MyFitnessPal ~ My New Friend…A review

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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.

20 Superfoods that Boost Your Metabolism

Beans

Another ideal source of lean protein, full of both soluble and insoluble fiber help lower insulin levels after digestion, causing your body to store less fat.

Blueberries

Packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, high in potassium and vitamin C. This little berries can lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, can also reduce inflammatory.

Broccoli

Broccoli contains two essential nutrients, calcium and vitamin C, which team up to boost metabolism – What was President Bush 42 thinking?

Oats

While many foods, like those high in sugar, can cause blood sugar spikes that cue the body to store fat, oats and other whole grains stabilize your blood sugar after you eat. and ensures that you burn calories.

Oranges

Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit are in low-sugar and contain an antioxidant that has been research has found to reduce insulin levels after eating a meal.

Pumpkin

Salmon

High in Omega-3’s and considered as a  lean protein. I just wish had the palette and culinary skill to appreciate this source of protein. At least on this, my cooking skills meet my grandmothers.

Soy

Studies have shown soy beans contain plant sterols that low chostesterol as much as statins.

Spinach

Tea (green or black)

If you want to get your metabolism revving, choose green tea over black tea or coffee. It’s phytochemicals properties flavonoids and antioxidants, specifically EGCG has a thermogenic properties, promoting fat oxidation. That means it helps burn the calories from the food you’re eating while you’re eating and digesting it.

Tomatoes

Turkey

Lean protein, like turkey helps curb hunger and ensure that the weight you lose is fat, not muscle. Having a higher lean muscle mass helps burn more calories on a daily basis, aiding in long-term weight control.

Walnuts

Yogurt

Probiotics in products that contain live bacteria,help digest foods properly. Low-fat or fat-free yogurt great source of protein and calcium, and researchers have found that eating yogurt as part of a reduced-calorie diet can help burn fat faster than going without. Just stay way from the low-fat or fat-free they packed with sugar.