don’t believe it works for everyone, and I know several people (including my wife) who struggle with this. Would love to hear your thoughts.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      No, I am afraid I haven’t. It sounds interesting.

  • Don Riddell

    Weight loss may not be the right goal. Body fat percentage and excess visceral body fat are way more important. If you get rid of excess visceral body fat you can pretty much immunize yourself from diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It’s all about inflammation! I have reduced my body fat percentage from 19.8 to 11.7 in about 12 months. I use MyFitnessPal.

  • http://spelnionamama.pl/author/bartek/ Bartek Stańczyk

    Any suggestions for similar service using metric units?

  • Peta

    An app like that makes more than just tell you how much your calorie intake is. It makes you realize how calories add up and you become more conscious of what and how much you eat. I bet the progress of people comes from the fact that once they see how much they eat, they tend to eat less because the calories you will find out you have eaten will make you feel guilty. Also, if you are kinda lazy sometimes you might just skip eating sometimes because you just don’t want to enter another food, especially if it is homemade and you have to figure out how to enter it :) So overall, you tend to eat less when tracking your food intake. For calorie sake and for laziness sake.