More than a week into 2013 and many people may find themselves looking for an alternate plan to lose weight.
After ABC-7 Managing Editor, Eric Huseby touted his regiment that includes 'My Fitness Pal' app, more local success stories were discovered.
So, how does it work?
If you are looking to shed those pounds for the new year, you can start by downloading the app with any android phone or iPhone for free.
Users then create a profile where all personal information is saved, like current weight, goal weight and most importantly daily calorie intake.
A feature allows users to scan bar codes or search a database for the foods eaten. The app works as a food and exercise diary, and not a meal plan.
Robert Martinez has used the app for the past year and has lost 30 lbs. and it was not a hard sell for him.
"My wife started using 'My Fitness Pal' and I thought it was a fad. I didn't believe it," said Martinez. She lost 20 lbs. and when I saw the results I said 'wow'. If it's that easy then I'm going to do it," said Martinez.
After trying several diets, Martinez said his weight peaked the scales at 250 lbs.
"I did a lot of running, that did help me lose the weight, but I hit a plateau at 210 lbs.," said Martinez.
Thirty pounds lighter and Martinez said he is not done yet, he has 20 lbs. to go to reach is goal weight. His weight loss can also be credited to the three days a week he spends exercising.
Daily exercise can also be tracked through 'My FItness Pal'.
"I'm a diabetic and the doctor pretty much, bluntly told me, 'lose weight or you're going to die," said Martinez.
His overall health has improved so much, he's been able to cut back on blood pressure and diabetic medications.
"You eat whatever you want, but you have to count calories," said Martinez.
It is recommended to consult a doctor or nutritionist before beginning a weight loss plan.