How To Use My Fitness Pal For Weight Loss Success
Do you use MyFitnessPal? Easily reach your health and fitness goals with this free app From tracking your healthy recipe calories and macros to staying on track with workouts. Perfect for beginners and those that need a challenge, here’s how to use the My Fitness Pal app.
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My Fitness Pal is my favorite (and most used) app on my iPhone, I recommend it to everyone. It’s how I stay accountable and successful in my health and fitness goals. Lately, I have had a few of you asking me questions on the ins and outs of MFP. It’s the perfect time for a post if you ask me.
My Fitness Pal: What Is It?
My Fitness Pal is app to track and monitor your health and fitness goals. You can track the calories you consume, the calories you burn and your macros (percentages of protein, carbs, and fat intake). You can take it a step further and add friends to help keep you motivated and write on their “wall”. It’s fitness social media: there are message boards, support forums, and recipe options.
MFP can be used as an app and/or you can use the website. I have noticed that it looks a little different on each the iPhone, iPad, and website but in the end, it works the same.
It’s easier for me to show you
This is what the home screen on my iPad looks like.
It looks a little different on my iPhone and on the computer, but this is my favorite view. I like it because it shows my macros right away (in the iPhone you have to hit daily and then the pie chart symbol). Other then that I don’t pay much attention to my home screen, I glance at my newsfeed but don’t pay too much attention to it.
Note: when you complete a workout or diary entry – MFP will automatically publish it to your newsfeed.
How To Use My Fitness Pal
Logging food into My Fitness Pal recipes is the most important thing I can do to stay on track.
I notice that on days where I don’t log – I throw caution to the wind and eat all the things.
I don’t count at all if I don’t use my app and I usually overindulge on those days and pay for it by feeling sluggish for the next couple.
Now for those of you who are overwhelmed with the idea of counting calories here is the beautiful thing about My Fitness Pal – IT DOES IT FOR YOU.
How to log food into MyFitness Pal
- Click on your food tab. Then on the top right corner hit “Add” and then pick what meal (you can customize what your meals say in options) or you can click “+ Add To Meal” as a shortcut.
- You will then be able to search for the food, or if you have used it before it will show up on your “Recent Foods”.
- If what you’re about to eat/drink has a barcode you can click on the barcode scanner and input it that way.
- You will be then prompted to enter your servings.
- Click your serving size, select what you’re about to eat (ie: one medium, large, small head, 1 cup, etc of cauliflower) and then the amount you had.
- Click add and you have added it to your food diary.
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Logging exercise is very similar to logging food.
- Click ” + Add Cardiovascular” and search for the exercise you just did.
- MFP then calculates your weight and height and gives you an idea on how much you burned.
- If you have a Fit Bit or a Heart Rate Monitor you can upload and input the exact amount of calories burned (I haven’t tried this yet).
- Since strength training is hard to determine the caloric burn for everyone, no calories are put in when you log under the strength part. You can keep track of your reps, max weight, fails, etc.
Updated 2019: Apple Watch, Fitbit will automatically sync with MyFitnessPal. You no longer need to upload it manually.
Randa’s Tip: I personally have the Apple Watch Series 4 and it’s amazing, but before I had the FitBit Blaze and it as awesome
Finishing Your Day
When your day is finished, just hit “Complete This Entry”. You will then be directed to what you would weigh in 5 weeks time if you were to continue what you did that day (for better or for worse).
This feature can be cool, but I honestly do not feel the need to have this determine my success. I have learned over the years that your body composition and non scale victories are what matter.
MyFitness Pal has amazing features, don’t get me wrong, but I simply use it as a tracker to make sure I am getting enough fuel to reach my goals.
Does MyFitnessPal work?
It’s going to depend on if you use the app or not. I really like it, not just for logging but to see how far I have come.
I’m a data nerd, so I really like the progress tab.
I’m really into graphs, charts and all sorts of nerdy statistics when it comes to my fitness. So this is perfect.
I can chart and see my progress for the last 30, 60 and 90 days. I can also switch between my weight, body fat %, and measurements.
My weight graph is going up, but my measurements are going down after doing Focus T25. I love seeing those numbers.
I don’t participate in the forums much (that’s a website thing only, you can’t access them on the app) but I do access the recipe database often.
When I cook dinner for my family I’ll add all the ingredients and the servings and MFP does it for me. I’ll be doing a post on how to add a recipe later.
I hope this helped you learn the in’s and outs of My Fitness Pal.
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Video of How to Use MyFitnessPal
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