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MyFitnessPal: Tracking Workouts and Weight Loss

Apps that make my life easier are way up my street. For years, I’ve been using MyFitnessPal on and off, which whenever I use it, sees me lose a good chunk of weight. Whenever I get serious, I lose between 10lbs to a couple of stone using the app. Whatever your requirements are, whether you’re looking to lose weight, or if you’re looking to improve yourself, I can’t recommend this app enough. However, rather than just tell you that I recommend it, here’s what it does, what it can be used for and some of the other features.

Many of you are probably aware of apps such as Google Fit and Apple’s Health app. These are sometimes included as core applications as part of their respective phones. Google Fit is even in partnership with Pokemon Go, so it tracks how much you walk even when Pokemon Go isn’t running. Kind of. Anyway, ignoring the niggles of Google Fit, these are two apps that try to measure your fitness or health levels. So when I first heard about MyFitnessPal, all the way back in 2013, I knew I was onto a winner. It was back then that I was on the biggest health spree of my life.

Now, I’ve gotten complacent so recently I booted the app back up and in 3 weeks I’ve managed to lose 10lbs (well overdue!) Every time I use the app, I manage to do well off it. It allows you to track quite a few stats and figures, such as:

  • Calorie intake
  • Nutrients
  • Exercise
  • Weight lost/gained
  • Inches from chest, stomach, hips etc lost/gained

Basically, it’s a proper all-in-one journal for how well you’re doing on your weight loss journey.

You can also go for a premium subscription, which allows you to see the foods you’re eating in a lot more detail. In the free version, you can actually scan the barcodes of just about any food, which will give you its nutritional values. It also tries to give you a rough reading of the sort of intakes you should be aiming for every day. You can set what your goals for the app are, then it’ll guestimate how much you’ll need to consume per day to be healthily retaining, gaining or losing weight. This also links into my FitBit, which I have been wearing frequently since getting it in December. Perhaps I’ll do an article on FitBits at some point soon?

If you use any other fitness app, what do you use? Do you personally get any success from logging your diet or workouts? Is this something that’s been on your radar for a while? As ever, share your thoughts in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter.

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