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Is a Diet App the Best Way to Lose Weight?

January 10, 2013

When I read over Consumer Reports' new survey of the best diet plans and tools, I noticed something interesting at the top of the list: the diet and fitness app MyFitnessPal. This free tool, which allows you to track calories, exercise, and other stats online and on various mobile devices (including smartphones and tablets), jumped out at me because it also came out on top of my list when I tested diet apps for Epicurious last year. While I am not currently a daily calorie counter, I certainly saw the benefits of tracking calories when testing the various apps: Among other things, it keeps you aware and honest about what you're really eating (and you might be less likely to take that handful of candy at the office if you know you're going to have to record it and then burn it off). And I have found that recording my workouts, which I do using an online tool that syncs with data from my fitness watch, is a huge motivator to stick with my exercise plan, so I've seen the power of collecting data ( love seeing a trophy icon when I've accomplished my goals for the week. Yes, I am a geek.) Do you use an online tool or app to help track your calories or other data? Which is your favorite? (Full disclosure: I am a former employee of Consumer Reports' Web site, but I was not asked to cover their diet feature.)

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