I am still trying to get some glitches out of my android version, but iOS programming seems way beyond me… I would really like to port my app over to iOS to see if I could persuade some of my overweight/obese friends and relatives to try it out. Don’t really have any money to invest in this and would prefer if it was offered as a free app.
I have had pretty good luck with it in the past two years I have developed it (i.e. learned to program a little again after being away from it for 20 years)
As a typical aspiring diet guru, here are my before- and after- shots:
I think I discovered how to get around some glitches I had with calorie counting:
- I definitely had the wrong info as to what my BMR was likely to be. A lot of calculators said that as a 48 year old 5’9" 200 lb male I should consume 2000+ calories. 1800 is a more realistic BMR for me, but to lose about 0.5 per week I decided to eat 1800 calories and burn 500 calories a day. For a long time I set my calorie goal at 1600 and 1700 and didn’t adjust it lower as I lost weight. Also I was only burning an average of 300 calories per day… 500 is better.
- eating low glycemic index foods does help a lot but I still try to eat things like red delicious apples (seems to help my inflammation), baby carrots, an occasional banana, berries and other high potassium, high antioxidant foods.
- discovering food allergies can be tricky… with tracking I have become more sensitive to my body’s reactions to foods such as stuffed sinuses, unusual arthritis flareups, anxiety and depression… Elimination diets do seem to help
- some consistent weight training is really great… I really can’t afford a gym membership but have some simple portable equipement at home
- as you feel better you will quite likely take on more responsibilities so things will get a bit more stressful which can set you back if you use food (or alcohol) to cope.
- calorie counting is just about as much a qualitative process as a quantitative one yet a very good mind hack: