Trying to lose 30lbs with diet, exercise and an Apple iPhone

“By the beginning of 2009 I realized that something needed to be done. We had just returned from a fantastic trip to Jamaica with the entire family, staying at an all-inclusive resort. All-inclusive is code for ‘eat and drink everything in sight,’ and I heartily did just that,” David Alison blogs.

“As I reviewed the pictures taken during the trip I was shocked to see how much weight I’d put on over the years. At 45 years old my steady diet of junk food and extremely half-hearted attempts at exercise had converted my body into an awkward pear shape,” Alison writes. “A professional career of driving a computer everyday meant ready access to snacks and little natural exercise other than pounding away on a keyboard.”

“The stats weren’t pretty: at 5’11” I weighed in at 206lbs, solidly into the overweight category,” Alison writes. “I wasn’t sleeping well because I snored loudly and suffered from mild nighttime apnea; after lunch I nearly always needed (though didn’t get) a nice long nap. Instead I pumped my body full of coffee and soda to get through it. I was up to size 38 pants and XL shirts, and worst of all my blood pressure was running as high as 153/80. My doctor told me that I would need to get on blood pressure medication soon.”

Alison writes, “It was a new year so I set a very specific goal for myself: I would get down to 175lbs by my 46th birthday in June. That 31lb drop would put me at the weight I was when I met my lovely wife back in 1985, a weight I hadn’t seen on my scale in 23 years… What I found out about myself was that I was highly motivated by seeing my goal weight and every few days checking on my current weight to see how I was progressing against that goal. I had read some good reviews of Weightbot and figured that since I had my iPhone with me all the time it would be a good tool for helping me track my progress.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: By SteveJack: Most people’s problems generally start with the portions of food they are consuming. The portions that many people with weight issues are way too big for what their body needs; just way too many calories for what they’re burning (and too much of it is carbs and sugars). Human beings are just not designed to sit around all day eating pastries. Cut down the portions, stop the needless snacking, eat nutritional foods and you’ll lose weight. Exercise along with that and not only will you feel better, the weight will fly off. iPhone apps can be great motivational tools. What are your favs?

SteveJack is a long-time Macintosh user, web designer, multimedia producer and regular contributor to the MacDailyNews Opinion section who, among other things, basically described the iPhone on December 10, 2002. He also plays The Beautiful Game twice weekly and runs 20+ miles per week.


  1. MDN: You’re partially right. The source of the calories taken in is important as the source of those calories determines how your body’s insulin levels store or use those calories.

    Read “Good Calories, Bad Calories” by Gary Taubes.


  2. iFitness.. I love it. Though im not overweight I love how I can add in all my workouts for the week and check my progress and gains over time with a chart. It also shows how every exercise is done along with videos too. Only wish is it had nutritional section in it but for me it does all I need.

  3. I’ve been using LoseIt on the iPhone and have lost 30 lbs with another 30 to go. It also works whether you need to track carbs or calories as well as exercise.

    It’s also supported and syncs to the website.

  4. Been using Weightbot and just downloaded Pocket Yoga HD for the iPad. There’s something about being reminded about your weight daily and being able to track against a goal that is super motivating.

    On a related note, one of the site Kissing Suzy Kolber’s founders lost 60 lbs. with some pretty common sensical measures. Obviously, the recounting is also hilarious. NSFW for language.

  5. The first thing that helped me change my eating habits and lose 30 pounds was a little education. I really didn’t know how unhealthy/fattening all the fast food and junk food is. After coming to that realization, it was just a matter of preparation (having healthy snacks around me at work), and practicing self control.

    I tried some iPhone apps to help track calories/weight loss, but I didn’t stick with any of them. They do help with motivations, at least at first.

    The one app I still use is an exercise tracking app. is an AWESOME. I use it to track all of my runs, walks, bike rides. It’s really cool to see graphs of all your activities, keep track of your distances, and make goals. It also maps everything for you using the iPhone’s GPS. Pretty sweet app.

  6. I found that just buying much larger clothes makes it look like I am losing weight. Many friends compliment me on my will power when in fact I have actually gained a few pounds. Try it. Much easier than all that exercise and starvation. There should be an app for that.

  7. I use Tap and Track — great calorie counter. Tracks exercise, too, though I don’t do enough of that. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  8. Until I starting using my iPhone to help me, I thought I’d never lose the weight I had put on over the years.  In the past, I’d lose some weight and would gain it all back in no time. The iPhone and some Apps changed all that.  I was able to lose 32 lbs in 6 months using the App “Loseit” to help calculate and control my caloric intact.  And, I use the App “Runkeeper” to help me track the calories spent from various forms of exercise.  Best of all, I’ve kept all the weight off for a year now.

  9. Happened to me too. 40 pounds over weight sitting in front of a computer all day long. I took up jogging, at first it was a struggle to do 3 miles (with plenty of rest breaks), I was soon able to do 5 miles 5 times a week. Now (5 years later and 40 pounds lighter) I run (not jog) average 25 to 35 miles a week and can run for hours (5 marathon medals on my wall). I must say that I got addicted to running.

  10. Lol!
    I’m 5’11 195lbs, and I think it looks great, I fill out my shirts well. 175lbs would make me a mouse-chested dweeb. My advice is to look in the mirror and see what works for you. Being a scrawny man getting sand kicked in his face at the beach may be good according to a ‘weight chart’ but not with the ladies, or in real life. Exercise is extremely important too, I just got out my basketball and football. It’s nice to play with robotic fitness machines at the gym but real sports get the testosterone and adrenalin pumping as you score points against your arch nemesis. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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