When it comes to losing weight or getting into shape, social support can do wonders for the self-esteem and self-confidence. These are some of the focal points that users of MyFitnessPal appreciate. It’s not just an app that tracks a variety of metrics; it’s a system that can guide you onto the road of fitness.
What is MyFitnessPal?
MyFitnessPal is an app that helps you track a variety of foods and exercises. It also comes with a built-in social community allowing users to connect with each other for inspiring friendships as well as support. Loaded with an ever-growing database of foods and nutrition, it’s becoming quite a dominant app for those looking to live a healthier lifestyle. I’ve been using it now for more than a year, and it’s one of the most used apps on my smartphone.
Why Should You Want It?
Monitoring Food and Exercise
MyFitnessPal is a free to use system that tracks both food and exercise. Using metrics for calorie burn, it can help you focus on changing you eating habits – especially when you see just how much damage you do to yourself on a daily basis. The bright red numbers when you surpass certain goals can be heart wrenching. In fact, I had no idea that I ate so much sodium throughout my day until I started tracking all of my food.
For those who like to blog, like myself, MyFitnessPal also comes equipped with a basic blogging platform. From here you can make posts that others on the system can read. I made a few myself, but found that I could reach more people with my own website. That, and I just have way more features on this system. Still, using MyFitnessPal to blog is a great way to get yourself connected with the community.
The system integrates with other platforms for fitness. For example, my Fitbit Charge HR and Exercise.com both feed information into MyFitnessPal automatically. This gives an even more accurate portrayal of just how much I am burning compared to eating. There are many other apps that give information to MyFitnessPal if you want to use something else to track your activity.
Where Do You Get It?
Not only is MyFitnessPal available on the web through a browser portal, but you can also download it for Android and iOS. Personally, I have an Android LG G3 that it works perfectly on. You can get the app from here:
Pros and Cons of MyFitnessPal
Although I enjoy using MyFitnessPal, it does seem to have a few minor glitches in the system. However, some of these faults are not due to bad programming. In fact, the app itself is quite stable and easy to use.
- Integrates with many apps
- Ever-growing database of food
- Able to upload your own recipes either to share or to remain private
- Barcode scanning from your mobile device
- Basic weight loss widget for websites
- Nutrition values are often different – due to manufacturers changing recipes frequently
- Workouts from Exercise.com often double when integrating data – possibly by fault of Exercise.com
- Could use more widgets for sharing different aspects such as calorie goals for the day
- Food entries often have to be edited manually – this is because manufacturers often change production
The Bottom Line
As you can see, the cons list is pretty paltry when compared to what you gain with MyFitnessPal. It’s a good system for those who want to track their food intake and monitor just how healthy, or unhealthy, their daily eating habits are. You’d be shocked when you learn just how much badness you’re putting your body through. Personally, my jaw dropped after watching just how terrible my eating habits were throughout the week.
Take steps to promote a healthier lifestyle for yourself. It’s not just your personal appearance you should be concerned with, but also the variety of disease and damage that is caused to your internal organs as well as mental stability.