Lifestyles

What Are You Really Eating?

The App that Keeps You on Track

By Briana DelBuono

In a workout-obsessed culture, it’s easy to feel dazed and confused. The best way to know what and how much you’re actually eating is to download the MyFitnessPal app.

The easy to use application allows you to quickly search the foods that you’re eating and gives you the exact caloric amount as well as how much fat, sodium, cholesterol, potassium, carbs, fiber, sugars, protein, and vitamins in them.

It’s easy to walk into the kitchen and eat a few chips. If it’s not a regular meal it doesn’t count, right? Wrong. Just two Chewy Chocolate Chip cookies are 144 calories. Bet you didn’t know that, but now you do.

Getting in the habit of tracking the foods that are going into your body will help you become more careful with what you eat. It helps you avoid picking or snacking on junk in between meals. If you wouldn’t track it, don’t eat it.

The app also allows you to track your progress by entering changes in your weight over a span of weeks, months, and even up to a year.

Think you’ll forget to track? You can set up notifications that will remind you to track your breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

You can even link the app with other fitness apps on your phone as well. It can link to your Health app, which lets you know how many steps you’re taking and other movements throughout the day.

The app also lets you manually track exercise that isn’t automatically transferred from the other linked apps, so you can get a more accurate perspective of how many calories you have burned throughout the day.

Setting goals on the app is easier than ever.

You can type your current weight, input the weight you would like to be, and it will calculate the amount of calories you can consume per day to either lose, gain, or remain the same.

“I briefly tried this program about a year ago, and as I recall, the goal setting sucked because you couldn’t customize much, or maybe even at all. I can’t honestly remember. But you can now!

So in addition to the “guided” options you can now individually decide what your weight loss, calorie, individual nutrient intake, and exercise goals are,” A review on CrankyFitness.com said.

The goal is not to become obsessed with calorie counting, but to help users become more aware of the food that’s going into their bodies. This app can eliminate any feelings of helplessness toward your weight that you might have. Always remember that you are in control.

“The great thing about MyFitnessPal is the enormous size of the database.  Because it is possibly the most popular of all the systems, the bazillions of users add data all the time, so 99.5% of the time you can find exactly what you’re looking for,” a second review on CrankyFitness.com said.

The app makes calorie tracking interactive too. By adding Messaging, Sharing, Friends, and Community features to it, you can see other people who use the app to talk about your journey and keep yourself and others motivated.

“MyFitnessPal’s community aspect basically consists of a forum, where other fellow users of the app are free to exchange tips and advice, as well as to create relationships through sharing personal experiences or struggles,” a review on Builtlean.com said.

MyFitnessPal links blog posts that you might be interested in reading like “14 Things That Could Make Running Feel Harder Than It Should,” and “What Happens To Your Body (and Metabolism) When You Don’t Sleep Enough.”

Tracking every bite you eat may seem like a chore but it really makes you aware of the foods you’re eating as well as the size of your portions. Download the app today so that you can follow the diet that feels right and get the body that you want.

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