Essential Guide to MyFitnessPal

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Essential Guide to MyFitnessPal

More than 140 million people have used MyFitnessPal to live healthier, happier lives.

Whether you want to lose weight, tone up, get healthy or just learn more about your eating habits, MyFitnessPal provides the tools, support and motivation you need to succeed.

The key to success on MyFitnessPal is consistent tracking — our data shows that 88% of people who track for seven days in a row lose weight. There are a few things to keep in mind when tracking on MyFitnessPal:

  1. The more you track, the more likely you are to reach your goals.
  2. Tracking gets easier the more you do it.
  3. It’s always better to track something versus nothing at all.
  4. You can build the habit of tracking by logging one meal at a time.
  5. When you can’t find an exact match for what you want to track, pick something similar.

As you track, you’ll learn about your eating habits and how to make healthier choices. You’ll also gain a better understanding of the impact of exercise on your progress toward your goals.

Simply download MyFitnessPal and tell us a little about yourself — enter your gender, height, weight and your target weight. We’ll provide you with a daily calorie target that’s personalized to help you reach your goals. After that, you’re ready to start tracking.

11 WAYS TO SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS

1. TRACK EVERYTHING

Not tracking something doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. The more honest and consistent you are in your tracking, the more useful the app becomes because you start to see patterns. Only you can hold yourself accountable and doing so makes it more likely you’ll be able to meet your health and fitness goals.

2. SET REALISTIC GOALS

Thinking you can undo years of habits in a week only leads to frustration. A series of small, attainable goals helps you stay motivated to reach your bigger goal.

3. LEARN TO EYE PORTIONS

Portion control is key to accurate tracking. The more you log, the more you’ll be aware of serving sizes and the more practice you’ll have eyeballing your portions, which leads to better tracking.

4. SET CUSTOM REMINDERS

Set custom reminders so you never forget to track meals. Choose when you want to be reminded, and we’ll send you notifications so you remember to track.

5. CONNECT YOUR APPS AND DEVICES

Users who connect their MyFitnessPal account with another health app or device are twice as likely to succeed.

6. ADD FRIENDS

When you add friends on MyFitnessPal, you’re more likely to succeed since you have an extra layer of support, motivation and accountability. You can decide your privacy levels and whether your friends can see things like your weight, diary entries and amount of weight lost.

7. CREATE AND SHARE YOUR MEALS

Create custom meals — those things you eat all the time because they taste great, fill you up, and meet your health goals — it makes tracking easier and allows you to then share them with your friends.

8. VISIT THE FORUMS

The forums are a lively online community where you can find advice, support, tips and tricks from fellow MyFitnessPal users.

9. CELEBRATE NON-SCALE VICTORIES

Not all victories happen on the scale. Progress toward your goals is everywhere: Did you climb the stairs with ease? Skip the donuts at work? Reduce your blood pressure? Make sure you’re reflecting on how your healthy habits are having a positive impact on your life.

10. TRY OTHER APPS

MyFitnessPal is part of Under Armour Connected Fitness, a suite of apps that work together to seamlessly deliver a 360-degree view of your nutrition and fitness. Try one of our other apps including: MapMyFitness, MapMyRun, MapMyWalk, MapMyRide, UA Record and Endomondo.

11. GO PREMIUM

MyFitnessPal Premium offers advanced tools (food analysis, macronutrients by gram, quick-add macronutrients), an upgraded experience (ad-free, priority customer support) and more customization (different goals by day, exercise calorie settings, home screen dashboard).

5 FEATURES THAT MAKE TRACKING A BREEZE

1. SAVE YOUR FAVORITE MEALS

Whether it’s yogurt and granola for breakfast, celery and peanut butter for a snack or a turkey sandwich for lunch, many of our users eat the same meals regularly. Save your favorite meals so you can add them to your diary with one click.

2. SEARCH THE DATABASE

We have the biggest food database in the world. With over 18 million foods and more added daily, you should find what you want to log. Just in case you don’t, you can add foods directly to our database.

Look for the    when you search for a food. This icon appears next to items in our database that have been vetted and include complete nutrition information.

3. USE THE BARCODE SCANNER

Simply scan a food’s barcode to enter it into your diary. It’s that easy.

4. USE THE RECIPE TOOL

This tool lets you save recipes from anywhere on the web without having to manually add each ingredient. You can also use this tool to calculate the nutrition information for any recipe. Users who track recipes on MyFitnessPal lose nearly 40% more weight that users who don’t.

5. TRY RESTAURANT LOGGING

Simply search for a restaurant name and you’ll see nutrition information for the items on the menu. You’ll have the information you need to choose an item that fits your calorie and nutrient goals.

3 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR GOALS IN VIEW 

1. TAP COMPLETE DIARY

When you’re done tracking for the day, tap the “Complete Diary” button. This gives you feedback on how the choices you made during the day impacted your progress.

2. UPDATE YOUR WEIGHT

As your weight changes, so will your calorie and macronutrient goals. It’s important to update your weight at least weekly. Be sure to weigh yourself on the same day, at the same time, in the same clothes.

3. VISIT THE PROGRESS SCREEN

The progress screen has graphs and charts of your progress over time. This can help you identify healthy changes you can make to your eating habits and exercise routine.

WHERE TO GO FOR MORE INFORMATION 

If you’re interested in learning more about MyFitnessPal, nutrition, exercise or how to reach your goals, try these MyFitnessPal-approved resources:

MyFitnessPal Essential Guides

From nutrition basics to workout tips, these guides are a great place for newbies to start and long-time MyFitnessPal users to refresh their health and fitness know-how.

The MyFitnessPal Blog

This is your go-to source for healthy living. Here you’ll find articles with helpful tips and information about eating, moving, living and learning.


READ MORE ESSENTIAL GUIDES

> Losing Weight
> Healthy Eating
> Getting Moving


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MyFitnessPal provides powerful tools that make it easier for anyone to live a healthier life by tracking their meals and physical activity. Make healthy choices and join Under Armour Connected Fitness™, the world’s largest digital fitness community: Visit the MyFitnessPal blog and download UA Record, MapMyRun, MyFitnessPal and Endomondo.

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