I’m back with another great app that I use to help me stay on track with my goals of becoming a spartan. Exercising is only half the deal of weight loss and being healthy, eating properly is the other part of the deal. I find that eating right is the tougher of the two for me, because I can wake up and go for a run easily, but I find it harder to eat the healthier option when presented with an unhealthy choice.
I’ve found that writing down or tracking my food helps me make better choices on what I eat. Some people may use pen and paper to write down their meals and snacks, I prefer to use MyFitnessPal because of how easy and convenient it is. The app is a great way to track your food, drinks, exercise and anything in-between! To help ease this process along, there is an extensive database of all of the things previously mentioned already in-app!
Signing up for MyFitnessPal is extremely easy. Unlike other apps where the registration process takes ten minutes to fill out an application, MyFitnessPal takes much less time. After downloading the app from your marketplace, you have two choices; sign up with Email, or Sign up with Facebook. After selecting your option, you will be asked a series of questions, some being; what your goal is (lose, maintain or gain weight), how much you want to lose/gain, how active you are, gender/age, height and weight, and what your weekly goal is. All of this information is used to help gauge how many calories you get to eat daily!
Yes, I said calories! MyFitnessPal uses calories to keep track of your daily intake and exercise. After finding and selecting your food from the database, you can see all the nutrition values of your food. Sure there’s other weight loss apps and services out there like Weight Watchers, but instead of using imaginary “points” to track everything, MyFitnessPal uses calories, the actual measurement of energy that food and exercise burns! This makes it easier to get a grip on how much you’re eating. Which sounds better to you? “I ate 54 points today!” or “I ate 2,500 calories today!” While both programs work, I believe that MyFitnessPal does a much better job of tracking and displaying your intake and exercise.
The app has some amazing features, that help it become an even more useful tool. First, you have your Homepage, this displays how many calories you have left, how many you’ve eaten and how many calories are burned from exercise. There’s also a newsfeed that you can send messages and updates on, or see what your friends are up to by connecting to Facebook or by adding them on the app.
The next feature is the Diary, this tab shows what foods you’ve eaten for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks. This makes it easier to see what your meals are and how many calories you eat per meal, and if you should be increasing the calories, decreasing them or spending more in certain meals more than others.
The final, major tab is the Progress section. As the name states, this category is all about the progress that you’ve made weight wise. With a line graph showing how your weight goes up, down, or stays the same, it’s easy to visualize how much change has happened on a daily, weekly or monthly scale. If you scroll down you can see the date and your weight at the time, giving you another way to see how you’ve changed.
There are tons of more features for you to explore in the app including nutrition guides, reminders, news articles, and the list can keep going. To see more of these great features, you’ll have to download the app ! Another awesome thing about MyFitnessPal is that it’s not just an app, it’s a community. The MyFitnessPal blog also has great articles and stories about weight loss, nutrition and exercise to help keep you motivated, inspired and on track to achieving your goal. They also have a forum where people post healthy recipes and meal ideas to give you new and exciting foods to try.
MyFitnessPal is a great fitness tool that can help you keep track of your foods so that you have a constant reminder about being mindful of what you eat. This app allows you to track things that couldn’t be done in other weight loss programs. Give the app a try and let me know what you think in the comments below. You can also leave a comment on my @JourneyToSpartan Instagram or tweet to me @Journey2Spartan!