How to Get Started with MyFit­nessPal

iPhone Life Magazine - - iPhone LIfe - BY PAULA BOSTROM

Whether you're try­ing to bulk up, trim down, or sim­ply main­tain your weight, this easy-to-use calo­rie-counter app is a great as­set. With over 5 mil­lion foods in its data­base, you're ba­si­cally guar­an­teed to find in­for­ma­tion on a food that you're eat­ing, in­clud­ing food from pop­u­lar restau­rants. I can even track the nu­tri­tion in my home­made meals! You can sync MyFit­nessPal with your iPhone or fit­ness tracker to keep track of ex­er­cise and how many calo­ries you burn through­out the day. The fol­low­ing are a few tips to help you get the most out of the MyFit­nessPal app. Read & An­a­lyze Nu­tri­tion In­for­ma­tion

Count­ing calo­ries is the main fo­cus of MyFit­nessPal as it's pri­mar­ily a tool to help you achieve your ideal weight. When you set up the app, you will be given a daily calo­rie goal de­pend­ing on your goal weight. If you're more in­ter­ested in track­ing your nu­tri­tion, how­ever, MyFit­nessPal also breaks down the car­bo­hy­drates, fat, and pro­tein in your diet. The MyFit­nessPal blog takes nu­tri­tion a step fur­ther, giv­ing nu­tri­tion tips, such as sug­gest­ing you eat com­plex carbs, lean pro­tein, and healthy fats. En­ter Home­made Meals

You can eas­ily en­ter the meals you make at home by open­ing the app and then tapping the + icon along the bot­tom of the screen. Then tap Food and se­lect a meal. Tap Recipes > Cre­ate a Recipe and then ei­ther choose to add a recipe you found on the web (MyFit­nessPal will au­to­mat­i­cally im­port the in­gre­di­ents for you) or you can en­ter your in­gre­di­ents man­u­ally. In this ex­am­ple, I am en­ter­ing the in­gre­di­ents man­u­ally for my turkey ta­cos recipe. En­ter in­gre­di­ents one by one and you will be given choices from MyFit­nessPal's food data­base. Once you're fin­ished en­ter­ing your in­gre­di­ents, tap the ar­row at the top right and you will be given nu­tri­tion facts for each serv­ing, in­clud­ing calo­ries, fat, carbs, and pro­tein. En­ter Your Work­outs

En­ter­ing work­outs in MyFit­nessPal is a sat­is­fy­ing way to add calo­ries you've burned back to your daily al­lowance. To en­ter a work­out, tap the + icon on the bot­tom of the screen, then tap Ex­er­cise and se­lect ei­ther Car­dio (in­creased heart rate) or Strength (weightlift­ing). Cre­ate your own ex­er­cise by se­lect­ing Cre­ate a New Ex­er­cise or search for an ex­er­cise from the Search bar. When you se­lect an ex­er­cise, you'll need to en­ter a num­ber un­der Min­utes Per­formed. Once you're fin­ished, MyFit­nessPal will show you how many calo­ries you burned dur­ing that spe­cific ex­er­cise. En­ter Foods Us­ing the Bar­code Scan­ner

Here's a short­cut for en­ter­ing pack­aged food to MyFit­nessPal. Sim­ply tap the + icon on the bot­tom of the screen, se­lect Food, and then se­lect a meal. Next, tap the bar­code scan­ner in the up­per right corner of the screen and then scan the item's bar­code. Nu­tri­tion in­for­ma­tion for the food will then be avail­able and you can add it to your food di­ary by tapping the check­mark in the up­per right corner of the screen.

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