Myfitnesspal is a fitness app which is the absolute go to app for tracking your fitness goals. If that would be a macro nutrient goal, micro nutrient goal or even just a calorie deficit or surplus diet. Whatever your dietary tracking requirements, this app is going to be your fitness pal to help you with it!
This app will even link up with other fitness devices. For example, a fitbit. A fitbit will count your steps and will track those calories burnt and work them into your daily calorie intake etc. You can even manually type in any exercise you’ve done and calories lost and work them in. However weightlifting on the other hand will not monitor your calories, and will not work them into your daily calorie intake. But come on give the app a break, it still sounds pretty amazing right?
Well yes, even though tracking weight lifting activities is not very effective on the app, many serious weight lifters will still use the app. Because they’re on the app for their dietary needs which is just as important if not more important then just tracking a session.
So what makes it so diet effective? Being able to see what calorific and nutritional value your food has is a real eye opener and will play a crucial part in hitting your dietary goals. How do you know if you’ve got enough protein if you haven’t actually counted how much protein you’ve put into your body?
So how do you track what’s in your food? Well there is several ways to take a reading from your food. Some easier and more accurate then others but here’s a quick overview
- Scan the barcode on your food packaging using your phone camera (In app)
- Type in the number on your barcode
- Search for the food on the food search bar (database)
- Type in the nutritional information on the food packaging
All these methods will bring up the item you will be consuming or create the item you will be consuming. However how much you eat of the item will vary and may involve you weighing exactly how much you will be consuming for the most accurate results. However people do estimate but I would recommend weighing items for atleast a week or so, so you can get the feel for how things work, and how much a food weighs (I think you will be surprised with some food products).
This blog isn’t an in-depth guide into how myfitness pal works so I won’t bore you with the ins and outs of it, but I will be sure to give you a link to a good video to learn from if you haven’t yet had a go.
So no doubt about it, it all does sound like ALOT of hassle. Recording absolutly everything you put into your mouth is very time consuming and can be very tedious. So the big question is…
Is myfitnesspal worth the hassle?
In my personal experience I will say it is worth the hassle. Even though it is that extra thing to worry about in your busy day, and does bring that extra bit of work and thought into every meal you make; It is 100% worth it!
I’ve personally lost 6kg in a month due to just tracking my calories and keeping myself on a calorie deficit diet. Without tracking all my food, there is no way I could have managed to get all the correct portion sizes. And even more importantly actually know how many calories the food I was eating had in it!
I believe that this app really does give you that extra insight into the nutritional industry without spending big money to get a personal nutitionalist. So if you really are serious about your dietary needs, please download the app and have ago!
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