My Fitness Pal

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    Mar 08, 2017 5:01 PM GMT
    I'm pretty critical of apps in general because most are thrown together and don't work that well, but this is my new favorite app. No matter if you're trying to gain weight, lose weight or simply eat healthy, this app makes nutrition into a fun game. Anyone else here using this app?

    https://www.myfitnesspal.com/
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    Mar 08, 2017 5:15 PM GMT
    I'm using it also because of its integration and use with various fitness watches such as Garmin and Suunto - even the iWatch.
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    Mar 08, 2017 6:41 PM GMT
    bayguy saidI'm using it also because of its integration and use with various fitness watches such as Garmin and Suunto - even the iWatch.



    I have an Apple watch but I never wear it. How is that helpful?
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    Mar 08, 2017 7:05 PM GMT
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    bayguy saidI'm using it also because of its integration and use with various fitness watches such as Garmin and Suunto - even the iWatch.



    I have an Apple watch but I never wear it. How is that helpful?

    For fitness I find the HR measurement of the Apple watch helpful in situations where the HR does not quickly change (e.g. sprints). In non-sprint situations I like the convenience of not having to wear a chest strip. I find the Apple watch HR in good agreement with the Garmin Forerunner 920XT (which requires a chest strap) and with the built in HR monitor on a treadmill (which requires I wear a separate Polar chest strap).

    When I do sprints, I find the Apple HR lags the others and is not as accurate. But overall with this limitation in mind, I like the watch very much. BTW - mine is the Series 2. I had the original one which I did not use much.

    One other thing I like on the new Apple watch is a digital clock with seconds. That may be available with new SW on the original one -not sure. I use it to sometimes time rest periods between sets when weightlifting.

    Also - don't use too often but there are counter apps that let me count sets - but I can usually handle that without an app.
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    Mar 08, 2017 8:41 PM GMT
    I'll get behind this... I use my fitness pal too, though mostly just for the food database.

    As a diabetic, my carb intake has to be balanced against my insulin pump and vice versa. When I'm making my own meals it's easy to determine a carb count, but when I'm out, or making something new, I men's to have an accurate and consistent data source to look up carbs per serving.

    This app is the best, and I've tried several.
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    Mar 08, 2017 11:50 PM GMT
    bayguy said
    Radd said
    bayguy saidI'm using it also because of its integration and use with various fitness watches such as Garmin and Suunto - even the iWatch.



    I have an Apple watch but I never wear it. How is that helpful?

    For fitness I find the HR measurement of the Apple watch helpful in situations where the HR does not quickly change (e.g. sprints). In non-sprint situations I like the convenience of not having to wear a chest strip. I find the Apple watch HR in good agreement with the Garmin Forerunner 920XT (which requires a chest strap) and with the built in HR monitor on a treadmill (which requires I wear a separate Polar chest strap).

    When I do sprints, I find the Apple HR lags the others and is not as accurate. But overall with this limitation in mind, I like the watch very much. BTW - mine is the Series 2. I had the original one which I did not use much.

    One other thing I like on the new Apple watch is a digital clock with seconds. That may be available with new SW on the original one -not sure. I use it to sometimes time rest periods between sets when weightlifting.

    Also - don't use too often but there are counter apps that let me count sets - but I can usually handle that without an app.



    Most people I know ignore the physical activity part of the app as it messes up your food calculations for the day.
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    Mar 09, 2017 1:03 AM GMT
    Fitness pal is good for monitoring caloric intake, but an app I use everyday at the gym is jefit on my tablet. You can custom load what exercises you want to perform in whatever muscle group, then once launched it will monitor time spent excercising and will have a timer for how long to rest between sets. At the end it will give you a total of how many pounds of iron you lifted, and then send you a weekly report to your email and also a monthly report. There are alot of options I don't use, but I find this app to be the best digital trainer, at least for myself. I recommend it.
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    Mar 09, 2017 1:10 AM GMT
    Radd saidI'm pretty critical of apps in general because most are thrown together and don't work that well, but this is my new favorite app. No matter if you're trying to gain weight, lose weight or simply eat healthy, this app makes nutrition into a fun game. Anyone else here using this app?

    https://www.myfitnesspal.com/


    I've been using the premium version of this app for years. I love it for a lot of reasons.
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    Mar 09, 2017 4:06 AM GMT
    jimib said
    Radd saidI'm pretty critical of apps in general because most are thrown together and don't work that well, but this is my new favorite app. No matter if you're trying to gain weight, lose weight or simply eat healthy, this app makes nutrition into a fun game. Anyone else here using this app?

    https://www.myfitnesspal.com/


    I've been using the premium version of this app for years. I love it for a lot of reasons.



