How to use MyFitnesspal for fat loss
Myfitnesspal, probably the most popular fitness and diet-related app out there. But how do you use it exactly?
Is it something for you that you should try out? Here is your beginner’s guide to the app Myfitnesspal.
Where to start
When you start using the app or the desktop site you have to make an account. After doing this you can start setting up your goals. This can be done in goals.
Here you can set your desired amount of calories and the macro nutrient break down of those. If you use the site on the desktop there is a guide you can follow to set up your calories and macros according to your goals!
Starting with tracking your intake
When you have everything set up you can start with the actual tracking of your food intake. This is very easy. Myfitnesspal has an amazing database of foods, but you can also scan the barcode of your product.
My tip is to use or purchase a food scale when you start tracking your foods. After you have scanned your product the app will ask you how much of it you have consumed.
This can be in grams or portion size. You put every ingredient that is in your meal in Myfitnesspal. Don’t forget to count in sauces as well these can be sneaky calories!
Estimating your food
When you are at a friend’s house or eating out you, of course, don’t bring your food scale. So what do you do then? Then you estimate what you are eating. A hamburger? Probably around 20-30 grams of fat, 30-40 carbs, and 20 protein
. After a while of food tracking with a scale, you will find that this becomes easier. If you can’t find a product in Myfitnesspal you can also easily add it in as carbs, fat, and protein. Both carbohydrates and protein contain 4 calories per gram and fat contains 9.
Drinks and alcohol for fat loss
Something a lot of people forget is to track drinks. You don’t have to track your water intake because water does not contain any calories (there is an option to do so in the app but this is to stay on track of how much you drink).
But when you drink milk, wine normal soda or anything else that contains calories it is a good idea to track this. Because if your goal is to consume 1700 calories, and you hit this perfectly every single day but you still see no result this is probably the reason.
If you consume these 1700 calories you should lose fat, but you don’t take in consideration that you drink another 200 calories. This means that at the end of the day you will be over 200 calories of your goal.
Tracking can be great to get a bit more flexible with your diet. But it can take some time to get used to. If you love to follow a meal plan tracking is not necessary or when you eat almost the same foods every day.
If you think it takes to much time and effort this may not be the best option for you.
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