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Old 05-20-15, 11:11 AM
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Lose It App for iPhone

Iíve been using the Lose It App for the iPhone now for three weeks. Iím trying to use the -2 lbs a week calorie plan which for my height and weight is 1700 calories a day. The first two weeks I lost about six pounds. Week three and Iíve lost nothing. I canít prove it but I almost feel like Lose it give you too much credit for cycling. Has anyone else used Lose It?

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Originally Posted by Poonjabby
I can’t prove it but I almost feel like Lose it give you too much credit for cycling.
Very likely IMHO. Not wishing to go down the rabbit hole that is "estimating calories" again, but many apps grossly overestimate the amount of calories burned by cycling.
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How close to heart rate monitors come to actual calories burned?

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Originally Posted by Poonjabby
How close to heart rate monitors come to actual calories burned?

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Depends on the algorithm used to convert HR to calorie burn. What are you using?
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Originally Posted by Poonjabby
I can’t prove it but I almost feel like Lose it give you too much credit for cycling. Has anyone else used Lose It?
I use Lose It all the time! I also own a power meter, which is a fairly accurate way to measure calories burned. For me, the calorie numbers from Lose It are twice as high as what I get from the power meter. YMMV.
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Originally Posted by sstorkel
I use Lose It all the time! I also own a power meter, which is a fairly accurate way to measure calories burned. For me, the calorie numbers from Lose It are twice as high as what I get from the power meter. YMMV.
That feels about right.

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I've used Lose-it religiously for 4 months. I only use it to track my caloric intake and percentages of proteins, fat, carbs. I trakc my exercise on MapMyRun. I have figured out that whatever calories MMR says you've burned on the bike you can take about 60% of that number (at least for guys close to 300 lbs). I established by own calorie budget of 1600 calories per day and I didn't use the app to decide that for me. I don't enter my exercise in Lose it either. Just tracking food.
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I've been using LoseIt for about 4 years. I lost about 30 lbs during the first 10 months, at almost exactly the rate of my goal (1 lb/wk). However, I have found maintenance to be more difficult and was not able to stay the same weight at the calorie budget it recommended. I have found that I need to set my goal at losing 1/2 lb/week to maintain my weight. I tried following their maintenance budget and gained back about 10 lbs over a six-month span, so I've gone back to the 1 lb/week goal until I reach my target weight again -- and I'm about halfway there.

You really need to get in the habit of weighing yourself regularly for LoseIt to work. That way you can track your progress and adjust goals if necessary. Don't freak out about weight fluctuation and plateaus -- they are normal. Think of your weight like the stock market -- it doesn't move in a straight line and the trend is what's important. I have found that I gain about 2-3 lbs every weekend, no matter how much I exercise or how carefully I eat, and then my weight drops daily during the work week.
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Originally Posted by Poonjabby
I’ve been using the Lose It App for the iPhone now for three weeks. I’m trying to use the -2 lbs a week calorie plan which for my height and weight is 1700 calories a day. The first two weeks I lost about six pounds. Week three and I’ve lost nothing. I can’t prove it but I almost feel like Lose it give you too much credit for cycling. Has anyone else used Lose It?

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Keep in mind that weight loss is rarely linear. Plateaus are more the rule than the exception. When I lost my weight, I tended to have a couple of weeks when I'd lose 3-5 lbs then weeks when weight stayed constant or just bounced within in a 2-3 lb range despite monitoring daily net calories and keeping them within 100 cal of my goal.

And yes, anything short of a power meter is likely to overestimate the calories burned cycling.

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Originally Posted by Poonjabby
I’ve been using the Lose It App for the iPhone now for three weeks. [...]
If you anticipate ever getting a Garmin to track your riding (since you only have three weeks worth of data in LoseIt), you may wish to consider switching over to MyFitnessPal. The Garmin Connect app will sync with the MyFitnessPal app; apparently LoseIt will sync with Strava, though I have never done it.

In other words, when you are using a Garmin, your riding activity can be set to automatically show up in MyFitnessPal, and likewise your weight can automatically update in your Garmin app.

In terms of functionality, LoseIt is probably a little more cheerleader-like, with the badges and emails, whereas MyFitnessPal is more utilitarian.

Note that I have only used the iOS version of these apps, so I have no idea what happens on the Android side.
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I'd never tracked my calories before until I started using Lose It. I think my biggest problem was I ate like a pig.

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