So You Want To…Lose Weight This Month

Glennis Coursey
by Glennis Coursey
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So You Want To…Lose Weight This Month

You have a MyFitnessPal account and you’re feeling ready to start losing some weight? You’ve come to the right place! When you work towards a weight loss goal on MyFitnessPal, you’re part of a community of over 75 million people who have used the app to lose over 150 million pounds. Weight loss is what MyFitnessPal does best.

Here are seven ways you can start losing weight with MyFitnessPal today:

1. Get in the habit of consistent tracking. 

When you’re using MyFitnessPal to lose weight, the first thing you need to focus on is getting into the habit of tracking your food and activity. The more you track, the more you’ll learn about your eating habits—and the more likely you’ll be to reach your goals! 88% of people who track on MyFitnessPal for seven days lose weight.

2. Just keep tracking. 

Some people have no trouble hitting the ground running with consistent tracking. For others, it takes a little longer to get in the groove. The most important thing is that you don’t give up. Every single time you track—even if it’s just a cup of coffee, an apple, or an egg—you’re taking a positive step towards a healthier you.

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3. Complete your diary at the end of each day. 

Be sure to hit the Complete Entry button at the bottom of your diary when you’re done eating for the day. You’ll get instant feedback on how your choices during the day impacted your progress towards your goals. This is a great way to stay motivated and make small adjustments to your behavior throughout the week.

4. Remember that it’s always better to track something than nothing at all. 

Don’t feel like you need to be perfect when you’re tracking. Just do a quick search for the food you ate, find the match that seems closest, track it, and move on. Don’t stress if it isn’t a 100% match. You can focus on being more accurate with tracking as time goes on.

5. Take a moment each week to reflect and plan. 

You’ll be amazed how much you’ll learn by asking yourself three simple questions at the end of each week:

  • How did last week go?
  • What’s going to be challenging the upcoming week?
  • How can I make this week a success?

6. Get in a habit of stepping on the scale. 

You should weigh yourself and enter your weight in MyFitnessPal at least once each week so you can track your progress over time. You’ll get the most accurate information if you weigh yourself on the same day, first thing in the morning, in the same clothes, before you eat or drink anything.

7. Be sure to celebrate your non-scale victories. 

That said, not all victories happen on the scale! Did you climb the stairs with ease? Skip the donuts at work? Reduce your blood pressure? Race your kids around the block? Break your 5K record? Have your ex walk past you and do a double take?

Be sure to celebrate all the ways your healthy habits are having a positive impact on your life. Stick with it and a happier, healthier you is right around the corner!


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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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