MyFitnessPal is a tool used to count and keep track of the food and calories you consume throughout the day. This tool is extremely efficient and essential to getting the results you are looking to achieve. There are many other apps out there that do similar things, but in my opinion this is one of the easiest, most convenient and efficient ways to keep your food log on track. The best part about MyFitnessPal is that it’s free, and even though there is a paid version of the app the free version provides all the functionality you need. This MyFitnessPal overview will cover exactly what you need to know to succeed with the app.
How does it work?
This article here on MyFitnessPal’s official page does a good job of describing how the app works. Essentially, you enter in some basic information about yourself and it will tell you how many calories a day you should be consuming. Each food you add has a specific amount of calories with it, and that number will go towards your daily limit. It also allows you to break it down specifically by, fat, protein and carbs. You can make the app as simple or complex as you would like.
The example below is 8oz of chicken breast. The serving size is listed as 4oz, because it was 8oz total I changed the number of servings from 1 to 2.
How has it helped me?
Before tracking food and understanding the importance of proper nutrition I would spend hours in the gym each day, but the problem was I wasn’t seeing the results I had expected and couldn’t figure out why. I spent years when I first starting taking my health serious researching good foods to eat, when to eat them, and what foods to avoid yet I was still not seeing the results I believed I should have. When I started tracking my food it showed me a couple things right away.
First, I was eating way bigger portions than I thought. To this day (years of tracking my food) I still can not accurately guess on portion sizes. Yes, I have become a lot better and have a good idea, but it’s not precise. When you are looking to make lifestyle changes you need precision. Why? Because that is what is going to help you correct the bad habits that have been developed over the years. In order to appreciate food for what it is – which I classify as essential energy to allow your body to perform at it’s best – you need to take time to study and learn what you are consuming and how it effects you.
Second, the articles I had been reading for years really gave me no direction on what I should really be eating. I would read articles saying something along the lines of, “for lunch have 8oz of chicken breast, a cup of rice, and a side of vegetables.” Sounds great, right? But I had no idea why. Using MyFitnessPal shows you the ‘why’ behind the food. That chicken breast has 40g of protein, that cup of rice has 43 carbs, and that’s 1 of 3 servings of vegetables I needed today. When there are numbers you can look at and these numbers are applied towards a daily goal, it allows you to see what foods effect what area. Over time you learn what foods you should eat and what foods you should avoid depending on how your numbers are looking.
- Keeps you accountable
- Learn the power of tracking
- Helps develop lifestyle change
- Have a new understanding for food and how important food decisions are
- Helps you achieve your goals
- See mini changes along the way to your larger goal
As you can see with this MyFitnessPal overview, MyFitnessPal has a lot of benefits and in order to be the best self you can be nutrition needs to be a priority. That’s why I recommend everyone getting this app and start tracking your food. When you put the right food inside your body, you will not only look better, but you will feel better and be healthier and that’s the most important thing.