January 23, 2017

I have spent sometime researching apps that are diet and health based ' like a food journal ' that aren't intense or focused on 'dieting' and 'exercise'. 

This has been difficult as nearly all the 'food' apps are focused on 'diets', 'losing weight' and 'exercise'. 

However I have done my research and come across LifeSum. I have just downloaded this app to my phone and am just beginning to learn and figure more out about it.

So far I am impressed. 

A. It has a lot of 'free-from' food products on the app that you can add to the food diary. So you are actually putting in the product you are eating not the 'normal' version of the food that may be different nutrition wise. Other apps don't offer this. Perfect for people with allergies.

B. There are calorie guideline for each meal but if you don't quite hit it the extra just rolls on to the next meal and as long as you are close you still get a smiley face. If you eat over the amount they recommend they just take it off the next meal. This is to try and get you to take on a steady amount of energy throughout the day, not all at once causing spikes and crashes. 

Also I don't like the fact of feeling like I haven't hit goals! So for me not 'quite' reaching the goal but getting a smiley face is telling me that it's ok I have still done well. 

C. You can add any exercise you do, it will calculate the amount burnt and add what you have used to your daily intake ( if like me you are wanting to gain.) 

D. It quizzes you when you join about your diet, what you enjoy eating and what you don't. How much you need to gain/ lose, how activate you are to calculate the intake you need. 

E. It's simple! I don't want to calorie count as that's a horrible habit to get into. But I am clueless when it comes to knowing how much is in certain foods. So here you can just look up your food, example 100g of white rice and it brings it up for you with the amount of calories but you just simply add it without having to look to closely into it or check labels in the shop causing it to always be on your mind and a bad habit. It then adds up the full meal when you have added everything you have eaten. 

F. It shows how many grams of carbs, protein and fat you need in your day and calculates at the top how many grams you have consumed per food group, so you can monitor that too. 

G. It sets your goal out into 10milestones so you aren't over faced and because I want to gain weight it sets a limit on how 'quick' I should be gaining the weight and I am guessing this will be the same if you are losing weight. So that you are doing it safely! Which is again a property others don't have.

I have like I have said only just come across this app, however it seems good and the reviews and the feedback from people who are using it are all positive. So it's worth and shot!! And I will let you know how I get on with it!! I have Grace Fit UK from YouTube to thank for this. She has been unwell over Xmas and was bed bound for 5 days, losing 10lbs. She is super upset as she is into her fitness and was 'bulking' and doing very well, hitting all her goals ready for competitions early this year but losing this weight has set her back big time so she is using LifeSum to help her. 

Anyone who is using this app or maybe uses something else please let me know !! 

Any advice on this is greatly welcomed!!! 

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