    I was wondering if I should purchase the app or not. From what I read online, you really don't get much and it's a bit pricey at 50 bucks a year. What do you think?
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    Mar 09, 2017 3:07 PM GMT
    Radd said
    bayguy said
    Radd said
    bayguy saidI'm using it also because of its integration and use with various fitness watches such as Garmin and Suunto - even the iWatch.



    I have an Apple watch but I never wear it. How is that helpful?

    For fitness I find the HR measurement of the Apple watch helpful in situations where the HR does not quickly change (e.g. sprints). In non-sprint situations I like the convenience of not having to wear a chest strip. I find the Apple watch HR in good agreement with the Garmin Forerunner 920XT (which requires a chest strap) and with the built in HR monitor on a treadmill (which requires I wear a separate Polar chest strap).

    When I do sprints, I find the Apple HR lags the others and is not as accurate. But overall with this limitation in mind, I like the watch very much. BTW - mine is the Series 2. I had the original one which I did not use much.

    One other thing I like on the new Apple watch is a digital clock with seconds. That may be available with new SW on the original one -not sure. I use it to sometimes time rest periods between sets when weightlifting.

    Also - don't use too often but there are counter apps that let me count sets - but I can usually handle that without an app.


    Most people I know ignore the physical activity part of the app as it messes up your food calculations for the day.

    I just use the physical activity and don't use the nutrition at all so as always YMMV.
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    Mar 09, 2017 4:25 PM GMT
    Radd said
    jimib said
    Radd saidI'm pretty critical of apps in general because most are thrown together and don't work that well, but this is my new favorite app. No matter if you're trying to gain weight, lose weight or simply eat healthy, this app makes nutrition into a fun game. Anyone else here using this app?

    https://www.myfitnesspal.com/


    I've been using the premium version of this app for years. I love it for a lot of reasons.



    I was wondering if I should purchase the app or not. From what I read online, you really don't get much and it's a bit pricey at 50 bucks a year. What do you think?


    Here's what I like about it:
    I can track my workouts
    I can customize the exercises
    There is an online community
    I can track meals
    I can customize meals and recipes
    I can set goals for macros, meals and other nutrition (e.g., sodium, sugar, potassium)
    When I complete my diary for each day, I get immediate feedback on how today impacted my progress.

    I forgot how expensive it is. Maybe try the premium for a month and if you like it renew it. I think it's about $10 for a month.


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    Mar 09, 2017 8:21 PM GMT
    I hate MFP now that UnderArmour has taken over it.
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    Mar 09, 2017 8:28 PM GMT
    ThatSwimmerGuy93 saidI hate MFP now that UnderArmour has taken over it.



    You mean it was even better before? What did they change about it?
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    Mar 09, 2017 8:39 PM GMT
    Thanks for the suggestion. I've downloaded it and will work with it. Since a heart attack I've been a lot more conscious of calorie, carb, fat etc. intake. Hope this will work well. This is amazing - a first for me to glean from this sight a fitness help. Hope the app will help in my exercise regiment. icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 09, 2017 9:29 PM GMT
    jeep334 saidThanks for the suggestion. I've downloaded it and will work with it. Since a heart attack I've been a lot more conscious of calorie, carb, fat etc. intake. Hope this will work well. This is amazing - a first for me to glean from this sight a fitness help. Hope the app will help in my exercise regiment. icon_cool.gif



    Most of the comments I've read about the app say not to use it for exercise because it will mess up the diet part. Be sure to use the scanner feature when entering foods. A quick scan of the item you're about to eat and it will log all the nutritional data immediately. Just adjust the serving size appropriately. Also, remember you can create your own recipes and store them for later use or take recipes from their database.
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    Mar 09, 2017 10:57 PM GMT
    I have to apologize for giving out incorrect information. The app on my watch I use is MapMyRun and website MapMyFitness. It is in the same Under Armor family as My Fitness Pal and my comments may still apply, but not completely sure.
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    Mar 10, 2017 3:34 AM GMT
    If the app is capable of providing a menu that you can follow every day, that's what it should be used for. But then, why would you need the tracking capabilities of this app if you follow the same diet every day?

    Diets are supposed to be planned. You should eat the same macros, vitamins and calories every single day. Letting your diet be at the mercy of whoever is selling you food in a particular day is a big liability and a risk to your fitness goals.

