My Fitness Pal – A FREE App that really works??

I recently found out about a free app called My Fitness Pal.  It is basically a fun and easy way to keep track of your daily calorie intake as well as your daily exercises.

As many of you know, I’m doing a full-Ironman triathlon this May in St. George, Utah.  I have heard that St. George is one of the hardest Ironman courses in the world due to all of the hills on the bike and run.  So, naturally I want to drop my holiday weight and lean up the best that I can.

I began using this app a little over a week ago, and I’ve already lost 7 lbs.  Several of my family and friends are using it as well, and they’ve all lost weight.  Here’s how it works:  You set up your profile with your basic info, height, weight, how active is your job, etc.  It will then ask you how many lbs per week you want to lose.  The max allowed is 2 lbs per week (but most lose more than that, at least initially).  A word of advice, be honest when you answer how active is your job, otherwise it might give you too many calories per day which will defeat your weight loss goals.

It will calculate how may calories per day you are allowed to eat in order to obtain your weight loss goal.  You simply input everything that goes into your mouth during the day, along with any exercise you do.  It does the rest, and the weight comes off.  Of course, that is based on the assumption that you are staying within your suggested calorie intake numbers on a regular basis.  😉

One of the reasons it’s so simple to use is its enormous database of foods (over a million, I think) you can look up to find out the nutrition information.  It also has a scanner feature which allows you to scan and look up any food with a bar code on the package.

Another feature which makes it very effective is that you can add friends who are following the program, and it will keep you all informed of each other’s progress.  It’s much like a FaceBook interface in that you can message each other for encouragement as well as following each other’s progress in the automatic posts it puts in for you each day.  Nothing like a little friendly accountability to keep you on track, eh?

As with any other weight loss product, you have to use it correctly and faithfully for it to work.  If you “forget” to input what you’re actually eating, or lie about the portion size, it will not work for you.  For those who want to use it but don’t have a smartphone.  You can also do the same thing via their webstite:

Give it a try, and let me know how it’s working for you.  After all, it’s FREE.  You have nothing to lose in trying it (except the weight).  🙂


Published by: David A. Bailey on January 24th, 2012 | Filed under Uncategorized

4 Responses to “My Fitness Pal – A FREE App that really works??”

  1. Cynthia Says:

    David, thank you for sending the app to me. Been on it over a week now and it has made a difference…just wish I could exercise too….it would go faster. Not been hungry on this….that is a plus….I am hoping this is the one for me…..thanks again!

  2. David A. Bailey Says:

    You’re absolutely welcome. I’m so glad you’re enjoying it as I am!

  3. candace Says:

    Can I Ger the app?

  4. David A. Bailey Says:

    Sure. It’s a free app from the Apple store.

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