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:

Leftover spaghetti

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.