Lose It!

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Personal Fitness Apps: Lose It!
Joel Kirkpatrick
April 16, 2013

Personal fitness has become a mainstream issue over the last few years. In years past, most Americans paid little attention to what they ate or how much they exercised. This led to Americans being some of the unhealthiest people in the world. With the recent proliferation of mobile smart devices into everyone pocket, keeping track of eating habits and exercise has become easier than ever. There are many apps out there that help to keep focus on personal fitness. Slimkicker Calorie Counter, for instance, tracks your daily food intake and organizes competitions and rewards to compete against friends to help keep you motivated. Meal Snap allows you to take a picture of what your about to eat and it will scan your picture and attempt to tell you how many calories your about to consume. Lose It! on the other hand may seem simpler by comparison to some of the other options, however it is the most robust in keeping track of total personal fitness need. Lose It! at its core is a calorie and exercise tracker. Upon first installation of the app onto a smartphone creation of an account is needed. This allows access the huge database of food and exercises already calculated. Next, height, weight, age, goal weight, and how fast to lose weight (max 2 lbs per week) are asked for to calculate the daily allowed caloric intake to reach the specified goal weight. At this point its all up to the user. The main tab is the daily tracker that shows what has been consumed with calorie counts, how much exercise has been performed, daily caloric maximum, and how many budgeted calories are left for the day. Obviously eating food will lower the amount of calories left, while exercise will increase the number of calories left for the day. The food logs are fantastic and come with an extensive database of both restraint and supermarket foods that are easily searchable. Food not already in the...
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