http://www.loseit.com (For non-iPhone/iPod Touch users)
About two years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to an iPhone/iPod Touch application (also available for usage as a web site for those without an iPhone, see the address above) called "Lose It!" which helped him count his daily calories on his way to losing about 40 lbs over the course of several months. The app, which is FREE, by the way, helps users enter everything they eat each day into a simple system which tracks both the nutritional and caloric content of each food item, then stores the information in the app to track the daily, weekly and monthly averages.
The program is designed to help users determine a caloric limit based on their gender, age, height and weight (basically the BMI scale), which in turn provide a basic metabolic rate (BMR). The Lose It formula gives each user the option, whether they want to set up their caloric limit to maintain their weight, or lose anywhere from 1/2 pound to 2 pounds per week. The formula then determines how much of a caloric deficit each user need to run per day to lose however much the user specifies. The caloric limit will adjust based on weigh-in figures, which will lower or raise the caloric limit according to the weight trend. Users can also enter any variety of exercises they might do, which will be figured into each daily log.
I've had several friends do very well using this application, the one I mentioned earlier used this program exclusively and lost about 40-50 lbs, and another good friend of mine has been using the program for about 4-5 weeks and has lost nearly 20 lbs.
It's been helpful for me too, and I'll post some updates about how things come along as I continue to use the program. Laurelin decided to start an account too, to track her food intake (though she needs far less help than I do!).
If you create an account, feel free to add me as a "friend" by searching using my name or email, ddnesbitt (at) gmail.com.
Check it out!
- Dan -