MyFitnessPal app review

'Lose Weight with MyFitnessPal'

Life is hectic; with friends, family and work taking over much of our lives, we don’t have time to ourselves. Logging every time you exercise and keeping track of your entire food intake is almost impossible because of the lack of time people have in their lives.

Over the last few years, however, the advancements in technologies such as apps and wearable technology has allowed people to manage their health and fitness in an easier and more time effective way.

MyFitnessPal is one of the most popular apps in this category; it’s an app that helps people count their calories by entering it into an online diary, as well as keeping track of the user’s exercise regime.

Got a busy life? Then this app is for you. It's simple and time-effective interface is for anyone looking to lose weight or simply maintain a healthy weight; it can also be tailored to fit the needs of users with specific requirements from a doctor or GP.


How does it work?

MyFitnessPal uses an online food and exercise database which, over time, learns from the user’s input. It’s based on the theory that many people eat the same foods regularly; so the system will remember what kind of food the user has eaten (or not eaten), feed them into a calorie counter and suggest improvements on their diet.

MyFitnessPal focuses on logging and calculating calories, plus contact with other members via weight loss forums. Much like other diet tracking apps such as ‘SuperTracker’, the system is based on calorie counting: the more consistently the user tracks their food and exercise, the more likely they are to lose weight.


Key features

Exercise Tracker - MyFitnessPal has more than 350 exercises stored in its database, and the app shows how much each user burns during each activity based on their specific height, weight and gender; it includes most cardio and strength training workouts, as well as yoga and pilates.

Calorie Counter - The app’s calorie counter is basically an online diary of each MyFitnessPal member’s intake. The counter allows members to set daily goals, and the app can add multiple foods at once. It also automatically stores food and meals that are often eaten, which makes them easy to find when users eat them again and need to log them.

Community - MyFitnessPal’s community aspect consists of a forum, where other fellow users of the app are free to exchange tips and advice, as well as to create relationships through sharing personal experiences or struggles.


The Review

MyFitnessPal is one of the most effective fitness/health tracking devices on the marketplace. The app is convenient as it allows members to log food/water/exercise from anywhere and has a huge database of 3,282,000 different kinds of foods to choose from; customised recipes can also be added to the database. The interface is also simple to use, and the app can be used for people of all ages.

This app is not just a calorie counter; it provides support and information to make a lifestyle change to lose weight. MyFitnessPal is not a one-size-fits-all app; personal diet profiles can be changed to fit a user’s specific needs depending on whether they are on a strict diet or have particular recommendations from their doctor or GP.

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