Total Score: 29
Want to lose weight? Log your food with Lose It. It works – all the time. There are a several top apps to log food, Lose It is one of the best. Once you have a clear idea of what you are eating, you’ll naturally adjust, limit, and then change as needed. It is colorful, easy to use, and has a few social aspects that may help you come back often. Give it a try to see what you think.
Update: Lose it has upped their game by adding Apple Watch functionality to the app. For you Watch users, you can add a complication to your watch face that gives you an indicator of how you are doing each day. You’ll see a number (the number of calories you have left in the day) and an up or down arrow. Up means you are over your mark, down means you have some room for that snack. It made this app worth another try.
Price Rating = 5 Free. This app does have premium features for more cost, but the free version has extensive functionality.
Ease of Use Rating = 5 Easy to add foods. I tested using the iPhone version and found that I preferred it to iPad, although both work well.
Readability Rating = 5 I am a big fan of white backgrounds and plenty of white space. This app delivers.
Will You Use It Rating = 5 As a tool to help you keep up a healthy life, you’ll find this app delivers helpful information. It also pulls exercise information from my Misft Shine, so that’s another perk. Now it delivers seamlessly to the Apple Watch.
Downsides Rating = 0 I didn’t deduct for it, but I find MyFitnessPal has a better database of foods.
Consumer Review Rating = 4 It says something when over 359,000 people rate an app. It has been around for a number of years and still maintains high popularity.
Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5 Keeping a journal of what you eat can help you whether your goal is weight loss or just good health. Nutrition information is a valuable tool for maintaining good health.
How does it work?
- When you download the app you create a user id and then you can sign on to multiple devices or online.
- The MY DAY tab (at the bottom of the screen) shows you how you are doing for the day, and graphically, for the week. You will see a dial like icon that shows you how many calories you have eaten and how that measures up to your budget.
- The LOG tab is where you enter your meals. It is as simple as tapping the plus sign beside each meal to either select something you have had recently or search the database for the food. You can also scan the item by tapping the scan icon. Once you select your item it will open up a screen that allows you to select the serving size. You will also see the carbs, fiber, sugars and protein in the item. Once you have looked this over and adjusted as needed, tap add. That’s all it takes. You continue to do this throughout the day.
- On the SOCIAL tab you have several options. The first tab (at the top of the screen) shows you your activity. SInce I have a Misfit Shine, the Shine calorie bonus shows up. Also any badges I earned through Lose It. The Messages tab would be where you find messages from your friends. You can also add friends from this screen.
- The FRIENDS tab, is where you see your list of friends.
- The GROUPS tab lists groups you can join. Joining these groups allows you to see messages from other people and to get some encouragement from others.
- The GOALS tab is where you enter your weight and set goals. It is a premium feature to set more than one goal.
- The ME tab is where information about you is displayed. You can add your photo if you wish. There are tabs in the middle of the screen that have the following features.
- Badges – a graphic summary of the badges you’ve earned.
- Insights – you can email daily or weekly reports from this spot. If you want more insights you’ll need to upgrade to premium.
- Foods – you can see the foods you routinely eat, any custom foods or recipes you have created and set values for nutrients.
- Exercises – similar to foods you see a list of the exercises you have logged or custom exercise you have created
- More – on this tab you can set application preferences, connect the app to various apps, set step tracking, create reminders, set privacy and look at your profile.
I like the user interface and opportunity to engage with others through challenges. I used this app for about 20 days and had no complaints. Having said that, I went back to MyFitnessPal. One reason is that MyFitnessPal transfers my food info over to the MisFit Shine. On the other hand, Lose It brings the Shine calorie bonus over. Lose It also has more opportunities for social interaction. The tipping point for me is that MyFitnessPal has more nutritional information available. Have you tried both? If so, why did you choose one over the other.
Devices: This app is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 6.0 or later. It is optimized for iPhone 5. It was developed by FitNow, Inc.