I have just reached a major milestone on my journey back to health. I have reached 1000 days of logging into MyFitnessPal and tracking my calories.
This all started January 3rd, 2012. It was a New Year’s resolution that I had been planning for a year or two- procrastination is my middle name.
Now that I decided that I was going to start losing weight. My plan was to lower my overall calorie input and especially my carbs. I had read good things about low carb dieting.
My first task was to weigh in — 283 lbs — gulp. Next, I needed a tool to track both my progress and my input. Since I am a major data geek, it had to be online and preferably have an app.
After looking at several apps, I kept tripping over the name MyFitnessPal. I kept looking because it was suspect to me. I’ll explain why momentarily.
After really looking at everything out there, I finally decided to give it a try.
Here is my pitch for it:
Do you need to have a food log/diary to keep track of what you have consumed in a day? How much would you pay?
Do you want to have a community of really helpful and supportive people to both keep you accountable and cheer you on? Now how much would you pay?
Do you want a tool that has support for nearly all prominent third party exercise apps and tools?
do you want to use an app that is updated frequently and supporting new features almost as soon as they are available, like Apple HealthKit?
do you want an app that provides functionality for you to document your own progress through a blog?
This is how much you are going to pay… Nothing.
Thats right , it’s free. And I’m embarrassed to say, that’s why I hesitated to use it. I have always believed that you get what you pay for. MyFitnessPal is a true exception.
I have spoken of my journey through weight loss to racing a marathon on multiple podcasts here and here. MyFitnessPal almost always comes up. It offers so much value, that I feel guilty not paying for it. I would actually donate with a PayPal link if I had the option.
I have used many tools from FitBits to Garmins, but one tool has remained consistent for me – MyFitnessPal.