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What You Eat Matters! Use Myfitnesspal to Keep Track Of Your Eating Habit

What You Eat Matters! Use Myfitnesspal to Keep Track Of Your Eating Habit
From Lifehack - September 27, 2017

Its easy to remember what you had for dinner yesterday, but what if I asked you what you ate last Friday? Most of us have difficulty keeping track of our food choices. When you dont record what youve eaten, its easy to overeat.Its easy to remember what you had for dinner yesterday, but what if I asked you what you ate last Friday? Most of us have difficulty keeping track of our food choices. When you dont record what youve eaten, its easy to overeat.

Recalling what you had for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is one thing, but do you remembering snacks can be problematic. Did you take one of the doughnuts that your boss bought for the office? Would you remember the late-night ice-cream binge or the post-work-week snack attack? Even if you could recall all the things youve eaten, youd have a hard time remembering the size of the portion that you consumed.

Being unaware of your caloric intake can make it difficult to lose weight. Instead of identifying constructive ways to shed pounds, lots of us resort to beating ourselves up or trying to stick to a boring or restrictive diet.

You cant solve a problem until you identify its TRUE cause

If you want to get to the root of your unhealthy habits, collect some data on yourself. By looking at precisely what you eat, youll be able to home in on dieting missteps that are making you unhealthy.

Think about the last time you tried to solve a problem without knowing what caused it in the first place. Its nearly impossible to come up with a solution unless you have a clear overview of the situation. Your health and wellness is no different. By writing down exactly what you eat and how much of it you consume, you can make healthy dietary adjustments.

MyFitnessPal helps you collect the information you need

If you find the idea of keeping a food journal cumbersome, theres a streamlined electronic food journal that can help you make informed decisions about your eating habits. MyFitnessPal is an app that enables you to record data about your meals and snacks.

Using this app is superior to other food journals because it allows you to set goals for yourself and track your choices in real time. It can project the approximate number of calories you should take in based on the information you supply.

Besides having a quick and easy way to enter meals and snacks, youll be able to pull from a database of over 5 million foods to find the best estimate of how many calories youve consumed. If you eat at a restaurant or enjoy food without a nutrition label, you can search the database to figure out the nutritional value of those items.

You can also log exercise in MyFitnessPal in order to determine how that affects your necessary intake for the day. The app is also designed to interface with wearable fitness trackers and apps so that you can sync your data to get the clearest picture about your health. If you want to make a change but cant hire a trainer or a dietitian, this app may give you the tools to get you started on your wellness journey.

How to use MyFitnessPals best features

Set your calorie intake target

After youve created a MyFitnessPal profile, youll have a chance to set your health and fitness goals. Note that you can set these goals in-app or on the desktop version of the service.

On the desktop version, go to the Goals tab and click on View Guided Setup to change your goals at any time. The link will take you to a page called Update your diet profile.

It will give you a chance to input your weight, height, and activity level. Youll also select if you are trying lose, gain, or maintain your weight.

After youve recorded that information, the app will determine the number of calories that you should consume each day to reach your goals. You can find that number by clicking on the My Home tab, or going to the Goals tab (shown below).

You can make changes to customize and refine your goals as your needs change. Checking and updating your goals on the app is simple as well. Just click on the sidebar menu and go to Goals to have the information in the palm of your hand.

Scan barcodes to get all the information you need

While many of the features of MyFitnessPal are accessible on the website as well as through the app, the barcode scanner is only available through your phone. In future updates, the company would like to include a manual input option for barcodes numbers, but until then, we still have our phones.

On the top left, click on the sidebar menu to show your options. Scroll down to Diary and click on it. Select a meal. Youll get a screen that looks like this:

On the top right-hand side, notice the symbol that looks like a bar code. Click that symbol, which will open a scanner. Scan the barcode for the item you ate. This will load the nutrition facts for that item, which will appear like the image below.

You can adjust the serving size and number of servings to get an accurate reflection of your intake. When all of your information is correct, hit the check mark in the top right-hand corner. This action not only enters the food into your food journal, but it also subtracts the number of calories from your caloric intake goal.

Check your overall statistics to see your progress

Input exercise data

If they dont have barcodes, search for it

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MyFitnessPal keeps you accountable and visualise your small progress

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