Fitness apps are an incredible way to track what you eat when you eat it. They're also phenomenal at marking the progress of your workouts. However, not all apps work for all people. Instead of getting caught up in using the "cool" apps that don't do anything for you, find one that works best with your goals.
Things to look for
Food Barcode Scanner
Entering food is an arduous task -- one that often turns people away before they ever get started. With a scanner that runs through your phone's camera, you can immediately enter what you're having when you have it. Because of this, it helps train you away from eating out since fast food and sit down meals lack barcodes.
Adjustable Macro Goals
It's true that when you start the only number you want to concern yourself with is your total daily calories. That being said, you also want an app that will progress with you as you become more invested. Apps that don't allow for macro changes will eventually have to be switched out for apps that do, meaning losing all of the data you've collected about yourself thus far.
Even if it's just weight progress, knowing if you're succeeding is essential, and a quick look at a graph relays this information immediately. Ideally, you'll want progress charts that will track the data as far back as you've been recording your information so that you can see your overall progress and not just snapshots of a tiny moment in time.
Things to watch out for
Additional Calories After Working Out
This is a bad, bad habit among apps out on the market today. They tack on the calories you burned working out to your daily total calories, giving you a much larger daily total to eat. However, this logic is severely flawed. You work out to lose weight by burning calories. If you then eat all those calories you just burned, you won't lose any weight. In addition, their calorie burn estimations for the exercises are severely flawed. My advice is to find a completely different app to track your workouts in.
I know all fitness apps have their own blogs, however, you want a fitness app where the blog is hidden. Instead of being a source of inspiration, these blogs tend to be nothing but a laundry list of people complaining and/or trying to rouse pity. These negative voices will only encourage your own negativity to weigh you down. Be proactive and avoid fitness app blogs altogether.
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