After reaching a plateau in my weight loss, I decided last week to start the next chapter in my health and fitness journey: running. In my quest to gauge and track my diet and fitness goals, I downloaded the free version of MyFitnessPal app to my phone. MyFitnessPal (MFP) has made logging my cardio minutes and keeping up with my calorie intake and expenditure a piece of cake. I wish I had used it sooner!
Here are a few reasons why MFP is my new BFF:
- The weight, body measurements, and activity goals are simple to set and change.
- Thousands of pre-programmed menu items make it easy to input daily meals.
- The nutrition button tracks daily nutrient intake and shows nutrient excesses/deficiencies, carb/fat/protein ratios, and calorie percentages/meal.
- The total number of calories equation is displayed at the top of screen, keeping track of the daily calorie goal, current caloric intake, calories burned and remaining calories.
- The quick add button allows easy addition of water and food intake, exercise, daily weight/body measurements, and to post status updates.
- The progress graph displays body weight/measurements over time, providing a quick snapshot of progress.
- At the end of the day, MFP generates a status update highlighting the goals that were met for the day.
- There is a safety message that will pop up on the screen if calorie intake falls too far below recommended daily calorie needs.
The first thing I noticed after two days of using MFP, was how I was consuming way too many calories. Most of the time I eat relatively healthy meals, but now that I am tracking them with MFP, I can see that I have simply been eating too much food and that is why I have been struggling to lose more weight. I have cut back on my portion sizes, cut back on fats and added in leaner proteins.
If you are looking for a fitness app to help you meet your health and fitness goals, give MFP a try. It challenges you to be your best self every day, it’s fun, and it’s free!