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Weight Loss: MyFitnessPal

Weight Loss: With MyFitnessPal


The MyFitnessPal is gaining great popularity and, in my estimation, for good reason.  There are solid psychological principles at play.  First of all they make it very easy to record your meals.  This one simple thing may account for lion’s share of the weight loss that people are experiencing.  As a therapist I provide my clients with a simple 18 multiple choice set of questions that takes them 3 minutes to fill out.  Just by doing this, and me reviewing their answers, clients are expected to experience a 30% improvement in achieving their counseling goals.  The same concept is at play with MyFitnessPal.  In just a few seconds they make it possible to record what you have eaten.

Prior to recording what you eat, the app has helped you set a goal by asking a series of very simple questions.  What do you weigh now?  What weight do you want to weigh?  How fast do you want to lose the weight?  Are you male are female?  How active are you?  With this information the app will tell you immediately how many calories it takes for you to maintain your weight and how much to achieve your goal.

This to, is very much like the treatment plan that I do with my clients.  What is the current presenting problem?  What are your goals?  What are your obstacles? And then we set out a plan to get from where you are now to where you want to be.

Now, MyFitnessPal does something very cool.  You can sync the app with an exercise app like runtastic or many others.  This app automatically translates your activity into calories consumed that is used in the calculation on the MyFitnessPal app. 

Here is why that is so cool.  In order for me to meet my goal, I need to consume 1200 calories per day.  Recently, it was getting near the end of the day and I was almost 300 calories over my goal of 1200.  With most “diets” I’d have to just give it up and say I screwed up.  Not so with MyFitnessPal.  I went on a brisk walk and burned off the 300 calories. Like magic, I’m all good for the day.

I have struggled with my weight for years since I stopped smoking.  With MyFitnessPal I can honestly say that I am not on a diet.  By logging what I eat, seeing its calorie consequence and balancing that with my goal and exercise, which is all done (except the eating and the exercise, of course) automatically. It has made the process painless.  By the way, exercise can be jogging, swimming, housecleaning or a whole host of other activities. 

This is something that really works in real life.  As with the treatment plan, my clients see each week how they are progressing.  MyFitnessPal is very sound and its popularity well deserved.