I recently started using this Lifesum app for tracking. Like I said in an earlier post, this is the time of year that I need something like that. Badly. I was using My Fitness Pal for a while, but honestly, I can’t stand the app. It’s boring and clinical, and I just can’t get excited about it. Sorry MFP.
So I downloaded Lifesum. There are a ton of great features on it. Plus, it’s bright happy colors, which is something I get REALLY excited about!
When you first go into it, it has a little wheel on top that shows how much you’ve eaten, burned, and what you have left. My intake is around 1800. When I punched in my age/weight/height and so one, I wasn’t expecting something so high. A lot of the time apps like this will give me 1400 calories. MFP did, I had manually change it to 1800. The fact that this one already put me at the 1800 I’ve been doing for a year now, makes me feel pretty optimistic.
One of my favorite features is that it gives you a recommended amount you should be eating for each meal. It gives you a calories range to hit for each meal. I’m a big planner. When I’m actually doing it, I like to break down my meals so I know what to hit (on average) for each meal. This kind of helps me stay on track with that.
BUT, if you’ve gone under or you’ve done exercise it’ll go ahead and remind you that you can eat more. That you should eat more to reach that goal for whatever meal it was. The app bases it on how much you’d like to lose a week. Mine is set for around 1.3 pounds a week. It’ll change my intakes based on that. Rather than “oh hey, you just lost 3 pounds this week KUDOS” it tries to keep you on track to only losing a certain amount of weight.
Now, of course, I’m not actually sure if that’s what it’s doing…but it seemed to make sense to me. So that is simply my assumption.
Anyways, originally for breakfast I plugged something in, and it’s remind me that “hey, that better not be all you’re eating!” So I finished plugging in the rest of my breakfast, and it then reminded me I was only 40-something under. With a nice little “GREAT JOB!” on it. But then I exercised, and it quickly went to bitch me out. Like “HEY, you’re now 196 under. EAT SOMETHING”
So, after eating and exercising, it’ll remind me that I still need to eat more if I want to stay on track to the 1.3 pounds per week. Which is pretty nifty. There are trackers for water intake as well. You can even take a little test in there to see which “diet” would suit your desires/needs. That one was a little iffy for me. Originally it recommended a 5:2 (eat 5 days:fast 2) which I’m 100% NOT for. So I just cancelled out the “diet plan.”
But there are some things I wish I could change on it. Some of the calorie amounts are off. A LOT.
For example…Hellman’s Lite Mayo – jar says 35 per TBS… Lifesum says 95 per TBS
BUT if you use the barcode scanner, they’re dead on for the ones I’ve tried.
It’d take more planning for me throughout the day (especially if I’m bringing my lunch to work with me).
I also like to track my measurements, this app allows me to track my waist. But anything above that, I need to pay for the premium. Which are on monthly amounts. Realistically, 6.99 a month isn’t bad. But I’m not going to pay for something I can do for free (you feel me?). So I actually have a separate app for that.
All-in-all it’s been working for me. I’ve only been using it since last month, so I’m sure I’ll find more things I like/dislike. But this is pretty much my first impressions of the app. We’ll see how that goes, I might do an update post one I get the hang of it more.
Disclaimer: These thoughts are all my own. I am not being paid to give my opinion. Hell, Lifesum didn’t even ask… I just did it. So there.