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    Mar 11, 2017 4:59 AM GMT
    bachian saidIf the app is capable of providing a menu that you can follow every day, that's what it should be used for. But then, why would you need the tracking capabilities of this app if you follow the same diet every day?

    Diets are supposed to be planned. You should eat the same macros, vitamins and calories every single day. Letting your diet be at the mercy of whoever is selling you food in a particular day is a big liability and a risk to your fitness goals.




    I'm new to dieting so I'm quite certain I'm doing many things wrong. But I've had great success in the past 10 days I've been on it. Yes, so far I have been scanning my foods into the app before I eat them to make sure the macros fall in line with my goals. If they don't, I simply don't eat that food and choose something else. I've been planning out what I should eat in my head, but I suppose it's time to have a written record I can follow so I'm not doing it all on the fly. I just found this app called "Eat This Much." From what I can gather so far, it presents you with meals that follow the nutritional guidelines you set. Do you think something like that would work better?
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    Mar 11, 2017 5:23 AM GMT
    I only use this app to track down my steps and log it on another website, I haven't found a way to make it more useful though. Maybe it's because I eat a lot of ethnic foods, it's hard to let an app keep track of it.
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    Mar 11, 2017 6:48 AM GMT
    @Radd

    I found their generated diets too complicated. Way too many ingredients (they don't let you choose from a white list of what you like, they only let you create a black list of what you don't want)

    This means you're in for a million trips to the grocer, a million leftovers (because you use different ingredients every day), too many different little recipes, too much preparation, too much cooking, too much time spent preparing or eating, overall way too much effort. In an attempt to make the generated diets more appetizing, they forgot one of the key aspects of long term adherence which is LOGISTICS. If your diet is too complicated, you'll give up sooner or later. It better be simple.

    A DIY approach would be:

    - List all the fruits you like
    - List all the vegetables you like
    - List all the nuts and seeds you like
    - List all the seafood and meats you like
    - If you like eggs
    - If you like flavorless whey (if you're vegetarian)

    Then check your work/life schedule and create at least 6 meals that match your calorie, macro and budget targets using only those ingredients. You will have to do some math for that. Also check if you're not missing some micro nutrient too. If it sounds too much work (it can be), a sports dietitian will do all this for you. Starting a good diet from scratch is harder than doing small adjustments in one that's already working, so don't be intimidated.

    Once the ingredients in your diet become predictable, you will cut costs (because you can buy in bulk), save time, avoid waste and make it more likely that you'll stick to your diet in the long term.

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    Mar 12, 2017 5:49 AM GMT
    bachian said@Radd

    I found their generated diets too complicated. Way too many ingredients (they don't let you choose from a white list of what you like, they only let you create a black list of what you don't want)

    This means you're in for a million trips to the grocer, a million leftovers (because you use different ingredients every day), too many different little recipes, too much preparation, too much cooking, too much time spent preparing or eating, overall way too much effort. In an attempt to make the generated diets more appetizing, they forgot one of the key aspects of long term adherence which is LOGISTICS. If your diet is too complicated, you'll give up sooner or later. It better be simple.

    A DIY approach would be:

    - List all the fruits you like
    - List all the vegetables you like
    - List all the nuts and seeds you like
    - List all the seafood and meats you like
    - If you like eggs
    - If you like flavorless whey (if you're vegetarian)

    Then check your work/life schedule and create at least 6 meals that match your calorie, macro and budget targets using only those ingredients. You will have to do some math for that. Also check if you're not missing some micro nutrient too. If it sounds too much work (it can be), a sports dietitian will do all this for you. Starting a good diet from scratch is harder than doing small adjustments in one that's already working, so don't be intimidated.

    Once the ingredients in your diet become predictable, you will cut costs (because you can buy in bulk), save time, avoid waste and make it more likely that you'll stick to your diet in the long term.




    That makes sense. Although I'm doing very well so far by winging it, I can imagine it would take the stress out of my day by having my meals all prepared the day before (or at least planned out.) Honestly, I think the only reason I haven't done that so far is because I really didn't think I was capable of sticking a diet so extreme this long. But I'm very proud of myself so far. Tonight I had a party and had my favorite cake maker bake this incredible cake for my party. As I was slicing the cake to serve to guests, at one moment some of the icing got on my finger and I instinctively licked it off, then realized what I had done, so went in the back and spit it out. LOL. I made it through the night with only my protein drinks and healthy snacks. But it would have been much easier if I had my meals already planned out, which I'm going to start doing tomorrow.