I don’t claim to have the best tools out there, but I know that they are definitely working out for me! Here is some of the high tech services and products that carry me through every day.
MyFitnessPal is the app that I use to track my calories that I eat every day, and also my calorie burn. It has been instrumental in my weight loss. Every time I have been successful with weight loss in the past it has been when I was diligently writing down every thing that I eat. This app is the best, and I’ve tried them all. It has both a mobile app and a robust website for tracking. The database of foods is enormous! It’s rare that I eat something that isn’t within their database. I also love the social aspect of it where it shares your weight loss with your MyFitnessPal friends and lets you comment on each other’s activities so you can support each other. If you end up trying MFP, add me: cuppytami.
Runkeeper is the mobile app and website that I use to track my GPS activity when I go running, walking, biking, or hiking. It’s great because it quiets your music to give you updates on your speed and distance, plots a neat little route on the map, has fitness workouts, and keeps track of your personal records (PRs) over time. It’s pretty accurate in terms of the location and you can share to Twitter and Facebook if you so choose. You can add me as a friend there as well. =)
LoseIt is a message board on Reddit where a community of people have come together to lose weight together. It’s one of the most motivational places for me on the internet. It’s so helpful to see other people’s weight loss progress, read the tips and tricks from people who are going through the same thing I am, and see the support that people give each other. While Reddit has a bad rap for many other things, I can only say good things about the LoseIt subreddit. It’s been instrumental in my motivation day after day.
I use the Polar FT7 heart rate monitor in red for tracking my calorie burn during workouts. I like to be accurate and know exactly how much I am burning, and this HR monitor is sturdy and well-reviewed.
I also use the AfterShokz open-ear headphones for listening to music and running cues while working out. They keep my ears free so that I can hear my surroundings and I have no complaints with them so far.