How much do we all love this site? I know, right? It’s insane how useful it is and so easy. The name is so spot on. It truly is MyFitness Pal. 🙂
Well, recently I discovered some features that I’m not sure everyone knows about because I didn’t know about them. Whenever I find something, ANYTHING, that I think will help me lose weight, then I gotta share it with you as fast as possible so that you can lose more weight too. We’re in this together! So here are 5 features of MyFitnessPal that I think will help you lose weight faster, starting today!
- When you are in the “Food Diary” section where you enter in all of your food, at the bottom of the entry, just under the summation section, you will see a button that says “Save This Entry” when you hit that button is registers how your total calorie consumption for the day factors into your overall plan that you set for yourself and it calculates how much weight you would weight in 5 weeks if you continued to eat like that day. So for instance last Thursday, April 14, 2016, my screen said, “If every day were like today… You’d weigh 5 lbs in 5 weeks”.
This is a very powerful statement. To see this change in bold – you may like the number, you may not like the number but it’s motivating either way. Either you like it and it’s motivating you to continue to eat that way or you don’t like that number and it motivates you to change your behavior as soon as possible – like tomorrow! Either way, seeing that future number, what you will weight in 5 weeks reminds you that one way or another 5 weeks will come and go – the only question is -where will you be?
- When you use the exercise log, you have the option of putting in your total time or distance for the workout and then just entering “1” for calories. I have written many times on this blog about the danger in overcompensating for your eating with exercising. If you have that issue, like I do, or you even if you just want faster results with your weight loss, do this. Enter a “1” for calories for the workout but still log the total time/distance for the workout. That way you keep track of all your workouts but the calories burned won’t get applied to your overall intake. IF you put in the true calories then the program will add that back in as allowable calories you can eat during the day because it has already established a “weight loss rate” of total calorie consumption per day sans workout.
- Support Groups. I don’t know if you know this but MyFitnessPal has an incredible forum section with all sorts of groups of people waiting to become your weight loss buddy. Then once you join those groups you can invite those people to look at your daily logs and they will post words of support and encouragement directly to your page. It’s very supportive and helpful. Check it out!
- Free Phone App! As thorough as MyFitnessPal is, I never want to be without it no matte rhwere I am. You know the rule: You bite it, You write it! So, lucky for us, MyFitnessPal has a free app for the phone. So no matter where you are or what you’re doing, if you bite it, grab your phone, enter it in and keep it moving!
- Recipe importer. This is my favorite thing about MyFitnessPal to date and I just realized it existed. Doy! You can enter in your own recipe, step by step. BUT – if you have a recipe saved somewhere elese or you got a recipe somewhere else on another website, say Pinterest, you can cut/past the url of that recipe directly into MyFitnessPal and they will do the rest of the work for you and pump our a calories and nutrition sheet to save into your Recipes folder. Brilliant! You can even cut/paste the url, then manually go back in and delete things. Like, last week when I did talked about my weekly meal prep and I cooked Pinch of Yum’s Garlic Basil Chicken with Tomato Butter Sauce, I wanted to use Zucchini noodles instead of pasta. I didn’t know about this tool. So I looked up pasta (2 oz.) as the recipe called for then manually subtracted that out of the total calories in the recipe and saved it like that. Then entered in the sautéed zucchini noodles as a separate option. What I could’ve done was simple cut/past the url then delete that one item and add the zucchini right there and the recipe would’ve saved as such forever in my recipe box. So much easier! I was able to do this from my Plan to Eat recipe box as well. I had these recipes saved there and they do their own nutrition bar but I was able to cut/paste all of those into MyFitnessPal in like 2 mintues and have that same list reflected there as well, all ready to use when I set up my meal plan for the week!
If you’re like me and you need to know how many calories you are consuming this tool can help you a lot! Especially if you cook, which you should be doing anyway because you are trying to be your healthiest self!
Okay, that’s it. I hope this helped. MyFitnessPal is a great tool to use to journal your food. As I stated in my Goals for 2016 ,one of my biggest hold ups with my weight loss is that I haven’t been consistent with journaling and I know that if I can just get better at that it will show in weight loss results. I know this! And MyFitnessPal is one more way to make that easier for me. So much easier. I hope it can do that for you tool.
[As part of my accountability goals, I’m sharing my daily log with the all of your lovely readers. Check it out here: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary/FoodLoveGirl ]
Do you have any tricks that you’ve found with MyFitnessPal that work for you? Share in the comments! I’d love to hear them!
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