While I eat a healthy diet, I haven’t been able to shed the last of the pounds that I’ve wanted to and I just don’t get it. Somehow I ran across this little app for my iPhone (available for other systems too) and in just two short days my eyes have been opened to what might be the problem. (other than the fact that I refuse to get off my butt and exercise, hmmm?)
I can read all I want about cortisol levels, insulin resistance, etc. but, when you actually see the numbers of what, exactly, you are eating, it is a different experience.
I work well with educating myself. I cannot just take someone’s advice and implement anything without knowing how it works or why it should be good for me. MyNetDiary shows you in real time what is going on with what you are putting into your mouth. I mean, everyone knows that too much sodium isn’t good, or too much fat, etc. Using this app shows you how much is “too much”. You really won’t believe it. Enter everything…my Trader Joe’s unsweetened, herbal peppermint tea is 6 calories. I thought tea was a freebie!
With this app (I got the pro version) you enter your weight, height, age, desired weight, your activity level and the date you’d like to reach your goal. The app calculates how many calories, fat, carbs, protein and sodium you need to eat per day to reach that goal. It also tells you how much you should expect to lose a week.
You then enter what you eat for meals and snacks, how much water you drink and any exercise you might do and it tracks how many calories you have left for the day, how many carbs you’ve eaten, fat, sodium, etc.
With each meal or recipe you enter, you can see how much of your daily allotment you have used and how much is left. You can also scan barcodes of packaged food and they’ll get the nutritional information into the program.
Today, as I was going about entering my info, the information I saw before my eyes helped me to make some better decisions. Such as, two tablespoons of peanut butter is just fine in my smoothie, instead of three. Calories saved! Maybe I only need one tablespoon of ground flax in my salad instead of two. Calories saved! Mixing my tuna into my salad might be sufficient instead of drizzling on some bottled salad dressing or my favorite high sodium hot sauce.
Last night it helped me decide that no, I did not need that vegetarian noodle Pho from the Vietnamese restaurant. A salad from Whole Foods with vegetables is just fine for tonight. I will plan differently another time so I can eat that pho with 84 carbs and 1400 mg of sodium! Maybe. Now that I know what is in some of these things, it makes me wonder if it’s really worth it. Maybe after I’ve reached my goal I will indulge more but for now, while not feeling deprived, I am just making different choices.
Then, after all is said an done, it will put the info into a report if you want to look at it and even give you some tips. Such as, me getting my hand slapped just a little bit because I didn’t eat breakfast. The app told me that I might be more successful if I make sure to have breakfast. Or, that if you eat under your daily caloric target you could be stalling weight loss. Two things that might seem counterintuitive, but very valid points, well taken, MyNetDiary.
You can also enter exercise. Bleh. I entered 100 jumps on my rebounder and burned 20 calories yesterday!
I have until June 10 to do this to reach my goal. That is a long time, it seems like, but it creeps up on you. If all goes according to plan I should be skinny minnie by then. I’ve probably overstated my goal but I still want to reach for it. I’m just glad this isn’t a talking app.
p.s. for a monthly fee I guess you can get your fitbit and things like that hooked in and there is also diabetic diet monitoring. I’m sure there is much more that I haven’t discovered. We’ll see!
p.s.s. I don’t get anything for this. Just thought I’d pass it on. If you try it, let me know what you think. If it is as eye opening as it is for me.