The secret to weight loss is no secret! Burn more calories than you consume…do that every day and you will lose weight. Trouble is it is a lot easier said than done. In my experience keeping track of my food intake helped me lose weight. A number of scientific studies confirm my experience. For example:
[su_note note_color=”#e5e5e3″]A 2008 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that keeping a “food diary” may double your weight loss efforts. Researchers from Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health & Research kept tabs on 1,685 overweight and obese adults and after 20 weeks, the average weight loss was 13 pounds per person. The study showed the more participants recorded what they ate, the more weight they lost in the end. Participants who did not keep a food diary lost about 9 pounds over the course of the study, while those who recorded their food intake six or more days per week lost 18 pounds—twice as much as those who didn’t track any food![/su_note]
Now, I have used dozens of apps and or websites to track my weight loss regimen and all were less than convenient especially when it came to recording the nutritional value of the foods I ate. Too many times I had to spend time copying data off the labels. Until I found MyFitNessPal
MyFitnessPal doesn’t do a lot, but what it does do it does really well. Most importantly keeping track of food intake is really simple. The database contains more than 3,000,000 items and you can search by name or even simpler, scan the barcode. So far everything I have wanted to scan has been in the database…even store brands.
Next you want to keep track of your exercise. MyFitnessPal has more than 350 exercise stored in its database, and it shows how much you burn during each activity. It is customized based on your specific height, weight, and gender. The database includes most cardio and strength training workouts, as well as yoga and Pilates. If you have a more accurate number say from the particular machine you can use that value instead.
If you use another app or device to track your exercise MyFitnessApp will synchronize with 42 apps or devices. For example I wear a Fitbit Flex and am able to sync its app with MyFitnessApp so I don’t have to worry it. It also syncs with MapMyRide the app I use to keep track of my cycling exercise.
If you like to be a part of a community and share your experiences MyFitnessApp website offers only a message board, groups formed by other users and blogs…The mobile apps however, allow you to share on Facebook.
Available free as a Website or apps for iOS, Android Blackberry or Windows Phone is the best and easiest to use app for keeping track of food intake and exercise I have ever used. Why not take a look at the website and download the mobile app of your choice, give it a try and let me know what you think.