The Right App For Me?

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Am I using the right app to reach my fitness goals? 

Well, I'm sure you've asked yourself, of all the apps out there, how do I know which one is for me? I can't answer that. What I can tell you. Is that of all the apps out there. I use only two. These two apps are:

Withings Health Mate & MyFitnessPal

These two apps work in tandem. Making it feel like one complete app. All my weight loss journal entries on here contain screen shots from the apps and their respective website dashboards. I have been using various apps for years now. Since the beginning of 2014 I streamlined everything down to just these two apps. Let me tell you why:

Withings Health Mate

Tracks 4 categories of health.

  • Weight (with a Withings Smart Scale tracks fat mass, lean mass, and BMI)
  • Sleep (with the use of the Withings Pulse)
  • Activity (using the M7 chip on my iPhone 5s tracks my movement, but could be sync with another app i.e. run keeper)
  • Heart (can take a resting heart rate with my iPhone 5s camera, and can track blood pressure with the Withings Cuff)

Push Notification Encouragement. Occasionally my phone will ding with a little message, reminding me I'm awesome. here are some examples: Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 7.43.41 AMIMG_6008

 

The Withings Health Mate is a nearly complete tool in and of itself. But there is one thing it still needs to do, and that is log food. This is why I use this next app.

MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal has a insanely large library of foodstuffs. There is a lot of user submitted data. This makes using the app wonderful. I took my fiancee to red lobster the other day, and even their brand new specialty drink was listed in the app. It allowed me to even tell it that I had 1/2 of the appetizer and it does all the math and logged it for me.

MyFitnessPal is also a community. You can log a fitness status in there and get input from other users. they even have a small blog section set up on the web interface. If blogging is something you're looking into but don't want to go whole hog on a site of your own. You can find all that with in MyFitnessPal.

MFP also syncs with my Withings Health Mate, and brings over my activity and adds it to my food diary. Hence the earlier "works in tandem" remark. I add how much food I have earn, and subtract out how much activity I have performed and it gives me my calorie budget. I try my best to keep this number in my weight loss deficit range and I am right on track, day after day to reaching my goals.

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What does it all mean?

If you have iPhone, and you are serious about this health thing. Get these apps, and get the smart scale. These are my honest recommendations. I have not received anything from anyone for these opinions. I just truly feel this way about these products. Now, If WIthings wants to send me the newest scale, the pulse, the blood pressure cuff, the aura, and the new activité watch. Then they can absolutely send those right on over.