iPad Fitness Part 2: Eating Right with MyFitnessPal

A Fitness Journey Begins

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I was determined to alter my bad habits and start gaining control of my fitness. I had some trouble integrating Fitstar into my routine, mostly because I was stressed over some work I needed to get done for some clients. However, as a freelance writer, I know that there’s always going to be clients who need me to get things done, and I need to find a way to work exercise into my busy life. So, for this week anyway, I’m working out in the mornings while my wife and daughters are at swim practice in a neighboring town. So far it is going well.

The Importance of Diet

Exercise is only half the picture when it comes to fitness: you need to control what you’re eating, and how much. This is where I have been weak in the past. I love snacking, and sweet, sugary goodness. I have a wife who loves to bake, and I love to eat. I’ve tried some different things before with mixed results. However, my friend Stephanie tipped me off to the nutrition app that she uses, MyFitnessPal, and I finally had the courage to download and use it, starting over this last weekend. I cannot recommend it enough if you are looking for an App that will help you control what you eat.

MyFitnessPal is free, which made me wary at first. Most free Apps I’ve downloaded have been either full of obnoxious adds, or lacking basic functionality in such a fundamental way that you need to buy all of its in-App purchases if you actually want it to do anything. Or both. Thankfully, MyFitnessPal is different.

MyFitnessPal Home Screen

You begin planning your diet by writing in your fitness goals. I decided I would shoot for trying to lose two pounds a week, which I think sounds very doable. MyFitnessPal then told me how many calories I should allot myself every day. Each day, I record what I am eating. The App keeps track of several metrics besides calories, including protein, carbs, fat, and sugar intake. Even while eating low-cal, I learned very quickly that I still need to watch my sugar, fat, and sodium intake.

MyFitnessPal Food Screen

MyFitnessPal Gives Me Control Over My Diet

An App like this is only as good as your self-discipline, so I’ve taken up the habit of recording my food before every meal. This has helped me to make healthier choices in what I eat. The other night, the family and I sat down to enjoy some homemade oatmeal pancakes. I looked up Maple Syrup and quickly saw that it would not only put me over the line calorie-wise, but was also way too high in sugar content (surprise, surprise). So I opted for a more healthy choice – Applesauce.

So far, I like MyFitnessPal. It helps me make better choices and, more importantly, gives me a sense of control over my own health that I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever experienced before. In a couple of weeks, we’ll see how well I’m progressing with a weigh-in.

MyFitnessPal via the App Store

Do you use your iPad to help with your fitness goals? What Apps do you use and how do you fit it into your schedule? Send me your stories: editor[at]iPad4Life.net .

 

3 thoughts on “iPad Fitness Part 2: Eating Right with MyFitnessPal

  1. Glad I could help! I don’t know if you noticed this, but your needs change depending on how much you exercise. I have it set at a certain calorie intake per day, and when I add exercises into my day my calories do not change but my fat/carb/protein/sugar/fiber amounts go up.

    • I did notice – exercising is like getting a little reward, which makes this App ideal for tapping into the human Habit Loop. I’m hoping this helps me stick with it and persist. Thanks again, Steph!

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