Originally Posted by 4star
I have an app on my phone but forget to use it. I've had a smartphone for a year and just put an app on it. My weight loss so far was lost using a note pad and piece of paper. It doesn't matter what you use to keep track of calories as long as you do it. Even with apps on my phone, I still pre-plan what I will eat if I have to eat out before leaving home. I even have other cool gadgets I've just started using but they aren't speeding up my progress, they are just cool tools that can be convenient. Weight loss via calorie counting can be done for free, so no worries.
Oh yeah it totally can, the problem comes when you don't have the opportunity to plan ahead. I'd much rather look things up on my laptop than on my smartphone, but if I'm out and about I need to look up something quickly it is a very valuable tool.
I don't use apps either, just the internet to find calorie counts. Tracking calories in an app makes me neurotic for some reason. I only do it once every few weeks or so to get an idea of my macros.
My father and my brother are prime examples of people who would really need the phone app. They do NOT have a say in what is served to them at work and they can't really make food ahead of time. It's eat what's there or don't eat. With the apps on their phones they can look up calorie counts and stay within their pans.
That said, not having a smartphone shouldn't be an excuse to go off track completely. The smartphone is a tool that assists in weight loss, not the primary reason for it.