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Wellness App Review: Lose It!

The Lose it!app is a tool that is designed to help individuals reach their weight loss goals.  It helps users set a daily calorie budget, track food and exercise, make smart choices and stay motivated to achieve their goal.  Lose It! is available on Android, iOS, Nook, Kindle, and the Web.

One of the best aspects of the app is the food tracking feature.  Food logging is known to be an effective way to improve nutrition and lose weight.  This app makes it simple to log your meals and see how many calories you are consuming each day.  All you need to do is search for your foods using the food database and select your serving size.  You can save your favorite meals in the app to make it even easier the next time you need to log the same meal. There is also a food scanner tool that allows you to scan the barcodes of food items instead of having to search for them.

Another great feature of the app is the visual bar graph that shows your daily calorie budget and how close you are to meeting your daily goal.  If you go over your goal, the graph clearly highlights how many calories you went over budget.  You can also check your weekly calorie consumption to see if you need to cut back or if you have a few extra calories to treat yourself. Other motivational features of the app include badges and the ability to connect with family and friends that use the app.

The basic version of the app is free.  There is also the option to add premium features for an added fee of $39.99.  Premium features include integration with many popular health and fitness devices and apps available such as wireless scales, pedometers, and workout apps. The app will automatically adjust your calorie budget based on activity data from wireless devices such as the FitBit and Nike FuelBand.  If you have a Withings scale at home, your weight entries can be automatically synched with the app so that you can monitor your weight progress over time. Some of the other premium features that are available include special tracking tools for meal planning and exercise planning, wellness competitions, and group forums.

If you’re a Health Advocate member with access to the Wellness Coaching program, reach out to your Wellness Coach for assistance with finding the right wellness app for you!