Friday Favorite: My Fitness Pal

Can you believe it’s already the Friday before Christmas? Where did the time go?!

Today I wanted to share with you one of the items that really helped me finally lose some stubborn weight a couple of years ago and from which yesterday’s weight chart came from: My Fitness Pal.

MyFitnessPal logo

It was really easy to get started. I created a profile on their website, which consisted of putting in my current measurements, then choosing a goal. You can choose how much weight you want to lose (or gain) per week, as well as how often you want to work out, and they’ll automatically calculate how many calories you should be eating each day to create the correct weekly calorie deficit/surplus. Since I’m not currently trying to lose any weight, my goal page looks like this:

MyFitnessPal goals

As soon as I started tracking my food, I couldn’t believe how many calories I was actually eating! No wonder I wasn’t losing any weight!

Eating bubble

At first it was time-intensive to log all of my food, especially when it was an odd quantity or wasn’t available in their database (which is extensive!). But after I had everything in, I was able to quickly update throughout the day on my phone app. I chose the half pound per week weight loss goal, as I found that the most manageable and the easiest way to keep my sanity. The one pound per week weight loss regimen was too restrictive for me.

The app is currently available for Apple, Google, Blackberry, and Windows phones and can integrate with a variety of other apps, such as RunKeeper, the one I use for running. I like that if feels as though you get a virtual high-five when you’ve met your net caloric intake each day.

Since I used the app for such a long time, I was able to figure out exactly what I can eat to keep my body going without having to log my food, which I really see as the end goal. Who wants to constantly run to their computer or phone to track what they’ve eaten? Currently I only use it to track my weight.

Speaking of tracking weight, as predicted yesterday, today’s weigh-in was back being closer to my maintenance weight. See the dip down at very right of the graph below?  And it only took a little tweak and mindfulness to achieve!

Weight change December 20

Has anyone else used this app or a similar one? Did you find it helpful or did you become too obsessive?

I hope you have a great weekend!

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2 thoughts on “Friday Favorite: My Fitness Pal

  1. […] You could use an app, such as my favorite MyFitnessPal. […]

  2. […] I’m so sick of it that I decided to go back to basics to reboot my system a bit. Nothing crazy, just more accountability. For me, that means logging food in MyFitnessPal. […]

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