One of the easiest ways to monitor your weight and what you eat is by keeping a food journal. However, with an on the go lifestyle, carrying around a journal is unrealistic, as is attempting to keep one on your computer. Let’s face it, are you really going to write down everything at the end of the day on your computer? That handful of cookies could become only 1 if you’re recollecting your entire day.
I’m currently trying out MyFitnessPal so that my sweet teeth will stay in check. It’s a website, and an iPhone app. I appreciate having a phone app so that I will always be able to record after a meal when it is still fresh in my mind. This one will calculate how many calories you should be eating in a day and will tell you after every entry of food how many calories you have remaining. So if you need your chocolate fix, you know how much of a splurge room you have that day. It syncs automatically with the website so that it is easy to sit down once a week and monitor your progress.
We’ll see if I still find it handy and useful in a few months – I love trying these but I tend to get bored and forget about using them after a while. This year I will be attempting to practice what I preach to my clients. Here’s to hoping that this is the app that I have been waiting for – one that will motivate me to use it. At least this one allows me to set reminders for entering my meals so perhaps it’ll become a habit.