Healthy Beauty- MyFitnessPal App

Keeping track of what you eat, especially if you are counting calories, is especially hard if you aren’t writing down everything you consume. It’s so easy to think you are eating well, but once you hold yourself accountable and actually start writing down everything you eat (yes, even those 10 m&ms that “won’t make a difference”) you start being much more aware of snacking and possibly how many bad things you are eating.

In the past I tried keeping food diaries, and just writing down everything I ate, but it can be hard, especially if its at a restaurant, or is something that doesn’t have a nutrition label. Last year I found my savior for this problem, and it’s called MyFitnessPal and is an app on my iPhone!

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I LOVE this app. I sort of abandoned it for the past few months, but I started using it religiously last Sunday, and it really is helpful for losing weight!

When you first get the app, you can put in a few facts about yourself (starting weight, goal weight, activity level, etc) and the app will give you a daily calorie count based on your information, along with telling you approximately how long it should take you to reach your goal weight.

Every day you are shown a “Diary” page, where you put down everything you eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. The top of the page lists your calorie goal, how much you have eaten, how much exercise you did, and how many calories you have left.

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This is part of my diary from Thursday :) The absolute BEST part of this app is the fact that to get 95% of all your entries, you just have to scan the label of whatever you are eating, and the app searches it’s database and knows the entire nutrition information- down to how many vitamins are in it! Once you’ve chosen your food, you can say how much you had (one serving, half, 3/8, whatever) and it will add it to your diary. If what you are eating doesn’t have a nutrition label, you can search for items and it more than likely will be in the system. You can also add foods of your own, or even create your own recipes as I’ve just found out! So if you’re like me and make daily green smoothies, you just go to the recipes section, add in everything in it, and there you go! no need to put in every ingredient separately, and makes your diary page look less crazy :)

The other great thing about this is there hasn’t been a restaurant I’ve been to that it hasn’t had nutrition information for. Granted, yes, if you go to a local joint that doesn’t have a website, or doesn’t have nutrition information publicly available, then you might have some issues, but it’s really cool to be able to put in a restaurant name and the food I’m eating and know exactly how many calories it has.

The app also lets your see your Nutrient details (this is only really relevant if you are scanning items or the ones you search have more than just calories listed. I always seem to focus just on calories, but it’s neat to be able to see everything else listed, and see where problem areas are. Every day I seemed to have gone over my suggested sugar intake, and honestly I’m not surprised. I’m definitely going to try and work on that next week!

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Overall, this has REALLY helped me keep an eye on what I eat, and help me snack less (because honestly, having to write down that you ate a candy bar doesn’t feel great!). I’m sorry if this post sounded infomercialy at all, haha! I just think that this could be super useful to any of you trying to lose or gain weight, as well as anyone who just wants to start eating better.

Next week’s goals: Suck it up and work out more, limit sugars, and stretch more!

 

 

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35 comments

  1. jessica says:

    Using this app/website, and with diet and exercise I’ve lost 25 pounds since December 3rd. :) I love myfitnesspal, haha.

  2. Lexi says:

    I’ve used the website for nearly a year now and lost almost 60 pounds in that time. I love the whole Facebook-ish aspect of the website. I’ve got a small friends list and we constantly keep each other inspired. It helps to have those people there on the same journey who help hold me accountable for my choices.

    The app is amazing, I love having it at the ready anytime I need to put in my nutrition information. I love putting my recipes together with the scanning tool, so much easier than manually figuring everything.

    • Leesha says:

      60 pounds!! thats incredible! I’ve never gone on the actual website, just use it from my phone, but maybe I should start. And I just decided to try the recipe tool today, man that would have make my life easier with my smoothies lol

      • Lexi says:

        Thanks! I’ve still got a bit to go but this website has been a (literal) life saver for me. I’ve tried other diets in the past (Weight watchers, Atkins, etc) with no long-term success. MFP has really taught me how to eat and kept me accountable.

        I highly recommend the website, especially if you enjoy having people to connect with who are on the same journey. When you track on the website, you have the option of leaving your food diary open for people to see what you ate. I’m extremely curious about other people’s eating habits so I love creeping on their journals, lol.

        The forums are amazing too, I love going on and looking at all the success stories. I’ve been extremely unmotivated to exercise this week but as soon as I hopped on to look at others successes, I’ve gotten up to work out.

        This is turning into a huge novel so I’ll end it with this: MFP is amazing!

  3. Erika says:

    I just started using this app again at the start of the month. I love it. I love that I can scan the bar code to get the info from something I’m eating!!

  4. Angie says:

    This is so great, Leesha! I totally agree with you about not knowing how many calories we are consuming when we don’t count them. This app looks amazing! I will definitely look into this! When I was trying to lose the baby weight several years back I wrote down the calories I consumed like you did, which was SO hard to do! It is nice to see an app to make it easier now and that rocks you can scan an item! Sweet!! PS – I’m glad someone else shares my passion in both beauty & health! :)

  5. Danielle says:

    Wow, I’m gonna look into this app. I use their website but I’m not on my computer so often anymore, so I don’t log every day like I should. Having it on my smartphone, which is always with me, should straighten that right out! Thanks Leesha!

