Hello, dear readers! Today I will share with you one of the best methods for monitoring the process of weight loss and counting calories in the twenty-first century. This is the weight loss app.
Studies prove that counting calories can help you lose weight!
We all have access to many different types of mobile fitness apps, but some of them stand out. They are designed to help people who want to monitor the nutrients they take with food. The goals can be different – gaining muscle, losing weight, improving physical qualities, and more. Definitely, these smartphone apps can be very useful for both beginners and advanced fitness enthusiasts.
I myself use MyFitnessPal to keep track of what I consume and I recommend it to my clients. Extremely convenient and easy to use, filled with a huge database of different foods and many other features. In my opinion, this application is the best on the market. It can be used for free, but there is also an option to unlock other features for a monthly fee. In general, it is enough to use the free version to take advantage of the necessary features.
Some people think that typing in foods and counting calories is a time-consuming activity. This is not true at all! At first, it may seem that you spend too much time finding foods, but over time you get used to it. It currently takes me a maximum of 5 minutes a day to enter the foods I eat and calculate the calories I consume. This way I know exactly how many calories I have taken in, how many calories I have burned, and this way I can maintain my weight much easier.
In the following lines, I will defend my opinion on why this particular application is the best app for weight loss. First I will start with its main functions and how they can help you lose weight.
Huge database with the nutritional value of different foods.
This weight loss app has the largest database of food information compared to all other calorie tracking programs on the market. There are almost no foods that are not present when you enter them in the search engine. Another plus to this is that there is information about the nutritional composition of cooked dishes. For example, when you enter guacamole, it shows you the nutritional value for the amount you choose.
Separately, there is information about each product, such as vegetables, fruits, semi-finished products, meat, fish, and more. You can choose the volume as well as the size of the portion. Once you know how many calories are in your breakfast or lunch, it will be much easier for you to stick to your caloric intake for the day.
The only downside to this weight loss app is that some foods can have misleading information. This problem comes from the fact that everyone can enter their own information about any product. This can sometimes lead to misinformation. Keep that in mind!
Monitor calorie and nutrient intake.
In addition to calories, this application monitors all the micro and macronutrients we eat. You can keep track of protein, carbohydrates, and fats, as well as magnesium, calcium, vitamins, and more. There is an option to monitor and remind you to drink water. You can set alarms during the day to remind you to drink fluids more often.
This information can be presented in the form of a table or diagram. It is designed so that the information can be easily presented and understood by everyone.
Here again, it should be borne in mind that the information may be incorrect or incomplete. It is good to check with reliable sources and find out if it is true. Once a dish or product is introduced, it is saved for quick entry the next time. This way we do not have to check again and again whether the information is correct.
Accurate algorithm for calculating caloric needs.
When you register in the application, you enter personal data such as weight, height, gender, etc. This information is automatically entered into an algorithm that calculates your body’s daily caloric expenditure (approximately). Then, depending on how busy your daily life is and what your goals are, the algorithm determines how many calories you need to eat to achieve your goals.
Over time, as I use this weight loss app, not only on myself but also on my clients, I have found it to be quite accurate. I have tried it for both weight loss and weight gain. The app has always calculated quite accurately the caloric intake, as well as the macronutrients that I need to ingest to achieve the desired body composition.
Barcode scanner and food input option.
This is an extremely useful feature that allows us to enter the nutritional value of foods into the program faster. We just scan the barcode of the product we will consume and it appears in the application. Then we just determine the portion size and we’re done. Quick, easy, and delicious!
It is good to mention here that not all products are available, but we can always enter them manually. One of the most convenient things here is that there is information about products of different nationalities. You can search for products in Russian, English, German and other languages.
Huge blog with information about everything related to fitness.
MyFitnessPal has a site where you can find not only information about the program but also a blog. They work with professional writers and bloggers from all over the world and have created a very big and useful blog. In this blog, you can find information about weight loss, weight gain, and open topics to other questions that interest you.
Inside this blog, you can find recipe ideas as well as a portion of inspiration and motivation. You can connect with other people who have similar goals to you and share information with them. There is also a forum on their website where you can ask questions and expect an expert answer. You can find different diets, information about them and impressions of other people. They have tested these diets and from their experience, they can tell you exactly what results they have obtained.
In my experience with people, the part with sharing experiences always affects them. I’m sure many of you are, too. However, we are all social beings and as such, we seek an environment of people with whom we can share common interests and views. So we feel calm that we are not alone in our endeavor. We draw energy and inspiration from others, we share them with the people around us that it is even quite likely that we will ignite and attract someone to start with a healthy change in their lifestyle.
I also like that there is even an option to calculate calories burned from exercise. To do this, go to the site and select “exercises” from the menu. From there you enter the name of the exercise, choose how many sets and repetitions you have performed, and enter your personal weight. Then, based on calculations by an algorithm, it shows you how many calories you have burned.
Option to connect with other exercise monitoring applications.
In this function, MyFitnessPal again leads the ranking for the most apps you can connect to. There is an option to connect to more than 50 other programs, some of which are – Garmin, Samsung health, FitBit, and others. Connecting with other applications helps to more accurately monitor calories consumed and burned, as well as to monitor your overall health.
Applications that monitor our health (food, exercise, sleep, calories) can be very useful and help us achieve our goals more easily. They also save us a lot of calculations and collect information in an easily accessible format. It will be extremely useful for each of you if you take the minimum time to learn to use at least one of these applications and so you will understand how convenient they are.
This article is not intended to promote in any way MyFItnessPal application. I just want to share my personal impressions, which are based on my experience and that of people I have worked with or still work with. You always choose another app of your likings.
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