I have utilized MyFitnessPal for approximately three years. At this point in my nutrition journey, I use the caloric intake monitoring app less frequently. The program allows me to “check in” occasionally to make sure I am following my dietary plan appropriately and getting enough nutrients. MyfitnessPal has several unique features that make the tracking of daily intake more convenient. The scan feature on the mobile app is amazing! Many of the foods that I eat are already in the program. You can just scan the item and all of the data is calculated for you! There is also a feature where you can add your own ingredients in order to create recipes. The profile section of the app allows the user to individualize the program for age and activity level appropriate weigh loss plans
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As with any weight loss assistance tool, there are some draw backs. When a user enters information, the data is saved and can be used by other users by a search for the food product or ingredient. One must be careful to choose the products and or food items that are “confirmed.” With that being said, I am careful to choose the most appropriate food in the list in order to make my documentation of the foods I eat accurate. This helps me not only to see what nutrients I may be lacking in any particular day, or week, but it also helps me to make good choices and stay on track. For example, if I feel bad about a particular food item being documented on my app, it is probably not the right food to be eating. It certainly makes you think twice. Studies have shown that documenting food intake helps people to stay on track and lose weight, as well as keep it off.
On Tuesday Januray 14th, 2014 I used the MyfitnessPal app to document a 24 hour food intake. My results were not all that surprising, due to being on the same dietary plan for several years. I am developed a habit of making good choices in order to keep the approximately 60 pound weight loss off. I do plan to lose more weight, approximately 40 more lbs would out me at my goal weight. Since this is a long term plan, I am not in a hurry. I am losing 1-2 lbs per week, on good weeks. Sometimes I maintain or gain back a few, like over the holidays. Overall, I am happy with the trend and more importantly, the focus on being my most active and healthy self in many years.
For this particular day, I consume 1280 calories of nutrient rich foods. The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) on the excel spread sheet is for a 2000 calorie diet, which I understand is for a healthy weight management diet and maintaining overall health (Hoeger & Hoeger, 2008). I am still planning to lose 2 lbs per week, so the MyfitnessPal app has adapted the RDA so...