11 Things You’ll Learn Using MyFitnessPal

Glennis Coursey
by Glennis Coursey
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11 Things You’ll Learn Using MyFitnessPal

There’s no easier way to track your food, activity, steps, water, weight and measurements than MyFitnessPal. That’s why more than 140 million people use the app to to achieve their health and fitness goals.

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 18 million foods — will allow you to find exactly what you want to track.

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

1. YOU’LL HAVE ACCESS TO A CLEAR PLAN

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 DISCOVER THE POWER OF TRACKING

Tracking is more than calorie counting, it’s being aware of and taking responsibility for what and when you eat. That’s why tracking works even when your calorie counts are off.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. YOU’LL LEARN HOW TO MODIFY YOUR BEHAVIOR

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.

6. 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.


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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 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’LL 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’LL 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.

At the very least, consider this: 88% of people who track on MyFitnessPal for seven days lose weight.

About the Author

Glennis Coursey
Glennis Coursey

Glennis has developed digital health coaching programs that have empowered thousands of people to live healthier lives. She was the Coaching Director at Sessions and Coaching Lead at MyFitnessPal. Currently she’s a Product Manager at Under Armour Connected Fitness, where she develops product for the world’s largest health and fitness community. Keep up with Glennis on Twitter: @glenniscoursey

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