Weight Loss Archive

MyFitnessPal HD for iPad Gets A Beautiful Update

I have been quite public about my weight loss over the past 4 years.  After reaching a morbidly obese 275 lbs in 2010, I’m now a work in progress at 185 lbs.  Yes, I’m half the man I use to be. :-)

Part of that loss of 90 lbs has been through diet and exercise changes that I have religiously used MyFitnessPal to track almost since the beginning.  I’ve tried others out there but keep coming back to this app and service for its massive food database and simple, easy-to-use interface.  That interface for MyFitnessPal HD, the version for iPad, has just been updated with an all new look and feel that is similar to the iPhone version that has been out for a few weeks.  It adopts many of the menu and stylings that you have come to expect in iOS 7 enabled apps but they have done a fantastic job of taking full advantage of the larger iPad canvas with this update.  Whether you are looking at your daily food diary or your nutritional charts for the week, it all looks beautiful in MyFitnessPal HD.

MyFitnessPal HD – Free – Download Now

Lose It! App Now A Universal App With Latest Update

One of the best and oldest weight loss and health management applications available in the App Store has been Lose It! from FitNow.  It was the first app that I used when I began my quest to lose nearly 80 pounds four years ago (and I’ve kept it off thank you very much) and one that I highly recommend.  Today the Lose It! app got a significant update that brings a massive amount of improvements and changes to the app.

Here are the Release Notes that cover in detail all the changes.

1) iOS7
We’ve overhauled the user experience to bring the best in Lose It! to iOS7. This starts with a lighter, cleaner look and feel,

Lose It! for iOS

Lose It! for iOS

but extends throughout the experience of using Lose It!. Users on iOS 6.x and earlier will continue to have the traditional Lose It! experience until they upgrade their devices to iOS7.

2) iPad Support
Lose It! is now a universal application with a first class experience on the iPad. Lose It! on the iPad includes every feature from Lose It! that you know and love with a full screen, dedicated iPad experience. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here and we’re thrilled!

3) iPhone 5s Step Bonus (Premium Only)
For our users with an iPhone 5s, Lose It! helps you set a daily personalized steps goal, tracks your progress towards that goal, and gives you bonus calories when you are active enough. You can see your progress towards your step bonus on the My Day screen as well in the Log view.

4) Improved Goals
We’ve improved our Goals view to make it even easier for you to know where you stand. This includes the ability to view your goal chart over different time intervals, as well as a newly improved presentation of your current status and how close you are to achieving your goal.

5) Notes (Premium Only)
Add notes to your daily log to help you keep track of information and context about the day. Want to note your mood, important event, or breakthrough for a specific day. Just write a note and we’ll keep it in your log for posterity!

6) Life Fitness Support
We’ve added the ability to connect Lose It! directly to the next generation of Life Fitness equipment (The Life Fitness discovery series of treadmills, elliptical machines, and bikes). Simply plug in your iPhone or iPad when you start your workout, and Lose It! will keep track of your calories burned, show you the day’s overall budget, and even automatically log your workout when you’re finished.

7) As always, we’ve made the Lose It! you know and love better by fixing a handful of issues and fine tuning a number of other things.

Lose It! is a free app and available now in the App Store.  Registration with Lose It! is required (also free) and you can sign up for an annual Premium account which brings new features for $39.99 a year through in-app purchase.

Lose It! (Universal App) – Free (In-App Purchases) – Download Now

MyFitnessPal Update Brings All New iOS 7 Look & Feel

MyFitnessPal has updated their iPhone app to bring an all new look & feel to the popular diet and exercise tracking app.  The app, which is free, sports an new-for-iOS 7 look and feel with a flatter design, side contextual menus and lower menu options bar – all of which have quickly become the standard design for an iOS 7 ready app.  The MyFitnessPal update also brings a raft of updates and improvements.

The biggest improvement to the app is the faster access to features such as bar code scanning and multiple item adding

MyFitnessPal for iPhone

MyFitnessPal for iPhone

on a meal.  These are far simpler and easier in this new version.  The update also brings several new languages to the app – notably Danish, Dutch, Italian, Russian and Swedish – and the ability to drag-and-drop items from one meal to another.  Overall the updates make it easier and faster to update your daily diet items and exercise than the previous version.

