Anyone else using it?
I got my first cell phone and tried several times to set it up on the phone but had issues. I finally went to their website and set it up there and it's all good now. (The issue was data that didn't "stick" when I entered it; it would revert back to default values; I think the problem was that until I had an account, I couldn't change that stuff.)
When you set up your account, it asks some basic parameters about your weight, gender, how much you want to lose, etc., and it sets up a calorie budget for you.
Then as you go through the day, you can enter your food intake and exercise and it tracks it. There's a pretty substantial database for food, and a decent one for exercise. You can enter it online on a computer, or using the phone app. One of the cool things about the phone app is that for foods that have a barcode, you can scan the code and it enters the data very quickly; all you have to do is verify serving size.
I've been doing it for a week and it's easy to follow and so far... IT WORKS. It gives me that extra attention-getter to flag food I shouldn't be eating, especially snacks at the end of the day. If I've had a light day or I've exercised a lot, I can eat that late snack, but if I'm already maxed I know I can't have that snack. So as I go through my day, I'm more conscious of my snacks and meals, knowing that they may prevent me from having a snack later on when I really want one. Funny thing is, a lot of the time I get to the end of the day and don't feel the need to eat that snack I've saved room for in my calorie allotment.
When you enter exercise, it adds calories for that to your calorie budget for the day. So if I ride hard, it gives me extra calories to eat. Again, though, I find that I don't feel compelled to eat up to my limit after a hard ride.
What I really like about this is that even though I'm trying to eat healthy-ish things, if I want to splurge and eat some crap food (like cookies or a greasy burger), I have to balance them against the rest of the food I eat during the day. So if I have that 1000-calorie burger, I can't get the milkshake, too. Or if I have a basic burger, I can have a small shake with it. Or.... if I want both, I have to ride hard to expand my budget for the day. It's a series of tradeoffs. I did these tradeoffs in my head previously, but they were as much emotional as rational. Now it's all down to the numbers, and that makes it easier for me.
Down 7 lb. so far...