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Mobile Apps 360: Lose It!

Mobile Apps 360 takes a look at mobile software for your Palm OS, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and iPhone/iPod touch smartphones that will help keep your favorite mobile gear fresh with new software.

Lose It! is my new favorite application for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch. This free application from FitNow is a great way to help you set a weight loss goal and stick to it.

To get started with Lose It!, all you have to do is answer a few simple questions to setup your weight loss plan. Once you have your plan in place, the Goals screen will allow you to track your progress.

Now that your plan is ready, you enter the foods you eat into one of four categories: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks. You will need an active Internet connection (G3 or Wi-Fi) to search the online database. You can also add custom foods and recipes if you want. As I have used the software, I have found most of the foods I’ve been eating in the online database. If I can’t find an exact match, I’ve found an item that was close enough. For the things that I couldn’t find, I’ve added a recipe for quick entry into my daily calorie log.

In addition to being able to track what foods you eat, you can also track your exercise in Lose It!. The execrise database, which is stored on the iPhone or iPod touch, is very extensive. It covers everything from walking to dancing, to lawn mowing.

I’ve been using Lose It! for about two weeks now and I have been able to lose 5 lbs in two weeks without chaning what I eat or increasing my exercise routine. In the end, Lose It! has helped me make better choices about how much to eat.

As with any diet and exercise regiment, it is always a good idea to consult your doctor before starting.

Lose It! is available now from the Apple App Store.