Whether dining out or dining, in the choices are plentiful and that’s what we become (plentiful) if we don’t count the calories of what we eat.
After indulging myself one too many times I took a look at Mac calorie counting apps and I started at free. That’s Calories. It’s a free tracking and goal oriented app that records what you eat, manages the calorie counting, records your weight, diet, and exercise information.
Enter whatever food and drink you’ve had for each meal and between meal snacks. Add the exercises you’ve done through the day. Enter your weight and other information. Calories tracks it all.
Calories tracks your daily nutrition and uses the USDA Food Database for Dietary Study. There’s a built-in food editor to add custom portions and ingredients. Calculation of body mass index is done in real time and has a number of attractive graphics which display your progress visually.
So, I used Calories for a week. Did I lose weight? Yes. Why? Frustration. Calories doesn’t contain fast food nutrition information and about half of what I eat comes from a menu on the wall.
My blood pressure increased while I was trying to keep data synced from my iPhone to my Mac. Sync is great when it works. Not so much when it doesn’t work.
To calm myself I began to look at other calorie counting apps on the Mac App Store and found another version of Calories, but this one with a hefty price tag. This one has a much arger database of foods, more graphs, milestone options, and much more.
Using Calories to lose weight is easy. If I keep buying calorie tracking apps I won’t have money to get three meals a day.