Whether your goal is weight loss, gaining muscle or athletic performance, tracking your food is the ultimate way to achieve those goals.
What are the benefits of tracking? You will become very aware of exactly what you are putting into your body. You’ll start to understand how much you’re eating at one meal, how much you’re snacking at your desk, and you’ll start to see trends in your eating habits like:
– Stress eating
– Bored eating
– How much you eat out
– How many sodas you drink in a day
– Daily sugar intake
– The ratio of proteins to carbs to fats
– Weekend eating behaviors
Paying attention to these things and logging it is a HUGE factor in changing your habits and behavior. This is the first step to moving toward your weight loss goals.
So here is your challenge: start tracking your food and beverage intake RIGHT NOW. My recommendation is to use MyFitnessPal. It’s a super helpful tool.
Here are nine tutorials that will help you get the most out of the app.
- How to Customize Your Macro Goals and Profiles in MyFitnessPal
The first step to tracking your macros in MyFitnessPal is setting up your specific goals so that they’re easier to track. This tutorial and video walk you step by step through the process.
- How to Customize Your Macro Goals Using MyFitnessPal Premium
Just like the first tutorial listed, this tutorial shows you how to set up your macros in MyFitnessPal but with an important difference: this premium version lets you list the exact macros to the decimal. The free version only lets you enter ballpark numbers.
- How to Check Your Macros and Micros in MyFitnessPal
Once you’ve set up your numbers in the MFP app, you need to be a pro at checking the numbers throughout the day so you know what you can (and can’t) fit into your nutrition plan that day.
- How to Log and Save Individual Meals with MyFitnessPal
Eat the same meal more than once? You can log single meals and save them for quick access for next time. Logging gets faster as you go!
- How to Track a Bulk Recipe in MyFitnessPal and Track a Single Serving
Bulk recipes like soup, sauces, and stir-frys are easy to track when you know how. This tutorial is extremely helpful!
- How to “Quick Add” Macros Using MyFitnessPal Premium
With the premium version of MFP, it’s never been easier to log straight calories, carbs, fats and proteins into your diary. Excellent for logging supplements, oils and other simple carbs, proteins, and fats on the go.
- How to Add a Custom Food Item in MyFitnessPal
Sometimes the MyFitnessPal database doesn’t have the food item you’re looking for. Luckily, it’s easy to add in your very own so you always have it handy!
- How to Share a Meal With Friends in MyFitnessPal via Text Message (iMessage feature)
iPhone users rejoice! Now if you’re eating the same meal as your bestie or significant other, only one of you has to enter it in MyFitnessPal because you can just text message it to the other person using iMessage!
- How to Set Different Macros for Different Days of the Week With MyFitnessPal (Premium)
There are a few reasons you may want to have different nutrition goals on different days of the week. Refeed days, rest days, lower or higher activity days. For these reasons, knowing how to set those macro goals on different days in MyFitnessPal is a must-have feature!
Whether you’re a newbie trying to set your profile up, or a pro tracking a bulk recipe — these tutorials will help!
After all, what you eat in the kitchen is 80% of attaining your weight loss and fitness goals.
Reach out if you have any questions!