Not going to lie, IIFYM was a massive fail for me. It was just too much effort to log all of my foods and the work out what I could or couldn’t have to fit my macros. I lasted all of a few days and then went back to eating whatever I wanted.
A couple of days ago I saw a post from a friend on Facebook raving about an app he was using and how quickly he had lost weight with it so I thought “You know what, I’ll give it a go!”.
I downloaded Lose It! to my phone and started tracking my food. For those of you familiar with MyFitnessPal it works in the same way – tracking meals and snack, as well as being able to manually add exercise. The difference with Lose It!??? It breaks down your calorie allowance into the designated meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. If you go over your allowance on one meal it will reduce the calorie allowance for your other meals, if you are under on your allowance it will add these calories to your remaining meals #winning! Also, you have a weekly calorie allowance made up of your daily allowance and this works in the same way as your daily meals – go over one day, reduce another day. This makes it super easy to save calories through the week to have a treat at the weekend (or whenever you chose to have it).
The app uses manual and barcode entry for the foods you eat and if you need to add food that aren’t on the app it takes seconds.
This is my go to app now to help in my weight loss mission! The basic app is free, give it a go it you need some visuals to keep you on track.