If you’ve ever tried to lose weight you know it can be a struggle. A lot of people make the mistake of adding to their exercise regimen but don’t cut down on the calories in. For many, that doesn’t work at all. In fact, many can lose weight simply by modifying their nutrition habits. A great way to do this, is track everything you eat. Every morsel of food, every calorie, even that leftover chicken nugget from your kids plate or that handful of M&Ms from the office kitchen. If it goes in your mouth, it should go in the food log. Try it for 1 month and I bet you will be amazed at what you learn. For some, just tracking food is enough to lose weight. The accountability alone is enough to limit intake. But it can also be quite informing about the kinds of foods you eat too. You might ask “but isn’t this a pain in the butt” The answer used to be yes but not anymore thanks to the MyFitnessPal app which is free in the Google Play Store.
MyFitnessPal makes it very easy to log all of your foods. They have millions of entries already in their food database and you can even scan the barcodes on the foods you eat and the information will load right in. You can set calorie goals as well as protein, fat and carb goals and review your eating habits by day, time and month. It all synchs with the web so you can review your information from anywhere. It even allows you to share information with select friends or even your nutritionist if you have one so they can help too!
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