My Fitness Pal
This app is a great way to keep your “calories in, calories out” in check. This app lets you keep a food diary, but does all of the calculating for you. It already has thousands and thousands of food items already pre-loaded into its database, but the other really cool thing about it is that it has a bar code scanner. That’s right, no more manually typing in the calories, serving sizes, and all of the other nutritional information, just scan and save and you are set. I think that’s my favorite part. As you add foods to your diary, it keeps track of how many calories you have left for the day. How awesome is that?
When you set up your account, you put in your current height and weight and so on. My Fitness Pal calculates your BMI as well as your BMR (resting metabolic rate). The BMR is important because if you know how many calories you burn resting, you know how the calorie range you need to stay in each day. It also gives you daily goals for sodium, protein, cholesterol, potassium, calcium, and so on.
Another really cool feature is that you can add in when you exercise and it calculates the calories burned. It then adds those calories into your daily allotted calories and increases the amount accordingly. See, it totally takes all of the work out of it for you. So far, my assistant has lost 14 lbs using this app along with her running.
According to their website, here is what you get with your FREE (free is good, right?) membership to My Fitness Pal.
- The easiest to use food diary on the web - Track what you eat with just a few clicks from anywhere with an internet connection – at home or at work
- A searchable food database of over 1,582,000 items - and it’s growing everyday!
- Your own personal food database - add your own foods and recipes at any time and access them from anywhere with an internet connection
- Free mobile apps for iPhone and Android - so you can log your meals and exercise even when you are on the go
- Support and motivation from people just like you – Our discussion forums let you learn from others, share your own tips, receive and give encouragement, and make friends.
- A personalized diet profile - customized to your unique weight loss goals.
- Flexibility - our system can support any diet like Atkins, the South Beach Diet, the Zone, and more. No matter what diet you’re on, we can help.
I’m really excited to be using this app and look forward to seeing the results!