11 Things You’ll Learn When You Start Counting Calories with MyFitnessPal

by Glennis Coursey
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11 Things You’ll Learn When You Start Counting Calories with MyFitnessPal

There’s simply no easier way to track your food, activity, steps, water, weight and measurements than MyFitnessPal. That’s why more than 100 million people have used the app to live healthier and happier lives.

All of our features are designed to set you up for success. We provide the tools you need to reach your goals, like our barcode scanner, recipe importer, progress charts and custom reminders. Using the biggest food database in the world—more than 6 million foods—will allow you to find exactly what you want to track.

Here are 11 insights you’re sure to learn when you commit to tracking:

1. You’ll have access to a clear plan for reaching your weight-loss goals.

Think of MyFitnessPal as a personal guide on your journey to better health. You’ll have access to your daily calories, plus macronutrient and micronutrient targets designed to help you reach your goals.

2. You’ll find that tracking gets faster and easier the more you do it.

MyFitnessPal learns about the foods you eat, the recipes you cook and the exercises that are part of your routine, and we prompt you to save the foods and activities you enter often. This saves you time and makes tracking easier the more you do it.

3. You can build the habit at your own pace.

Some people hit the ground running with tracking. For others, it takes a little time to get into a groove. Whether you want to track all your meals in the evening, just focus on tracking breakfast for a while or only track during weekdays, you can build the habit at your own pace.

4. You’ll learn how to modify your behavior to reach your goals.

Tracking provides instant feedback on your choices. For example, if you track a breakfast that’s high in carbohydrates, you can aim to eat more protein at lunch.

5. You’ll discover mini changes that have a big impact.

Whether it’s swapping mayonnaise for mustard, black coffee for your morning latte or Greek yogurt for sour cream, you’ll start to discover small changes you can make to your diet that have a big impact on your calories over time.


6. You’ll learn how exercise impacts your daily calorie goal.

Tracking your exercise teaches you how different workout types, durations and intensities impact the number of calories you burn. On days when you go over your calorie goal, you’ll know just how much exercise it takes to get back on track.

7. You’ll experience small successes on the way to your bigger goals.

There are so many ways to succeed when you’re tracking. You can hit a login streak, stay under your calorie goal for five days in a row or see your weight go down on the scale. All of these victories will help you stay motivated as you work toward your larger goal.

8. You’ll learn what real portion sizes are.

It’s easier to make informed decisions about food when you understand portion sizes. The more you track, the easier it will get to identify a recommended serving of food and the number of calories each portion contains.

9. You’ll stay accountable and motivated.

When you’re tracking, you have a visual record of everything you’ve eaten during the day. You may find that you begin looking differently at a handful of candies, extra slice of pizza or super-size popcorn when you know you’ll be recording it.

10. You will bounce back more easily after unhealthy days.

Everyone has days when they go over their calorie goals. When you’re tracking, you’ll know what you need to do to hit the reset button and how to adjust your behavior the following day.

11. You will help maintain your weight loss.

When you’ve reached your goal weight and are ready to shift focus to maintenance, MyFitnessPal will suggest new calorie and nutrient goals to help you keep your weight steady. Sticking with your tracking habit will set you up for success during this new phase of your healthy journey.

Still not convinced that tracking makes it easier to reach your health goals?

Consider this: A whopping 88% of people who track on MyFitnessPal for seven days lose weight.

Happy tracking!


  • Smith Martin

    Great article .It is really informative and shareable article .A big thanks for sharing the article with us .

    • Kelly

      MyFitnessPal is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I saw a friend of mine I hadn’t seen in a long time and almost didn’t recognize her. I asked her what she was doing and she hooked me up to MyFitnessPal. I have to say I am so excited and proud I’ve lost 19.8 pounds since the end of October. Thank you all at MyFitnessPal. I’ve also been using Pacer to track my steps which syncs into MyFitnessPal. And it’s ALL FREE! What an amazing tool! Couldn’t be any happier. 30 more pounds to go.

  • Karen

    Wonderful article. I was in my doctors office Monday and was discouraged to learn I gained a pound. I intend to buckle down even more so to get healthier, if I loose a few pounds that’s cool too.

  • Ja’Quel

    Amazing article! I feel great and am excited about my fitness journey!!

  • Ang

    This article is 100% true! It took me a while to get into it, but I’ve lost almost 25lbs since I finally got around to tracking my food every day. It really put what I was eating into perspective, and helped me build healthier eating habits!

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  • ann

    Amazing one, i lost 14 kg by tracking my calories intake since last August

  • virginia777

    Wow, I lose weight so much quicker with this app. Thanks!

  • Elizabeth

    I’ve lost 7 lbs in less than 20 days!! Loving the app and the accountability it puts on me to be disciplined. Thanks My Fitness pal!

  • Andrew Lee

    So true. I lost 80lbs and have kept off for 3 months now. Could not have done it with mfp.

  • Dawn

    I think tracking does help me be more accountable… and also helps me realize how poor some of my food choices or meals are.

  • Diva

    I started tracking Jan 2015 for my New year resolution along with taking up running. To date I am 52lb lighter. Result. It really helps you to realise just how many calories you consume, where they come from and how those “little snacks” can add up to a large amount of calories!

    With this information it’s much easier to adjust your eating habits and stick to your goals.

  • Craig M

    I have gained weight tracking on here. Just seem to easy to eat more than 1,710 calories.

  • Craig M

    It is hard where I live to see eat low Calorie everything healthy is high calorie expect water. Any advice is appreciated.

  • Suzanne Chaffee Swanson

    I am struggling mightily. I don’t drink alcohol, I exercise and after 6 weeks had lost barely 2 lb. I gave up but want to try again.

    • Dil

      Hello, I know it can very frustrating but don’t give up. Try to see what’s wrong with your exercise or your eating habits. Or maybe you have a slow metabolism but you can try many different things like HIIT or green tea, some rich fiber food in order to get a faster metabolism. So just don’t give up. Small progress is still progress 🙂

  • Endre

    Lost about 10 pounds since Xmas. 10 more to go to have a flat belly.. or maybe more?
    It’s addictive and some people find it weird and can make jokes about it..
    Who cares… I am getting thinner and more ripped 🙂

  • Kay Vance

    Any advice on exercise for people with arthritis in the knees and hips?
    Walking has been frowned upon by my orthopedist and I don’t know any exercises that might help. Any help would be appreciated.