The thing that marks a smart phone "smart," is that they can do much more than just make and receive phone calls. Android smart phones and devices have access to a world of apps via the Android Market that really put the intelligence into these smart devices.
One impressive category of apps available for Android is "Health and Fitness." If you've ever wondered what is the best app to carry in your pocket to assist you with your weight loss and diet goals, look to My Fitness Pal.
Tracking What Goes In
As important to overall health as exercise is, the food and drink you put into your body is critical to improving or maintaining your health. My Fitness Pal is an app into which you record everything you eat and drink. Yes, keeping track of your entire diet can be cumbersome but is a very important daily task for a few reasons:
- Most people have no idea what they are putting into their bodies
- Most people have no idea how much they eat on an average day
- The best way to lose weight is to track what and how much you eat
My Fitness Pal gives Android users an easy and portable way to enter in your daily consumption and then tracks your calories, fat, carbs and protein gram intake. My Fitness Pal takes the guesswork out of tracking your intake and eliminates both trying to remember what you ate and having to carry paper and pen around everywhere you go.
My Fintess Pal includes a bar code feature that gives users the ability to scan in the bar code listed on most every food or drink item that can be purchased. Once scanned, you can enter in the number of servings you had of a particular product and the app does all the calculations for you.
Another very useful feature is access to an incredible database of food and drink items. When a user enters in their meals, My Fitness Pal accesses the database of both brand name and general consumables, and delivers the details of the nutritional content. Though not every food or drink item is in the database, I have yet to find anything that crosses my plate that isn't in the My Fitness Pal database.
These two features make the laborious task of entering in everything eaten much easier.
For me, having a limit to the number of calories I can consume in one day is not something I enjoy. But with the exercise feature of My Fitness Pal, I can earn additional daily calories if I exercise. Once you create your My Fitness Pal profile and enter in your weight loss goals, the app will suggest how many calories you should consume each day. With each meal, your remaining daily calories will diminish. But, record any exercise that you've completed and watch your remaining daily calories automatically increase.
Many people need as much motivation to exercise as possible and seeing how many calories you've burned while exercising can often be more demotivating than motivating. But when you see how much more you can eat in a given day because of exercising, you may just be motivated to put in a few more minutes on the treadmill.
Helping You Reach Your Weight Loss Goal
Until a developer creates an app that records everything you eat or drink automatically and provides you with a detailed analysis of your caloric and nutritional intake, My Fitness App will be one of the best apps to fill this need.
While it can be frustrating at times to record what you eat, My Fitness Pal forces users to be more aware or their diet. Entering in your daily consumption is made much easier with the features of this app, which will inspire users to keep on track.
My Fitness Pal is not the only app that allows users to track their consumption, but it does it better than most. Its accuracy and incredible database of foods and drinks alone are worth 4 stars and the bar code scanning and exercise-motivation features put My Fitness Pal over the top.
Available for free download in the Android Market, My Fitness Pal is certainly an app that dieters should download.
Consult with a physician before beginning any diet or weight loss plan.