Developer: FitNow, Inc.
Price: free
Version Reviewed: 1.1

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★★
User Interface Rating: ★★★★★

Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★★

Overall Rating: ★★★★★

To successfully achieve nutrition and weight goals it is generally necessary to pay close attention to the foods you are putting into your body and how often you make yourself move. So for everyone who may be bored to death by the idea of actually recording their calories and exercise, Lose It offers an elegant, if not a tad geeky, tool to make it less tedious.

Upon launch you enter your vitals such as age, current weight and gender and set goals. Lose It then calculates a daily calorie budget based on this information; the hard work of diet and exercise then ensues. Within Lose It you keep a daily food journal, recording your meals from its built in food database, brand name foods and some included chain restaurant menu items. The app also has the ability for you to create custom food items and record their corresponding nutritional information if what you eat is not already in the program. You can subtract calories from your daily total by performing and recording exercise.

From within the preference pane, entitled ‘More’, you can change the nutrients you wish to track, such as sodium, fiber and protein; Lose It totals these daily and weekly for you. Here you can also enter entire recipes as well as custom exercises. Other niceties include weight entry and graphical progress.

I did find myself entering most of my foods and their nutritional information into the ‘custom foods’ database only because the nutritional information for the included database is not able to be altered. Or maybe I just eat weird stuff. In either case this was the only aspect of using Lose It that I found to be difficult or lacking.

Having tried a vast array of iPhone diet and nutrition apps, I can highly recommend Lose It for anyone serious about their nutritional goals. It’s hardly a risk at the current price.

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