I might be the last person on the planet to diet. I hate the idea of hating on your own body! However, I can no longer rely on youth and activity alone to keep me healthy. I want to take care of my body and given my disdain for cooked vegetables (okay, most vegetables at all) that makes eating properly a huge challenge. I decided to try and improve what I put in my mouth by tracking it and low and behold the olden days of writing stuff down are long gone. I searched for calorie/nutritional Apps and I settled upon one that has quickly become my new food buddy. My Fitness Pal
has helped me see the true nutritional value or more often the lack there of, of my favorite foods. This nifty App lets you track everything you eat and displays the caloric intake, vitamins, sodium, sugars, fat, protein, etc... It lets you choose what factors you want to track and set your own goals. It also lets you factor in your exercise and keeps your weight and/or size measurements.
I was using this App for about a week when I overheard someone start talking about it at work. Before I knew a bunch of people chimed in that they used the App too and we had a huge conversation going about My Fitness Pal
. The general consensus was that people found it easy to use, it had a huge database of restaurant items, and tracked all sorts of metrics. The dislikes were mostly that homemade meals often had to be entered one item and a time, but after wards you could save the combination as a "meal" for next time.
Personally, I found that using the My Fitness Pal
for a week showed that I pretty consistently eat much less than my 2000 calorie recommended diet... And now for the bad news, I eat waaaaay to much sugar and don't get nearly enough Iron or Calcium. Now, just looking at the numbers reminds me to have a glass of milk, eat some carrots or peel a banana once in awhile. Whatever your fitness goals I'm willing to wager that this App will help you track and achieve them. And of course it's also available on the regular ol' Internet for those of you sans smartphones, as well as facebook, twitter and all the rest.