So if you’ve been following my blog, you will have read about me using MyFitnessPal. In the past, I’ve used other various nutritional trackers like the ADA endorsed Pyramid.gov (Shift eyes from side to side looking for Big Brother), Livestrong’s TheDailyPlate for tracking my caloric/nutritional intake for my health classes. I had never used one to track my weight loss.
I have been using MyFitnessPal for about a week and I have to say that I’m impressed with how MyFitnessPal is setup. The program recalibrates the nutrients for every entry of weight loss. For instance I started at 245 pounds, at the time the program calculated the I needed 56 (g) grams of protein. As I continued to record my weight loss, my daily nutritional details recalibrated my protein needs to 48 (g). This helps prevent my metabolism from plateauing from having too much on any one nutrient, thus halting weigh loss. The site also records your exercise and is taken into account on your daily nutrient details, I earn back calories and nutrients to help maintain a health metabolism.
The site has a BMR, BMI, heart calculator. You have the ability to post badges and tickers on your blog that track your weight loss, you can join communities to increase the accountability factor and get support for others on the journey to a healthier weight. Gee, I didn’t really need to start this blog. Just kidding. MyfitnessPal can be downloaded you an iPad, iPhone, Android or blackberry. As if, electronics weren’t enough of a leash, now you’re accountable to your iPhone for your caloric intake. For those of us, like me, who have fallen off the weight loss wagon often enough that we relate to Pigpen’s dust cloud. MyFitnessPal, is a Pal.