MyFitnessPal is a free app and a free service.  As has been documented several times here in AlliOSNews, MyFitnessPal has been instrumental in helping me personally lose over 90 lbs. over the course of the last 3 years and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

One note on the update:  It is the iPhone version only.  MyFitnessPal HD for iPad as of the time of this post has not been updated.

MyFitnessPal for iPhone – Free – Download Now

The Fitbit Ultra: Tough as Nails

About a year ago I purchased my first Fitbit.  I had already lost some 70 pounds in weight over the course of the previous two years but I was keen on tracking my actual activity on a day-by-day basis.  After hearing the success a couple of good friends had with the Fitbit Ultra – Judie and Rob – I decided to get one.  I haven’t regretted it since.

Hardly a day has gone by since last September where my Fitbit Ultra was not on my person and most nights you will find it strapped to my wrist to monitor my sleep (yes, my wife thinks is super sexy).  It has helped me track some amazing

My Well Used Fitbit Ultra

My Well Used Fitbit Ultra


  • 2.755 million steps
  • 9,577 flights of stairs
  • 1,308.33 miles of walking/running

You can few all my stats on my Fitbit profile page.

As you can imagine though my FitBit Ultra has gone through a lot of abuse.  It’s been dropped, washed, stepped on, the list goes on.  Yet with the exception of the casing starting to crack, it’s still ticking right along.  Now I know Fitbit doesn’t warranty the Ultra on such things, particularly washing them but it is a testament to how well they have built these little devices.

If you are looking for a step tracking and overall health tracking device and application, I can’t encourage you enough to look at Fitbit.  Through it you can track all of your physical activity and can easily tie services like LoseIt or MyFitnessPal to track your diet and your activity.

The newer devices such as the Fitbit Flex is wearable all the time and uses Bluetooth to synchronise continually with the Fitbit app on your iPhone, something my Ultra can’t do unfortunately.  This makes keep track of your calorie burn in real time far easier than it has been in the past.

Check out fitbit.com for more information.



BodyWise allows you go deeper into your health & fitness tracking

Australian-based founders Michael Halligan and David Banks today is proud to introduce BodyWise, a brand new health and fitness tracking iPhone app that is unlike any other on the market, allowing you to learn more about your body and fitness. It beautifully and simply allows you to track over 40 different areas of your health and fitness from the things we often ignore like water or alcohol intake, to your favorites such as a calories, weight or even waist measurements.

* By far the widest array of health & fitness metrics of any app on the App Store (44 at time of launch)

BodyWise User Interface is Clean & Simple

BodyWise User Interface is Clean & Simple

* Track your own things to cut back on with our ‘Cutting back on tracking’ * nominate guilty pleasures to track (i.e. chocolate)
* One touch access to enter new results or graph your progress
* Set goals to build towards
* Share your progress over Facebook or Twitter

When creating BodyWise, Australian-based founders Michael Halligan (a marketer and an avid runner) and David Banks (personal trainer and wellbeing expert) wanted to build an app that tracked areas of your wellbeing that other apps neglected.

“We see some apps just tracking whether or not you completed a goal. BodyWise is an app for the ‘quantified-self’ movement. The numbers around your health and fitness tell a story and BodyWise lets you track those numbers to show progress, motivate you and keep you accountable” says Banks. “In short, BodyWise helps you to see a more complete picture of your exercise, sleep habits, mood and nutrition – and ultimately, improve your health & fitness over time.”

BodyWise compliments your nutritional app or your Nike Fuelband/Fitbit/UP wristband, giving meaning to your performance. The Tim Ferriss best-selling book ‘The 4-Hour Body’ was the inspiration for creating BodyWise “Ferriss presents over 50 tips to improve your health & fitness. Nothing out there let us track even a fifth of what we wanted to work on, so we built it ourselves” says Halligan.

Fortunately, any of the 44 measurable areas of your health that you don’t wish to focus on will be hidden from view, creating a clean, uncluttered interface to keep you on track on your own personalized health plan.

BodyWise: Health & Fitness Tracker 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category.

