This is one of the keys to my ongoing weight loss success. And it is free! I seriously overeat if I don’t religiously track my calorie intake. And this app makes doing so extremely easy. It has a barcode scanner function that lets me input packaged foods and there is a huge database of fresh fruits and vegetables. It is so easy to underestimate the amount of calories consumed and logging them is the best way to prevent that. And I find that logging helps keep me from nibbling on things when I shouldn’t. You can also save meals and recipes so you never have to guess how many calories you eat. It also tracks your macros (fat, protein, and carbohydrates) and vitamins so you can ensure that you are getting a proper balance.
This app is so much more than just a food diary though. It enables users to set weight loss goals and track their progress. For instance, I input my age, height, weight, and activity level, told it that I want to lose 1.5 pounds per week, and it gave me my daily calorie allowance. It also links up with other applications that track exercise so you can have a comprehensive view of your health.
Another great feature is the great blog articles they post in my feed. These range from recipes for healthy food, to workout tips, and all kinds of good advice for general well being. It is very encouraging to read all of them. There are a lot of social aspects to the app that I don’t mess with, but I am sure that would appeal to many people. This app is overall a great tool, but it is just that – a tool. It is not a magic solution. Using it properly requires a degree of willpower and determination. But for people that are serious about losing weight, MyFitnessPal can certainly help.