Throughout our experience as a team of counsellors and psychologists we have found that certain questions come up over and over again. Instead of making everyone call or email in for these we figured it would be beneficial to everyone if we started answering some of the most frequently asked questions right here on our website!
Frequently asked questions
What is DROP IT?
Drop It is an iOS iPhone/iPad app designed to do ONE THING, and ONLY ONE THING: Help you LOSE WEIGHT FAST through scientifically assigning and easily counting daily calories.
What is Drop It NOT?
Drop It is designed to do one thing: Help you lose weight fast through counting calories. Other than calories, Drop It does not deal with any nutritional information (fat, protein, vitamins, etc.). Drop It also doesn't have a robust food database or food calculator at this time. It provides basic food search, but not a servings calculator. There are also no social media share features. If you want to count calories and lose weight, you can't beat Drop It, but if you're looking for an app to help you with nutritional information, social media, robust food database, etc., Drop It may not be a good choice for you.
What is "MET-MAX?"
How is MET-MAX calculated?
What makes Drop It work better than similar apps?
What are the steps to use Drop It each day?
Does Drop It store a history of each day's activity?
No. To keep the app as simple and streamlined as possible, Drop It is intentionally designed to be a daily calorie counter. Use it each day, then use the New Day button to reset for a new day.
How should I answer the "Non-Exercise Lifestyle" field on the profile page?
Select how active you are each day in general, NOT including exercise. For example, if you live a fairly sedate life on most days (desk job, etc.), select Less Active. If you have an extremely active life (construction worker, mother of small children, etc.), select Very Active. The important thing to remember is this is asking about your lifestyle NOT INCLUDING exercise. For example, someone can have a Less Active Non-Exercise Lifestyle, but then do a 10-mile run every day. They would select Less Active and then enter their running as an exercise each day.
Why does the app have me "drag bubbles" to enter my calories?
It has been shown that using a finger and a tactile drag motion to enter calories, and then receiving the audible "munching" sound, can make entering calories much more FUN and REWARDING, encouraging you to count calories throughout your day. This is why the app intentionally doesn't provide a bar-code scanning system. It may be a bit more work, but you'll have more success in tracking your calories throughout the day.
Do I have to drag the bubbles to enter my calories?
No, if you wish to enter the calories directly, simply tap on the area left of the mouth and it will bring up the Daily Calories Log where you can manually enter calories.
What if I don't want to hear the "munching" sound?
You'll find the munching sound makes entering calories a more rewarding experience. However, if you don't want to disturbe others around you (in a meeting, late at night, etc.), you can simply toggle the sound effects on and off by tapping the Speaker button at the top of the display. This makes it very easy to mute the sound if necessary, then turn it back on when appropriate.
What is the spinning timer inside the Undo button for?
As you drag down calorie bubbles, it will group the calories together unless you wait a few seconds for the timer to ellapse. For example, if you wanted to enter 325 calories for some soup, and 150 calories for some milk, you would drag the following bubbles: 100, 100, 100, 10, 10, 5 and then wait for the timer to expire, then drag the following bubbles: 100, 50. This would create two different Undo groups, one for 325 and one for 150. If you wanted, you could then tap on the numbers under the Undo button to go to the Daily Calories Log to give each a description, to help you remember what each was.
Do I have to enter my weight each day?
No, not at all. You should, however, try to enter it at least once a week, since your daily calorie allowance is based on your current weight.
Will I lose weight faster if I eat less than the Available Calories on some days?
No...in fact, it could make you lose weight more slowely.
What if I go over my daily budget?
The whole idea of the Drop It app is to help you NOT go over your daily calorie budget. You want to get as close to your budget each day as possible. However, there could be times you do go over (parties, traveling, etc.). On such days, there is no need to keep entering calories once you've hit your limit, since the app doesn't keep a history of each day's calorie activity, nor would it have any impact on the way the app works for future dates. Of course, exceeding your budget, especially if exceeded by a lot or for multiple days, will slow down your weight loss. So, the things in the app that may be impacted if you exceed your daily budget would be on the page where you track your weight, you could see your average weight loss per week go down and your projected goal completion date be pushed out.
Why are my MET-MAX "Protect Calories" always zero?
This is perfectly normal, in fact, for most people the Protect Calories will usually be zero. The app will only add Protect Calories if they are needed to keep you above the daily minimum recommended safe level (1500 calories for men and 1200 calories for women). Usually the app will only need to add Protect Calories if you both: 1) have an aggressive weight loss goal set, such as losing 2 lbs per week, and 2) are not adding substantial exercise each day to boost your calorie budget.
Why do I seem to get a lower daily budget using the Drop It app than with other calorie-counting apps?
Can I change how the mouth and bubbles look?
Yes. By tapping on the small arrows to the left and right of the mouth area, you can slide through different themes. A theme can change the mouth, bubbles and/or sound effects. Tap through and try them all, and just leave it on the one you like best. Change your theme throughout the year to keep things interesting. You'll even find holiday themes for Halloween, Christmas, etc.