Pros & Cons of MyFitnessPal to Achieve Your End of Year Health Goals

MyFitnessPal

Popular fitness app MyFitnessPal can be a great tool for dieters and athletes to track their caloric and nutrient intake. But as with any product, it isn’t perfect and may not work for everyone. However, if used correctly it can help you achieve your weight and body composition goals better than without it.

We are told by many sources, including the government, that we don’t need to track food intake and instead focus on building healthy lifestyles and nutritional habits. This is true and sound advice, many people can achieve their goal by doing this.

Calories matter

Many diet books and diets say calories don’t matter to losing weight, but the truth is that every plan they provide is trying to get you into a calorie deficit in some way. Simply put, if you want to lose weight, you have to be in a state of caloric expenditure.

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To lose weight, eat less food than your body needs to maintain life and do physical work. To gain weight, eat more food than your body needs to maintain life and do physical work.

Calorie counting does not work for everyone. Some people want to count calories and others do not, and both approaches can work (or not work) for different people.

Pros of MyFitnessPal

1. Mindfulness

It’s not easy to count calories. If you can’t, try using an app like MyFitnessPal. It will give you an idea (if used correctly) of how much you’ve eaten during the day, or how many calories are in certain foods or drinks. People notoriously underestimate how much they eat (and drink).

2. Feedback

This app gives you instant feedback on what you are eating so you can adjust your food intake depending on your individual circumstances and goals.

3. Goals

People who need routine and targets will find logging their food and activity helps them stick to their plan and provides a framework to stay on track.

4. Self-awareness

You can now see how many calories, carbs, and fats (which are macronutrients) in food and beverages you consume. This is a useful tool for targeting your diet. However, some of the nutrient data is missing or incorrect.

5. Lifestyle

You don’t have to use it forever, but it could help you with habit formation. For example, the app can serve as a calorie-counter and give you feedback on what you eat. Afterward, if you work on changing your habits, the app will still be there to help you.

6. Advanced care

For people with very specific diet goals, this can help them reach calorie and macro targets in order to reach their best body composition or meet nutrient needs for their athletic goals.

Cons of MyFitnessPal

Incorrect reporting data

This can range anywhere from forgetting to enter food and drink consumed, entry of wrong measurements of food and drink consumed, or even mislabelling of food. People may think they have entered correctly, but have actually put in wrong information, such as the wrong weight of a food item, or wrong brand. They also might forget to enter a food item that was eaten, or might have a dinner that consists of a child’s leftovers.

Logging every day is a pain for some people. They can get bogged down with the numbers and forget what they’ve eaten. I was one of those people. I would obsess about my diet and get neurotic about my intake. That said, I could not rely on common sense or intuition.

Wrapping Up

There are many apps that you can try for example Lose it vs MyFitnessPal to manage your health goals. However, at the end of day it comes down to you and your actions.