Everybody needs a buddy and this app has definitely been helpful. It’s a free app I’ve downloaded called My Fitness Pal.It’s still not perfect but it really is a handy tool for helping to build a healthy relationship towards food.
So many times you hear people saying “I’ve hardly eaten anything this week but I’ve gained pounds! How is this happening?!” and it’s really all down to food awareness. You may not have eaten much but you’ve probably eaten small amounts of the wrong stuff which are packed with carbs and calories you didn’t even realise you were consuming. These empty calories mean you’re wasting every opportunity to nourish your body and you’re not giving your body the fuel it needs and then you’re starving and want to binge at your next meal time. it’s not a good cycle.
So what my fitness pal helps you with is firstly you set what your aim is, whether that’s to gain, lose or maintain weight. You also need to put in all of your stats (be honest! cheating will just mean disappointment in the results!) and then it calculates how many calories you should be consuming each day. Then you can start adding in your meals, it’s even got a handy barcode scanner so you just have to scan the packet when you take it out of the fridge, you can also add in exercise done that day which amends your calorie intake and you can also link it to your fitbit if you have one.
Here’s what my nutritional pie (mmmm……pie!) chart looks like for the last 3 days.
It points out what my actual intake is and what it thinks your goal intake should be, now this is where I think it isn’t perfect because it’s telling me that my carb intake should be 50% and that’s just not going to work for me and my primal, clean eating diet! So take everything with a pinch of salt. This is by no means a bible but it’s a super useful app that shows you where your calories are being used up and where you can tweak your diet.
Love Roo xx