BodyWise: Health & Fitness Tracker – Free – Download Now

MyFitnessPal HD Update Brings Updates to Mirror the iPhone Version

MyFitnessPal HD for iPad has received an update today that brings the larger format version of the popular calorie tracking and weight management app on par with its smaller iPhone/iPod Touch version.  MyFitnessPal is the app that both I and Tricia (as well as our respective spouses) use for weight management, diet tracking, exercise tracking and everything related to our health.  It is the app that has helped me lose nearly 80 pounds over the past three years and keep it off.

The update has an extensive list of improvements and updates, most of which have been in the iPhone version but were not ported over to the HD version until now.  Now you get all the latest features from the app as well as getting to use

MyFitnessPal HD for iPad

MyFitnessPal HD for iPad

their fantastic native iPad UI.

  • Sign up and log in with Facebook
  • Add and invite friends from your Facebook contacts
  • Add and invite friends from your iPad Contact List
  • Connect to your favorite apps and devices like FitBit, Withings, Endomondo, Runtastic and more through our App Gallery
  • Type-ahead food filtering
  • Repeat Last Meal
  • Default to Multi-Add for diary entries
  • Enable passcode lock protection if desired

MyFitnessPal is one of the best apps when it comes to linking to other services or exercise devices.  In my case, my daily steps and exercise from my FitBit are automatically synchronised with MyFitnessPal to both track it as well as give me calories back as I burn them.  There is a long list of apps that will synchronise with the service, all of which can be found here.

The MyFitnessPal HD app is free but does require a MyFitnessPal account which is also free.  Once you have the app installed on your iPad or iPad Mini, you can have it search Facebook for friends to follow and share diet successes.

MyFitnessPal HD – Free – Download Now

MyFitnessPal update brings easier friend finding on Facebook and your contacts

MyFitnessPal has updated their calorie tracking and weight loss app for iPhone and iPad that brings easier finding of friends who use the service.  The update allows you to search your contacts and your Facebook contacts for friends who use MyFitnessPal and you can with a single button request to be their friend.  It is proven that people who diet or modify MyFitnessPal sharingtheir eating habits together are more successful and MyFitnessPal is trying to make it easy to encourage friends, family or get encouragement yourself as you work on your new lifestyle.

Take it from a guy who lost nearly 80 lbs – MyFitnessPal works and friends working towards the same goal makes a difference.

MyFitnessPal is a free app and is a free service (registration required) and the app is a universal app for iPhone and iPad.

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal (Universal App) – Free – Download Now

New Year Resolution to Lose Weight? Check Out MyFitnessPal HD for iPad

2012.  A new year and a fresh start.  Many of us will resolve to do many things in the new year with the vast majority of us wanting to lose weight and have a better exercise regiment.  Fortunately there are a lot of apps in the App Store to help you keep track of your calories and food intake as well as your exercise.  One of my favorites is MyFitnessPal, a comprehensive app that ties into the MyFitnessPal.com website.  MyFitnessPal is a free service that allows you to track your diet and exercise, set goals and share your results with friends and others on Facebook and Twitter.  What is great about MyFitnessPal is that it is user driven.  If you search for a food item and can’t find it, create it and it is shared with everyone who uses MyFitnessPal.

MyFitnessPal has had an iPhone app for some time now and last week they released MyFitnessPal HD for iPad.  This isn’t a refresh of the iPhone version.  It is written for the iPad exclusively (it is a separate app) and it utilizes the screen real estate of the iPad phenomenally well.  And since everything you enter into MyFitnessPal HD syncs with the MyFitnessPla.com site, you can enter information on your iPad and you will see it on the website and on your iPhone as they all stay in sync.  It is a great service that allows you to access your information from virtually anywhere and from any iOS device.

MyFitnessPal HD for iPad

MyFitnessPal HD for iPad

MyFitnessPal HD requires that you have a MyFitnessPal.com account which is free.  The app itself is also free.  If you want to have the app on both your iPhone and iPad, you will need to download the proper version for the device (I’ve linked them below).

Give MyFitnessPal a try and see if it can help you keep the weight off in 2012.

MyFitnessPal for iPhone app in the App Store

MyFitnessPal HD for iPad app in the App Store