Marissa Higgins
October 02, 2016 4:46 pm
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When it comes to working on our health and fitness in general, many of us choose to log our calories. Like, if we’re going to throw ourselves down a steep hill toward heart disease by eating 18 pieces of bacon at brunch (uh, not that we would know personally or anything), we can at least be accountable for it. A health app called Lose It! aims to make it even easier to count calories. How, exactly? The idea behind the latest version of the Lose It! app (which has been a go-to food tracking app for a while) lets you upload pictures of your food, thereby speeding up the process of tracking the calories and nutritional information in what you’re eating. This makes sense given that SO many us take pictures of our food anyway, so why not kill two birds with one stone?

Of course, with the Lose It! app, you do still need to enter in some information manually, such as which kind of oil you used in your meal preparation, or what kind of shredded cheese is on top of your nachos. Depending on how strictly you monitor your calories and other nutritional information, these things may have a big sway in your outcomes for the day. But if you’re not super strict about it, you still get a nice ballpark just from the basic function of the app. The app also “remembers” your meals, which is great if you tend to return to the same recipes, or have left-overs for lunch and so on. The app is free to download on iTunes.

Of course, as with all things related to dieting, it’s important to remember that no one needs to use an app like this if they don’t want to. It’s great to have choices, but you should never feel like you are obligated to track your calories or evaluate your meal or snack based on calories or other nutritional information. Some of us just get insanely and weirdly happy from being obsessively organized. And also taking pictures of our food. So sue us.

In a world where it can feel like women are always being told how to diet and what our bodies should look like, some people choose to stay far away from calorie counting, and that is OK! It’s important to embrace yourself, including your body, no matter what society tells you. But if these kinds of apps are your jam, this is an especially fun one now.

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