I LOVE FITDAY! No kidding. I've been doing it since October last year, and I've lost 20 lbs already. I am attributing it largely to fitday, because by doing it, I am able to see more easily what I'm taking in and putting out. Before this, I was honestly just ignorant, not realizing how many calories are in certain foods. Like today I learned that lentils, according to fitday, cooked ones, are about 600 calories for a cup! Unreal, yet it's healthy. I would have thought in the past, since they were so "healthy" that maybe a cup was about 300. Also, there were 2 weeks in that 20 lbs loss in which I didn't lose any weight. When I went back to look at the charts, I was able to see how my intake and outtake were very close. By doing fitday, I have also been able to see and understand how much food is enough.
In the beginning, it was more tedious than it is now. I measured my food, had measuring tools on the counter, and whenever I prepared lunch or made breakfast, I measured everything. At first it was a pain and felt uncomfortable, but after about a month, I just got to know how much something was by looking on my plate, in a bowl, in the pan, you just get to know how much a cup is or two cups, or even 1 oz. of something, depending on what it is. Now, I can make mental notes through the day, for lunch I had thisthisthis, etc., and maybe 2xs a day input my food and exercise. By doing this, it makes me aware.
I do alot of custom foods, inputing them on my own. Since I tend to eat the same custom foods, I don't have to input all the time. But since it works so well for me, I don't mind inputting them when I have to.
It also strangely is a way to keep me accountable, because I know I have to log in and look at it. There were days when I ate 5000 calories, for example. I didn't beat myself up, but I was like hmmm.... just a good way to make me aware, ok, why did I eat that much, etc. I love how you can look at the reports and graphs and see what the average calories you take in and burn, those graphs are helpful to me to look at averages instead of having one bad day. And I'm learning, it really is true, weight loss really is math - if you're not loosing weight, it's because you're taking in more than you're putting out. The months I can see I'm putting out more than taking in, and I weigh myself, I have lost weight everytime. There was no mystery.
As a general rule, by doing fitday, I'm able to assess, ok, how many calories do I have left to eat today in my range, am I eating too much fat today, etc. I also see my long-term habits. As an example, I have noticed that the fat percentage in my diet seems to be consistently high, so I have been working on keeping the %age down. It's hard to do, but on the days I do it, it feels really good. Today I only had 11% which is very uncommon!! Wow. I figure it's ok since most days I have plenty, LOL.
And by doing it I learn which foods are lower calorie, higher calorie, high fat, etc. It's just great cuz I'm learning so much. I'm anticipating that there will be a day I won't have to do it anymore and I'll just get into good habits and know, you know, what to eat to stay healthy but not too stringent. Have some play.
I don't know. I am a fast typist so the inputting foods doesn't bother me. I have never missed a day. And it's sort of like an achievement chart to me, so it feels like it works because I can see my progress.
Also, I look at the report for vitamins. I have also learned that for some reason, I'm consistently low in folate and zinc. So I've learned, that's probably why I tend to catch cold when I'm not taking my vitamins!
...And here's a strange thing about fitday. I used to have a problem with eating at night, too late at night. The funny thing, this doesn't happen as much anymore because I don't want to log into my computer and put the foods in late, or remember to put in the next day, so I just opt to wait til morning to eat whatever. Strange...but hey, whatever works!