  6. Hollie says:

    I have an app like this on my iPhone called loseit! It’s a free app, and is basically the same thing as this. They also have a scale you can buy and it automatically updates your weight which is cool. I’m gonna try this one out though, cause sometimes loseit! doesn’t have the nutritional info, and it doesn’t do vitamins. I lost 30lbs on it last year.

  7. Julie says:

    I’m totally downloading this for my Android! I have another healthy app suggestion for you too. It’s called “Fooducate”. You scan the barcode of what you’re eating and it gives it a grade & then lists alternatives. So, for example, my favorite brand of salt & vinegar chips earned a D+ grade, and then it gives me other salt & vinegar snacks (chips, popcorn, etc) that have a higher grade. It’s super interesting & some things are even surprising. I use it all the time when I’m at the grocery store to help me make smarter food choices. Ahhh I hope my description makes sense, it was kind of hard to explain!

    • Leesha says:

      I have that app too! I remember one of the first things I tried with it was my favorite Naked Juice (Green Machine) and I was SHOCKED it got a C+ Rating.

  8. Amber says:

    i have used an app very similar to this for the iphone, it’s called “lose it” and i’ve lost 35 lbs with that and exercise.

  9. Kim Teague says:

    I really love this app it’s so amazing! I got it right after Christmas and started using it last week. I was inserting my dinner entry one day this week and I realized I came in under my calorie count it was so awesome to be able to see that and I love how easy it is to look foods up before ordering!
    I’ve tried 2 other Apps but this one is the best in my opinion…but yeah I need to exercise more too.

  10. AshleyWagy says:

    I have been using this app for like 3 years. I just had a baby two months ago and this app was fantastic When I was pregnant. Epecially when I was having bad cravings! lol I am now trying to lose the baby wieght and this app is definitly going to be helping. I will tell you though. The whole time I have been using this I did not know it scaned bar codes. Lol Thanks for letting me know! lol.

  11. Liz says:

    It’s a great app. I use it to to track what I eat and how much water I drink because it’s so much easier then writing it down.

    I also like when you hit “Complete This Entry” it tells you, “If every day were like today… You’d weigh xxx.x lbs in 5 weeks.” For me, it’s never accurate, but I still like it. But it cracks me up how it scolds me that I’m eating too few calories. I don’t use it to count calories, but it’s still interesting to me to see how many calories are in certain things. Like how some things are less calories than I would have thought and some are more.

    If you’re an outdoor exerciser, such as walking or running, Endomondo is a fantastic app for tracking distance! You can post your workouts to Facebook if you want. It even maps out your route, so my bf and I want to see what kind of shapes we can make while using it. I haven’t played around with all it’s features, but I love it. Especially since we’re training for an upcoming 12K, it really helps to make sure we’ve gone far enough during training, and it tells you your pace.

  12. Ioana says:

    I’ve used it too and love it!!! Lost about 80lbs using it after I had my son earlier last year. It’s really easy but it’s what you make it. You have to be honest when logging in and log in every bite!!!

  13. Lauren says:

    OMG! I am going to marry this and have its baby because it has Bill Millers in its archive! This is an incredible tool and I can’t wait to keep losing I lost 8lbs on my own and now I hope this helps me keep up the work. Living in Austin, have you ever hopped over to San Antonio and had Bill Millers? Just wondering :)

  14. Gabby says:

    I love this app!!! I’ve been using it for about 9 months and it’s helped me lose a lot more weight than I thought I could. I always seem to be going over my sugar level too…I guess it just proves how much sugar is in basically EVERYTHING and how careful you need to be!! :)

  15. Sammie says:

    I am SO glad you posted this! I’m starting a “life change” TOMORROW, and I’ve been looking for neat little tricks to help me stay on track. This sounds like exactly the kind of thing I need! :)

  16. Brittney4909 says:

    Another great app that is similar to this one is MyPlate by Livestrong.com

    I’ve been using it and it really is eye opening! I can’t believe howard calories and fat I’m ingesting when I think I’m being good. I’m goin to try this app and see if I like it better though. Thanks Leesha!

  17. Ashley says:

    I LOVE MFP! I have lost 10 lbs in the last two weeks (excited for weigh in on wednesday!) If anyone wants a new friend on there, add me! aigo86

  18. Miss Katie says:

    I use to be on this site but after you saying it actually helps, I’ve been on it more. I’m becoming addicted to it and making goals for myself. Like “find food with less calories” or “push an extra 10minutes working out” Workout is hard because I stopped a year ago because of various problems, but being on the site is motivation again! Thank you!

  19. Lisa says:

    Thank you SO MUCH for posting about this app Leesha!! I have lost 4.4kg (about 8pounds) since the day you posted this. I am ADDICTED and have about 6 of my family and friends using the app now too!!

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