What is MyFitnessPal?
MyFitnessPal is a fitness app that you can download on your smartphone (iOS and Android). The main purpose of MyFitnessPal is to track and keep a food dairy for the user. Keeping track of the food that you eat is only the most basic of functions that this app does for the user; there is so much more which I will elaborate in the course of this article.
How Much is the MyFitnessPal app?
MyFitnessPal is available for FREE
MyFitnessPal doesn’t cost you a thing. If you have an Apple iPhone or any Android phone just download it free on the App Store or on Google Play. Then sign up which includes inputting your body measurements such as weight, height etc. and you are ready to go.
You can then set your personal fitness goals and the app will calculate and determine the amount of calories you need to consume to reach them. MyFitnessPal is almost like a mini-self nutritionist on your phone.
For example if your goal is to lose 5kg then the app will calculate based on your measurements, age, gender etc. and estimate the calories you should eat. What you will notice is that these calories will drop each day/week depending on how quick you want to reach your goal.
As you know the app is free and it is incredible the way it is, however there is a price for MyFitnessPal premium users. This includes:
- Priority customer support: jump straight to the front of line to get support
- Ad free
- Exclusive content: tips and articles
- Clearer layout on macronutrients such as percentages and charts
The main benefit which premium membership offers is displaying a clearer layout. It does make it easier for visual people to see their macro breakdown in a pie charts instead of just numbers. Another benefit is having the ability to change macronutrient into unit from grams to a percentage. If you enjoy reading fitness articles then you will find there are more available to read as a premium membership. Overall in my personal opinion is that you do not need to go premium to benefit from MyFitnessPal.
However if you are interested prices for premium membership are for monthly subscription £7.99 or an annual price of £39.99.
MyFitnessPal Counts Your Calories
If counting calories and keeping track of all your food in one place isn’t enough. MyFitnessPal helps you reach your fitness goals. As many of you should know by now that nutrition plays a massive role in determining how you look.
MyFitnessPal also tracks your macronutrients (macros) so that’s your protein, carbohydrates and fats. My manipulation the percentage in which you eat your macros will help you put on more muscle, shred fat and lose weight.
In addition to calories and macros the app also tracks sodium (salt) in food, fibre and sugars. These play a big part in maintaining a healthy body. Too much salt and too much sugar is a recipe for disaster.
Too much salt and sugar in the long term leads to cardiovascular diseases. Consuming large amounts of sugar (soft drinks, biscuits, deserts etc.) will lead to obesity.
MyFitnessPal Will Help You Lose Fat
This app makes it easy for even dummies (no offence intended). For someone that doesn’t have a clue about fats, proteins and carbohydrates then MyFitnessPal is the most ideal app. It will educate you but more important it will make your life easier in helping you achieve your ideal body weight.
To describe in the simplest way to lose fat, one must consume less calories than what the body needs. Using MyFitnessPal will track all the calories you eat as long as you scan the food. Hold up, what happens if it’s homemade food that you have eaten? No problem. MyFitnessPal has a massive database of what feels like all foods.
All you need to do is manually search the food item: “white rice” and “jerk chicken” and you can choose the most appropriate.
An important thing to notice is to be aware of portion size when you input your food data. The size of your food portion has direct effect on reaching your goals. You can also search food in smaller categories such as searching for chicken leg instead of just chicken.
Checkout my How To Lose Belly Fat article which further explains the most effective way to lose belly fat. In the article I reveal the formula to lose fat which works for everyone. I then prescribe some useful tips which you can practice instantly to see faster results.
Quick steps to help you get started
- Download the app for free
- Sign up and input details
- Begin tracking what you eat by scanning barcode of food using your camera and app
- Search for food manually if required
- Track you calories and stick to daily target
- Continue following app and sticking to daily targets which will adjust in small decrements
- Weigh yourself or look in the mirror and see results
Build Muscle With MyFitnessPal
MyFitnessPal is an excellent tool for helping one build muscle. Why would anyone, wanting to build muscle do everything right in the gym but do everything wrong in the kitchen? One of the most import parts of nutrition and building muscle is eating enough calories and enough protein.
This app makes tracking protein super easy. Scan your food and type them in manually and you will see each macro per portion of food you eat. You can also customise the portion size in grams accordingly. You can even search the food that you are about to order before ordering it.
MyFitnessPal Tracks Your Steps
MyFitnessPal will sync seamlessly with modern smartphones that detect your steps. This means without you lifting a finger it will automatically sync your steps and subtract the relevant calories onto the app. This gives you more detail in regards to calorie counting which will serve you better for your fitness goals.
You can add a given exercise or sport activity. MyFitnessPal will then automatically subtract the calories you burned from the given exercise onto your food diary.
PROs of using MyFitnessPal
- Quick and easy to use
- Tracks calories in each food and drink you consume
- Tracks macros such as: protein, carbohydrates and fats
- Calculates calories burned during exercise
- Automatic feature compatible with your smart that tracks your steps and calories burned
- Useful tips and articles for free (more content available for premium members)
Over 5 Million Foods
What makes MyFitnessPal such an astonishing app is the fact that it’s simple and easy use. The whole principle of this app is making life easier. Keeping track of the food you eat and drink to accomplish a healthier and fitter lifestyle couldn’t be made easier.
Another bonus of this app is that you can practically find every food/drink that you eat in the app. As stated in the heading, there are over 5 million foods on the MyFitnessPal database. So that means whether you have a homemade, prepared supermarket or a fast food meal you can track it on the app.
The list of food is almost endless. When you search for food and you haven’t quite found what you was looking for, then scroll down below and search for more.
To achieve the goal you want you need to be honest with yourself. So if you are eating something that you’re not supposed to then track it on the app. Track everything that you eat or drink which also includes snacks. That way you can ensure what foods and meals are affecting your goals so that you can fix it.