I don’t do New Years resolutions, in fact I prefer to use a word of the year instead. But since I have been on a health kick for a few months, and my brother started to use this app the other day, I thought I would kick off this new series with the My Fitness Pal app.
Years ago, after Carrie Underwood won American Idol, she mentioned in an interview that she found that tracking what she ate in a food journal helped her to get healthy. That always stuck with me, but were as I was never able to stick to a food journal, I have found this app a nice replacement for it. The app is free and you can get it for the Iphone, Android or computer.
Here are a few other reasons I love the app and how it makes my life easier:
It tracks how much water I drink
I’m constantly dehydrated because I don’t drink as much water as I should. I use to use the app Hydrator to track my 8 glasses, but now I track my water intake in the My Fitness Pal app and use Hydrator for the reminder chime (something My Fitness Pal lacks).
I can track sugar and carbs
I have to watch my carb and sugar intake and I follow some of Jorge Cruises diet guidelines to do it. I use to use Counti but now have found that I can create custom goals and put these settings into my phone (if you want to learn how to do this yourself view this post).
You can keep track of your vitamins
I don’t just eat to keep track of sugar and carbs. A healthy diet is a balanced diet and I prefer to choose my foods based on their nutritional content. So when I scan a food, or add it manually, I can see how much vitamin A is in it, or iron, or whatever. Now the one limit I have found with this app is that it doesn’t track more vitamins than Vitamin A and E, I am looking to track B as well. I really hope My Fitness app will expand this soon, but for right now I use the My Diet app for that info.
You can find any meal you need
I can scan the bar code of any item and it automatically will pick up all of its nutritional content, including serving size, so I can make a decision if I want to eat a full serving (like one slice of bread) or choose to eat half. If I choose to eat half then I can add that and it will automatically recalculate how many calories that is and such. Impressive is that I have yet to scan an item it has not picked up. Even when I shop at a store like Aldis and pick an item that is not name brand, it still picks it up. Plus, I can manually add any item, or if I am out on a shoot, I can search for any meal item and add it.
For me, if I am going to go anywhere in my life, I do much better tracking my results. The My Fitness Pal app does that for me, so it is my app pick of the week. Plus, if it helps me make better choices in food like adding more fiber or protein if needed.
Now it’s your turn. Have you used the My Fitness Pal app before? What did you like about it? If your haven’t, what are you the most interested in? Tell me in the comments below.
Until next time,
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