Essential Guide to MyFitnessPal

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Essential Guide to MyFitnessPal

Nearly 180 million people use MyFitnessPal to live healthier, happier lives.

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

The key to success on MyFitnessPal is consistent tracking. 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 the MyFitnessPal app and add your pertinent information — 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.

As you get going, you’ll realize how important it is to not only set goals but also to hold yourself accountable. Tracking becomes habitual — as if you’ve always done it. And finally, you’ll discover you’re a part of a like-minded, supportive community that’s cheering you on, especially when it gets tough.

MYFITNESSPAL TIPS: YOUR THREE-PART PLAN FOR SUCCESS

I. SET GOALS AND HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE

1. ESTABLISH REALISTIC GOALS

Thinking you can undo years of habits in a week only leads to frustration. Think SMART with a series of small, attainable goals to help you stay motivated and reach your bigger goal.

2. JOIN A PLAN

Go beyond logging and daily meal recommendations and join a MyFitnessPal Plan, which offers the coaching, actionable tips and education you need to achieve a health and fitness goal.

3. KEEP YOUR GOALS IN VIEW

  • Tap Complete DiaryWhen 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.
  • 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 each week, at the same time, in the same clothes.
  • 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

4. 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 share them with your friends.

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. GO PREMIUM

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

II. DEVELOP A HABIT OF TRACKING

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. The MyFitnessPal staff offers insider tips on tracking here.

2. USE TIME STAMPS

Not only can you track what foods you eat, but you can also specify when you eat it. This helps you monitor how when you eat could affect your mood and hunger levelsperformancesleep, you name it.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. SEARCH THE DATABASE

We have the biggest food database in the world. With roughly 12 million foods and new options 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 this symbol when you search for a food. This icon appears next to items in our database that have been vetted and include complete nutrition information.

7. USE THE BARCODE SCANNER

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

8. FIND RECIPES

Recipe Discovery 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 than users who don’t.

III. BUILD YOUR COMMUNITY

1. 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.

2. VISIT THE FORUMS

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

3. 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? Fit into a smaller size? Make sure you’re reflecting on how your healthy habits are having a positive impact on your life.

4. TRY OUR 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, MapMyRunMapMyRide and Endomondo.

WHERE TO GET 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.

Nutrition & Weight Loss

> Losing Weight
> Healthy Eating
Portion Sizes
Metabolism
Macros
Fat
Carbs
Protein
Sugar
Fiber
Micronutrients
Meal Planning

Workout & Wellness

> Hydration
> Getting Moving
Walking and Steps
Running
Avoiding Running and Walking Injuries
> Running Nutrition
Running For Weight Loss
Strength Training
Cycling
Sleep

FOR MORE ON HEALTH, FITNESS AND NUTRITION

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.

THE MAPMYRUN BLOG

Everything you want to know about running and cycling. Here you’ll find articles with helpful tips and information about injury prevention, training for weight loss, basic techniques and more.

About the Author

MyFitnessPal
MyFitnessPal

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 RecordMapMyRunMyFitnessPal and Endomondo.

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