Continuing the series discussing some of my favorite apps...
When I first created my customized profile on MyFitnessPal, besides entering my age, gender, and activity level, I was also able to add how much weight I wanted to lose. Based on my profile, MyFitnessPal set a healthy time frame for me to do so and offered the number of calories I should strive to eat every day to meet my goal. Besides tracking calories, I like that MyFitnessPal tracks more than just calories. With charts and graphs, the app easily displays my nutritional breakdowns and exercise habits. All of this makes it easy to see where I am overdoing it and where I need to step it up — whether that was exercising more or eating less carbs.
MyFitnessPal has over two million food entries in its database, and it is easy for me to find the foods I eat. It even includes some restaurant foods! If something isn't already in the database, it is easy to add it. I simply plug in all the stats from the nutritional label, and MyFitnessPal automatically saves it in the database for future use.
When it comes to workouts, over 350 forms of cardio and strength-training exercises currently exist in the database. To log exercise, you add the amount of time you spent doing the specific activity or the number of reps. Then, MyFitnessPal generates the number of calories burned and adds it to your log for the day.
Overall, I have found that MyFitnessPal has made me more aware of the foods I put into my body (and portions!) as well as how much exercise I need to do in order to meet my goals.
There is also an option to join the community of MyFitnessPal for added motivation, however I have a private profile and choose to only share my profile with a few select people :)
You can sign up for an account online (http://www.myfitnesspal.com/) and download the app for FREE!