Using Food Tracker Apps to Help with Weight Loss

          Nowadays everyone seems to have some sort of smart phone, so the tools for weight loss are at your fingertips.  Food tracking apps are great because they are easy to use, easily uploaded to your technology, and allow you to track what you’ve eaten and your physical activity.  Plus, studies have found […]

 

Nutrition tracker apps can be a useful tool for weight loss

Nutrition tracker apps can be a useful tool for weight loss

 

      Nowadays everyone seems to have some sort of smart phone, so the tools for weight loss are at your fingertips.  Food tracking apps are great because they are easy to use, easily uploaded to your technology, and allow you to track what you’ve eaten and your physical activity.  Plus, studies have found dieters who use apps are more successful than those who don’t.  There are a multitude of FREE food tracking apps out there, but which ones are the best?  The following is a review of a few of the free apps available. 

SPARK PEOPLE:  Provides a full weekly menu and access to a companion site that offers menus with grocery lists, workout videos and message boards which make it easy to share tips and find social support.  This app also has a GPS tracker so you can use it for walks and runs.  Unfortunately, this site tends to have many glitches.

MY PLATE BY LIVESTRONG:  Has a data base of over 625,000 foods and 1,500 exercises.  You can also write in an online food diary, get nutrition charts and graphs, find daily motivational tips and social support, and you can even export and print out your data to bring to the doctor.

LOSE IT:  Allows you to scan barcodes of food for easy logging.  You can set up weight loss goals and fitness challenges for yourself, share food, recipes, and progress with your friends, and link the account with other devices such as pedometers and scales.  You can get a weekly report to print or share with others.

MYFITNESSPAL:  This one happens to be my favorite and the one I recommend to all my clients.  This app has the largest food data base of any of the apps out there.  What I personally love about it is if you cook, it has the recipes from certain magazines already in the data base (Cooking Light recipes are in there!).  It also allows you to use social networking for motivation, scan bar codes, and has charts and graphs to track progress.  Another thing I like about it is when you complete your entry for the day it tells you, “if every day were like today, you would weight X lbs. in 5 weeks”.   It also remembers the foods you regularly eat and let’s your create recipes which you can share with your friends.

 

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Sophie Pratola
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Pros and Cons of Milk Alternatives (Soy, Almond, Coconut, Oat, and Rice Milks)

These days there are many milk options.  Traditional cow’s milk has had its share of controversy, but what about the other milk alternatives available on the market? How do you know which is the best?  Honestly, it usually comes down to a matter of personal preference, but the following is a guideline for some of […]

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These days there are many milk options.  Traditional cow’s milk has had its share of controversy, but what about the other milk alternatives available on the market? How do you know which is the best?  Honestly, it usually comes down to a matter of personal preference, but the following is a guideline for some of the pros and cons for milk alternatives.  Because cow’s milk is so disputed it will be left off the list.  I will say this about cow’s milk though, children under the age of 2 definitely should be drinking it, and it’s a great source of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals (except Iron) all in one conveniently packaged item.  With that being said let’s look at what else is out there:

Soy Milk:

Pros:

-high in protein

-least processed of all milk alternatives

-low cost/easy to find

-good in coffee drinks, smoothies, yogurts and ice cream

Cons:

-soy is a common milk allergy

-soy crops are usually contaminated (chose organic)

-adverse effects of too much soy for some women and people with thyroid issues

-texture issues

-some people don’t like the flavor

Almond Milk:

Pros:

-people like flavor/texture

-good source of Vitamin E and magnesium

-low in fat

-less sugar than cow’s or soy milk

-good to bake with

Cons:

-low in protein

-contains added preservatives and thickeners

-not good for those with nut allergies

-can be more expensive/harder to find

Coconut Milk: (common in the paleo diet)

Pros:

-low in carbs, cholesterol and sodium

-creamy texture

-contains healthy fats

-high in B12

-high in medium chain triglycerides and saturated fats which are easily burned as fuel

Cons:

-high in saturated fat

-can solidify or separate

-if canned the chemical composition of coconut milk is ideal for leaching BPA (a known carcinogen) from the can

-contains additives (go organic)

-expensive/hard to find

-flavor may be overwhelming

-can be difficult to digest

Oat Milk: (newer to the market)

Pros:

-cholesterol free

-good source of vitamin E and folic acid

-oats have countless health benefits

Cons:

-high in sugar

-doesn’t contain much protein or fiber

-thin texture (contains thickeners)

-not good for people with gluten allergies

-oats are grown with lots of pesticides so chose organic

-hard to find and probably expensive

Rice Milk:

Pros:

-low in fat and calories

-decent flavor

-easy to make at home

-inexpensive

Cons:

-lacks vital nutrients such as protein, vitamin A, and fats

-grown in pesticide rich environments so go organic although you still may have issues with arsenic

-high in sugar

-thickeners, oils and other additives affect the texture and taste.

 

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Sophie Pratola
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