Nutrition Tracking Made Easier Than Cooking With MyFitnessPal: Essential Tools

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Nutrition Tracking Made Easier Than Cooking With MyFitnessPal: Essential Tools

Need to change your weight, but not sure where to start? Have you thought about implementing nutrition tracking?

As some of you may know, I train and consult with a wide range of individuals and teams in various aspects such as physical training, nutrition tracking and guidance, soccer teams, etc.

Naturally I am often asked questions about appropriate diets for individuals. People looking for a magic secret or bullet. In reality, there is no such thing. However, I have found MyFitnessPal to be a wonderful app to be very easy to understand for just about everyone, and most importantly, helps to instill behavioral change as a result.

 

Whenever I begin to work with a new client, I always recommend that they download the MyFitnessPal app.

Why?

Because it is an excellent way of educating the client. If I can ever take the route of ‘teaching a man to fish’, I will. Anyone and everyone loves learning about themselves, and a great amount can be learnt from inputting your nutritional habits into the app and learning the ins and outs of nutrition tracking. Which brings me on to the second reason I love the app:

It teaches individuals to get into the habit of easily and quickly logging their nutritional behavior. This is essential for both establishing a baseline of nutritional intake, and provides a tangible platform for creating (and monitoring!) change.




MyFitnessPal, for the unaware, is essentially a calorie-counter, diet- and fitness-tracker. The food side of things it is excellent at. A couple of the best features are that you can just scan the barcode of a product using your phone and it will find it in the HUGE user compiled database. You can even add your own recipes and concoctions.

But the thing that really makes it indispensable?

It remembers your common meals so it really is just a case of opening the app and ticking a couple of boxes once you are up and running. You can then see a breakdown of your macro (carbohydrates, protein, and fat) consumption for the day so far, what your target is, and what you have left. You may even be pleasantly surprised!

Making your clients more nutritionally aware can be no bad thing. Education is key to much of what I do as a practitioner.

The MyFitnessPal app is free, and you can get it on ios here, and on android here.

 

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