Calorie Counter: My Fitness Pal

   August 20, 2016

Leading the pack of health conscious and fitness tracker apps, the My Fitness Pal app is designed with an easy to use format for any level of enthusiast. Start by answering a few questions about your lifestyle, daily activity, and dietary goals and My Fitness Pal will tailor a daily calorie plan for your specific needs. Keeping track of meals is one of the most difficult parts of dieting for most but with thousands of foods in its database and the easy to use search function, entering meals for the day takes less than 5 minutes a meal. Many foods, specifically restaurant meals, have been verified for accuracy by the app so guessing portions and ingredients becomes unnecessary. Seeing the calorie count in real time makes skipping dessert a no brainer.

For dieters who wish to get more in depth, there are options to track other aspects of your health as well. Enter exercise completed, daily water consumption, or vitamins and supplements. My Fitness Pal even allows the ability to link the app with your favorite personal fitness tracker. The app will sync steps and any active time spent and compute alongside calories throughout the day. Micromanaging every aspect of your fitness journey is readily available for those who want to know more.

More advanced athletes and fitness competitors will enjoy the ability to track outside the normal calorie counts and utilize the macronutrient and nutritional charts. If It Fits Your Macros (or IIFYM) dieting has become increasingly popular as it allows you to eat any foods you wish as long as they fit your predetermined proportions of protein, carbs, and fat. Being able to see this information and experiment with different meal combinations is both informative and fun. The option to specifically program the app to your dietary needs and fitness goals makes this app user friendly for even the most particular dieter.

The fun doesn’t have to be enjoyed alone as there is the option to invite your friends on social media. The homepage feed shows your friends’ completed exercise, log in days, and goals being attained. Congratulate and compete against each other for more options to motivate and inspire your fitness journey.

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