The Free App That Changed My Life...and Helped Me to Lose 20 Pounds

I was having dinner with a friend last week when she abruptly said, "You know, I think you've lost weight. How did you do it?" I told her the truth: after many failed attempts to lose weight, the thing that has finally worked for me is a free app.

For the last 5 months, I have been tracking every morsel of food and every calorie burned in an app called Lose It!. To date, it has helped me lose 20 pounds and finally figure out why I put on the extra weight in the last few years to begin with.

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Turns out, I am a thoughtless snacker on the weekends. I don't think I would have ever figured it out if I didn't start tracking my food so diligently.

Honestly, it's one of those things that seems annoying, but I can tell you from experience that the app makes keep tally of what I consume easy. The app allows you to scan the barcode on almost anything prepackaged, so the calories pop-in without any searching. If you're fairly regimented about certain meals, for example I eat the same breakfast nearly every day, you can "copy" previous meals from day to day.

As far as exercise, nearly every type of workout is available in five minute increments - so you can get a fairly accurate read on your calorie burn too.

With less than 10 pounds to go, I plan on continuing to use Lose It! to make sure I don't lose track of my weight again.

(Photo Credit: Lose It)

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Liz is a writer and filmmaker from Minneapolis. She was nominated for a Webby and won an Emmy for Science of Watchmen, a documentary short about the physics in the comic book movie. She’s a tech obsessive, verified nerd and total Anglophile.

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