Android Quick App: MyFitnessPal
With summer coming to an end, and the cool weather nearing often times trying to keep that summer figure can be a bit difficult. There are many great Android applications that are available to help guide you down the right path work out wise, and record all your information to keep a good visual idea of where you stand. It can be a bit more difficult to do the same for your food consumption but MyFitnessPal has done a great job of making entering your meals a breeze to show you exactly where you stand verse where you need to be every day.
Keeping track of your calorie intake along with all the other nutrients involved in every meal can be far more important then anyone realizes. This application, which is also available on iOS along with BlackBerry devices, is a rather straight forward application that tells you exactly where you are through out the day. Upon registering for the application users are asked to enter their height, weight and gender. Be sure to be honest as they use this information along with desired goal weight to calculate what your intake should be on an average day. Once your goal is set based on height, weight, gender as well as your daily activity level it will be up to you to enter your meals honestly to calculate where you stand.
This application is powered by a huge internet database which keeps records of nearly every type and brand of food you can image, so finding your meal should be a rather easy task. Users can search though various food categories, or search for a specific brand or even fast food location. Once you find the food you are about to eat, you can select it to view all the nutritional facts, and then add it as your meal or snack. Once added, your calorie intake will change to reflect what you have eaten, and what left you have to consume. Users are able to add their own choices if it is not currently available in the search, but luckily a huge majority is already entered.
The menu is pretty simple, offers an option to add an entry to your "diary," to view your diary, to check your progress or edit your profile. Your diary will be where all your foods are entered and you can see what you have been having by day. Keeping up with the entries, and being honest about the foods even if they put you over the limit can be a difficult task, but once in the groove this application can become your best friend. Along with helping you lose some weight, this application helps promote a healthier lifestyle for yourself, which hopefully will rub off on those around you.
Not only is this application simple, easy to use, and loaded with information, but it is also free in the Android market, with only a small add that shows on the bottom. Be sure to give it a whirl, and let us know your thoughts!
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