Now this won’t be for everyone, but for me I like to know not only what I’m putting in but taking out. With Fooducate I can quickly see on the go if that snack I grabbed is something I should really eat or maybe not. With MyFitnessPal I like to track what I eat in reference to what activities I’ve done. This also works well with the walking, because MyFitnessPal and Fitbit can link to each other. Meaning as I walk, it adjusts as it gets the data from Fitbit. This helps me watch what I eat or make better choices on the day-to-day. And if it is a day I work out, I can see good estimates on how much left I should take in calorie wise.
With MyFitnessPal, you can use it either on their website (www.myfitnesspal.com) or via their mobile app which is available for Android and iOS. Once you sign up for an account, you enter in some basic information about yourself. You’ll enter in your sex, height, weight, and a target weight you want to me. From there you’ll answer a questions about your type of lifestyle and then it will display a target daily calorie intake. Now I wouldn’t take this wholeheartedly, but more of a general guide. But now you can enter in the items you item and activities you do and you’ll see your calorie intake change as the day goes along. The goal is to take in your daily calorie intake for the day. Like Fooducate, you can the food you eat, which makes it easy to find in its database to add for your meals. You can also plan out your day based on Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner or whatever schedule you might eat towards.
Now I mentioned earlier that you can link Fitbit and MyFitnessPal together. MyFitnessPal has an app section that lets you link together a few other companies in helping with your tracking goals. Some of the popular ones include Fitbit, Runtastic, The Withings Wi-Fi Scale, and Jawbone UP to name a few. When you links these apps together, you create a seamless exercise. For me personally, my setup is like this. I own a Fitbit Flex for tracking my steps, and I have the Fitbit Aria scale. When I link to MyFitnessPal, they create a nice wireless way of inputting my information as it changes. I’ll input everything I eat into MyFitnessPal, then as I walk through out the day the two will talk to each other and MyFitnessPal will show how many calories I have left. This also sync to the Fitbit on in that app I can see if I’m over budget or under for the day. Now when I step on the Fitbit scale in the morning, it will send that information over to MyFitnessPal, and it will update the progress on my weight lost. At almost all I need to do is remembered to log what I eat, and the rest just happens in the background.
Again this won’t be for everyone, but if you want to measure your progress, you’ll need to track it somehow. Yes you can just eat and worked out, but hope to see some results, but what if you have done something for 3 weeks, and on week one you could have known it wasn’t working by the measures? If you do, you could have adjusted. Services like MyFitnessPal, help keep me in the know. And did I mention it is free. So give it a shot, and add let me know how it goes!