Navigate the holiday buffet with the help of these iPhone apps

Dec 3, 2009
Health

Eggnog, sugar cookies, ham – the holidays harbor many gastrointestinal landmines for those who are trying to maintain or lose weight. Studies have shown that the average American gains just under one pound during the holiday season, but those who gain the most tend to be already overweight and out of shape. If you are […]

Eggnog, sugar cookies, ham – the holidays harbor many gastrointestinal landmines for those who are trying to maintain or lose weight. Studies have shown that the average American gains just under one pound during the holiday season, but those who gain the most tend to be already overweight and out of shape.

If you are on a diet, however, there is no reason to sequester yourself from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. With some smart decision-making and a few great iPhone apps, you can move from party to party without worrying about being mistaken for Santa Claus.

Make wise food choices with these iPhone apps

As the food table (or menu) looms before you, look to fill your plate with healthy options. If you are unsure what those are, turn to Tap & Track ($2.99), which allows you to look up food items by name. The database includes any item you would find in a grocery store, as well as meals served at several dozen restaurants. It also helps you keep a daily, weekly and monthly total of the calories you have consumed.

If you are doing the cooking, use the Expert Video: Healthy Cooking  (99 cents) app, which offer tips on how to make your favorite dishes healthier.

Drinks can be just as fattening as solid foods, especially alcoholic drinks that will be handed to you at every party and bar. Stay on top of how many calories you are drinking by downloading Drinkster (99 cents). It will keep track of the nutritional content of all your favorite beverages.

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Keep moving with these iPhone apps

Between hosting the in-laws and wrapping presents, exercise becomes a low priority during November and December. Nevertheless, you are going to want to fit in at least some physical activity.

Walking, as innocuous as it sounds, remains one of the best forms of exercise. So download iTreadmill (99 cents), and track your movements. You can use this app while you are walking through the mall, the airport or the local holiday parade.

If you have to squeeze some quick exercise at home, turn to iFitness ($1.99) or Shape Flat Abs ($1.99). Both apps have dozens of exercise suggestions, many of which can be done on your living room floor.

Don’t forget the extras with this iPhone app

Selecting the perfect gift at the right price can induce stress, and trigger mindless eating. Save yourself the trouble and download the Holiday Gift Guide (free) app, which will allow you to browse and purchase gifts right on your phone.

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Megan O'Neil

Megan O'Neil is a journalist and freelance writer in Los Angeles. When she isn't lounging at the beach or socializing in the Hollywood Hills, she writes for the Park Labrea New/Beverly Press newspaper and the Los Angeles Times Community News Group.

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