You may have heard that if you burn 3,500 calories you’ll lose one pound, or that losing weight is as simple as “calories in versus calories burned”. But do you know how many calories are in the foods you’re eating or how much you burn out for a walk?
If you’re like most of us, logging all your calories can seem like an overwhelming task. But now there’s a free online tool called MyFitnessPal
that makes keeping track of
Available as both a website and mobile app for android and iPhone users, MyFitnessPal
offers several key features:
The MyFitnessPal food database is huge and includes items from popular grocery chains and restaurants. You can search for the food by name, or scan the barcode of packaged food and the nutrition info will be added directly to your daily diary.
The recipe builder allows you to calculate the nutrition content of dishes you make at home. All you need to do is enter in the ingredients and number of servings.
MyFitnessPal’s exercise calculators will quickly add the calories burned for all of your physical activity to your daily diary, all based on your own body stats.
MyFitnessPal includes areas to enter your weight and body measurements and will show you a chart of your progress over the span of 1 to 3 months.
Message boards, groups & blogs:
MyFitnessPal has a very active community of members on the message boards, groups, and blogs. It’s a great place to ask questions, discuss experiences, and offer encouragement and support to other members.
MyFitnessPal also has a BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) and BMI (Body Mass Index) calculator. The BMR calculator calculates the amount of calories your body burns every day regardless of your activity level. The BMI calculator helps you find a healthy weight range base on your height and weight.
You can download the free app on iTunes
or the Google Play Store
or visit the full MyFitnessPal site