App Review: MyFitnessPal

Chicken Tenders and  Fries

My favorite meal

I am bad at eating healthy. Really bad. Part of me never grew out of my five-year old eating habits that include chicken tenders, fries, and ketchup. Seriously, I could eat that meal everyday. Liking meals that are very simple plus not really liking any kind of vegetables creates sort of a problem. My plates tend to be made up of chicken, bread, potatoes, and chocolate. It’s not any surprise that I struggle to provide my body with adequate nutrition.

This is where MyFitnessPal (MFP) comes into my life. MFP will help you whether you have a weight-loss goal or not. Even if you are maintaining your current weight or trying to build muscle it is helpful! Are you aware of what you are putting into your body every day?

MFP also makes it easy by saving your regular foods. If you are a creature of habit you can save meals or choose from your recent list to add things you eat regularly. Adding food is quick and easy. If what you are eating has a barcode all you have to do is scan it and it is added to your meal for the day. Also, if the food is not in MFP but you have the nutritional information you can add it in manually and share it with other MFP users for their use! You can also track exercise and water in MFP.

Tracking food personally keeps me more accountable not to overeat or undereat; it really puts into perspective my daily goals and if I am eating a normal amount. I try to space out my meals and supplement small meals with snacks. It makes me more aware of the meals that I struggle to eat an adequate amount but also aware of meals that are excessively large (AKA anytime I eat out). It also reminds me to limit cookies and treats (sometimes). The percentage feature helps me know if I am getting the right amount of nutrients!

Screenshot of My Fitness Pal

Screenshot of My Fitness Pal

My Fitness Pal Nutrients

One thing about my food logging on MFP is that it is not perfect. I am sure I over estimate or underestimate portions sometimes. I never try to exactly measure what I eat but use the app as a guide for healthy eating and for portion control. I learned the hard way to look up food before ordering it at a restaurant (AKA The Buffalo Chicken Sandwich at Chilis). It’s amazing how quickly calories can add up if you are not paying attention to what you are eating. Throughout this whole year I hope to be committed to logging on MFP.

Add me on MFP if you want to be friends and hold each other accountable! Have you had success with MFP or another app? What do you do to stay healthy?

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