Metro Bariatrics - Amir Moazzez MD, FACS

Calories Are Everywhere! How Do I Keep Track Of Them?

A recent article published by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery noted that the 3 most important factors in weight loss success after bariatric surgery are:

Self-monitoring of dietary intake and weight change

Self-monitoring of dietary intake and weight change means keeping track of the foods you are eating and trends in your weight loss or gain. There are many ways to do this and technology has made it easier than ever! Thousands of diet and nutrition apps are available for smart phones and many of them are free! Here is a list of some of our favorite free apps for weight management:

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker:

by MyFitness Pal

With this app, you can adjust goals, enter caloric intake (food) and output (exercise), add to the food library and check the progress screen to see how you are doing. Very easy to use!

Calorie Counter: Diets & Activities:

by Arawella

This app lets you track calories, water, fitness, and the time each food is consumed, in addition to total fats, carbohydrates, protein, cholesterol, saturated fat, and fiber.

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker:

by CalorieCount.com

With this app, you can track food, exercise, weight, and all the nutrients listed on a Nutrition Facts label. It also includes healthy recipes, inspirational articles, and a Help section.

Sparkpeople Diet and Fitness Tracker:

This app tracks daily consumption of calories, carbohydrates, fat, and protein. You will also find meal plans customized for your goals and a weigh-in page that graphs your progress over time.

Calorie Tracker:

by Livestrong.com

This app has a large food database and is for people trying to lose, maintain, or gain weight.  Nutrition tracking includes total calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, sugar, fiber, and protein.  You can also access this information online at www.livestrong.com.

 Calorie Counter:

by MyNetDiary

This is a thorough app that tracks carbohydrates, fats, protein, calcium, trans fats, sodium, fiber, sugar, and saturated fat.  It also tracks exercises and body weight, and shows progress charts.

 

These free apps are a great way to track your weight loss progress!  There are many benefits of tracking your caloric intake and physical activity: It encourages you to focus on your food choices, provides a record you can share with your doctor or dietitian, helps you control the urge to binge, encourages mindful eating, helps you be sure you are getting enough of each food group, assists you in acknowledging the reality of how much you eat, and reinforces your commitment to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

 

References:

Sarwer DB, Dilks RJ, West-Smith L.  Dietary intake and eating behavior after bariatric surgery: Threats to weight loss maintenance and strategies for success.   Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.  2011;7:644-651.

Krieger S. Reviews: The 10 most popular, free weight-management apps.  Food & Nutrition.  2012;1(1):30.