I thought I’d try something new here on The Lunchbox Diaries. How about a Friday Fitness post every – you guessed it! – Friday. Just an average girl’s take on fitness trends, fitness attempts, and fitness failures. All with a sense of humor, of course
We’ll see how it goes.
I’ve been hearing rave reviews from my friends about My Fitness Pal.
I’ve shied away from apps like this because I refuse to count calories. And while I like to think I’m pretty good at portion control, I don’t meticulously measure out how much peanut butter I’m putting in my morning oatmeal.
That said – I’ve been feeling a little bloated lately. Blame it on the heat (or the Sweet Frog) but I feel like I could lose a pound or two (literally) and feel much more comfortable.
So, rather than taking matters into my own hands, I turned to an iPhone app for help. It was super easy (and free) to sign up, which I appreciated.
Three things to point out here:
1. Yes, I put my weight on the internet. Sorry if that bothers/offends/grosses anyone out.
2. And while it is the truth, I do have a desk job, I hate choosing a “sedentary” lifestyle. That’s just depressing.
3. I feel like 1,200 calories isn’t enough. #nomnomnomm
Next came the entering of calories and serving sizes. I have to admit, this program makes it insanely easy to track everything I put into my mouth. Every food I searched came up in the database, which was quite impressive.
PS – Cory’s favorite dinner is hot dogs and velveeta mac ‘n cheese. Of course that’s what I’d eat the night I start tracking my nutrition and calorie consumption for the entire interweb to see.
Just keepin’ it real, folks. Just keepin’ it real.
I was surprised by how close I came to 1,200 calories. I didn’t snack at all yesterday, which is out of the ordinary for me, and I didn’t add 1/3 cup milk I put in my oats.
In a painful way, it’s good to see not just the calories, but the fat, carbs, and protein, too. I wish sugar and sodium were in there as well.
With My Fitness Pal, you can also track how many calories you burn per workout. My only real complaint is that you can’t search fitness classes – and that’s pretty much my workout routine these days.
I’ve broken up with running yet again, so it’s difficult to calculate how many calories I’m burning during my morning workouts.
I need a Nike+ FuelBand. Seriously. Have you seen one of those things?!
Overall, I think this is quite a user-friendly weight loss tool. If you’re looking to drop a good bit of weight (i.e. not three pounds), I’d highly recommend My Fitness Pal. It takes the hard work out of counting calories, which I think is super helpful in keeping someone track!
Let’s chat – Have you/do you use(d) any weight loss tools like My Fitness Pal? Were you pleased with the results?