Friday, January 25, 2013

A helpful little tool...

Hi all, Q/Laureate04 here!  This is my first official post over here at the Skinny Girl blog...although I've been following and commenting since we started again after New Year's...I've got a little tip for you!

So if you're like me, you're trying this diet thing on your own - no programs, no food deliveries, no official weigh ins - and sometimes things can be a bit tough.

You're getting ready to have a snack (because, let's face it, sometimes you just need a little something...and they say that smaller/grazing type meals are better for you anyway...) and you're not sure which is better...or you want to start counting calories (this, along with portion size is my own diet plan...) but you have absolutely no idea how many calories that chicken breast you're having for dinner is.  I mean, it's easy when you open the loaf of bread to make a sandwich to check out the nutrition facts, but a head of lettuce doesn't have a calories or nutrition list. 

I've found a great tool that has been super useful in this endeavor.  It's also helped me figure out what to order the few times I've been out to eat since I really started paying attention.  

I use  It's a fully customizable food and diet page.  It has a food log where you can log everything you eat (which goes with UAB's suggestion of writing everything down that she shared in a previous post).  It also has an activity log so you can fairly accurately estimate the number of calories burned both by working out and in a general day.  There are forums if you have questions for others, a cookbook to store favorite healthy recipes (and you can search others' recipes as well), there are groups you can join and also challenges that you can set up or post.  I've gotten some great ideas for challenges - both short and long term - from others who have posted. 

The biggest advantage I've found with this website is the app for my phone as well.  I can log food no matter where I am.  I can also search restaurants and other foods while I'm out so I can compare and make smart decisions.  You can set your preferences to the number of calories that you want to stay under or other parameters and it will show you when you're getting close.  

Check it out and see what you think.  Great tool, easy to use...oh, and the best part?  Totally free!! 


  1. I've been looking for a good app to use. I'm definitely going to give this one a try. I need the all in one; calorie counter, restaurant tracker, etc. There's this app that uses your phone to count your steps. When I find the name I'll get back to you with it :)

  2. Awesome. This one works great and has tons of store brands of foods built in too. My sync isn't working correctly right now but normally you can sync your phone to the website too and work from both. I'm going to input stuff over on the website (so I don't lose it) and then uninstall and reinstall the app. It also has a weight tracker - so that's cool cause it'll graph where you started and where you are and it'll even tell you how many pounds til your goal and all that.

  3. Thank Q! I'm definitely going to check this out! I'm actually planning a post on several more apps that I use that are very useful.

  4. I'm not an app kind of girl, but someone else suggested this too. I'll try to check it out see how it goes.

  5. A great app to use is LOSE IT! It has everything :)

  6. I just found a really good website/app as well besides lose it..

    LOVE IT!