Using MyFitnessPal to Find and Count Calories

You’re going to read a lot about MyFitnessPal in the coming months.

MyFitnessPal is one of the top (100k+ downloads) health apps on iPhone and it’s one of the best websites for counting calories on the web.  If you’re counting calories, you should use it.  I recently signed up (myfitnesspal.com/tyler) and am using the myriad of free apps/services it offers to look up and count calories.  At MFP (as we call it), you can:

  • Track the calories you burn on a daily basis
  • Track your meals and calories consumed on a daily basis
  • Track your weight loss progress, including weight, measurements, body fat, etc.
  • Find the calorie/nutritional information for over 100,000 food items
  • Set a daily limit for calories and be warned when you’re close to reaching it

It does all of this for free.  And, all of this can also be accomplished not only on the web, but through its iPhone and Android apps as well.  It has an application for the Blackberry too, but nobody uses Blackberry anymore, do they?  The mobile app on my MyTouch 3G Slide (Android) is REALLY handy when my wife and I are heading out to dinner and I’m quickly able to look up the amount of calories in any given restaurant meal.

I’ve yet to find a food, meal, or ingredient that isn’t in the MyFitnessPal calorie chart.

Take a look at what I added for lunch Monday in my food diary:

myfitnesspal1 Using MyFitnessPal to Find and Count Calories

Leftover spaghetti - visit my profile on MFP to see everything I ate on Monday

Want to see all of the calories I ate on Monday, as well as take advantage of the tool, services, etc, I mentioned above?  Join MyFitnessPal.  And while you’re at it, become my friend on MFP and we’ll count calories together. As I mentioned yesterday, I may not be counting calories every single day, but I’ll do it a few times a week so you can get an idea of how much freedom you can have by counting calories.

I’ll see you on MyFitnessPal.  And, I’ll see you at 190 pounds in about 4 months.

14 thoughts on “Using MyFitnessPal to Find and Count Calories”

  1. I use LiveStrong to count calories. Seems to work pretty good. Anyone used both LiveStrong and MyFitnessPal and could provide a comparison?

  2. I concur. I went through two other sites and what is truly shocking about myfitnesspal is that they have absolutely everything in their food database. I had an obscure german rye cracker:boom, they had it and all of that brands other products.

    For faithfully counting calories it has been my most important tool

  3. I’m curious how easy the app is to use when you make a meal at home that has more than a couple ingredients, say 5-10? A homemade casserole for example. Is it easy enough to add all of those in to the program? I know that a lot of the prepackaged foods wouldn’t do me much good, but entering 10 items for one meal might be a deterrent.

    1. Abby B-
      My Fitness Pal allows you to enter ingredients as a recipe and save it as such. I LOVE this feature. I can make a big batch of spaghetti, enter it as a recipe, determine the number of servings, and then just add it to a meal as easy as adding one ingredient. You do have to enter all the ingredients one by one the first time, but once it’s saved, you can use it forever. I probably have 20 recipes saved in this feature.

  4. Just a clarification, MyFitnessPal doesn’t have a Blackberry app yet but they are working on it. Yes some people still live in the Blackberry dark ages, especially when work provides it.

  5. I’ll have to try MFP… I’m also a LiveStrong user, but I continue to be off the bandwagon and I’m having an unusually hard time getting back on. I tend to have a lot of symptoms of SAD in the winter months, but this one seems especially bad and I have had absolutely no motivation. From buying a lightbox to place next to the elliptical to picking up St John’s Wort to try to fend off the seasonal blues, I’ve been trying to get back to it. Maybe I just need a better network.

  6. I have been using it since I read about it on your blog (which I found via your guest post on Pro Blogger). It helped me solidify my New Years resolution and has been a great tool this year.

  7. Just a note to say thanks for blogging, sharing your ongoing story, and sharing about myfitnesspal. This is the first time in my 40+ years I’ve ever counted calories. I’m LOVING mfp and from it really noticing my patterns… not just food item patterns, but fat/carb/calorie intake patterns. Today was a stressful day at work, and for the last few hours of the day I was dreaming about two favorite fast food options I could grab on the way home. I knew they were bad options, but mfp showed me just HOW bad, and after about 20 minutes of “do it/don’t you dare do it” conversation in my head, I opted to head home and cook a decent meal for myself. The journey (only 10 days long so far) has been harder than I thought… but the “hard” has been made easier with mfp and peeking in on your blog. So thanks. A ton. No pun intended ;)

  8. Myfitnesspal is the greatest app i have on my Droid. My only regret is not using it sooner. There is a barcode scanner but it sometimes does work so well. The search function is easy to use and it has just about any food or brand out there, even store brands! If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, do it NOW!

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