Tuesday, 11 November 2014

MyFitnessPal review

Welcome to 5.14 fitness

This is another review of a fitness/health app that is aimed at aiding your lifestyle and exercise. I have already reviewed, in two parts, the app Strava, which focuses on running and cycling. The app I am reviewing today aims more at the diet and health part, and it is called MyFitnessPal. This is my current favourite app and I like it a lot.

MyFitnessPal is a website and an app that lets you log in all that you eat, drink and exercise. The app tracks the exact calories and formulates how you are doing in relations to goals you set.
You start by making an account , one which can link to your Facebook or Google account. Once an account has been created, you then proceed to enter your height, weight and age. After this, goals are introduced and you can set how much weight you want to lose in a given time,
The app then calculates how much calories you should intake daily to lose the amount of weight you want, It also gives you how many calories you need to eat a day to stay at , or gain , in weight,

Every day, you simply type in the food you had for a given meal ( I.E lunch ) and log it in to your ' diary ' . The amount of food available to you is very good, and the range of food is extensive. There are foods from all supermarkets and retailers, and I have yet to find something that they don't have, the app adds the amount of calories the food has in it to your diary. You can quickly add calories to each meal, and select how much of the food or meal you had. Overall, the system is incredibly good, and I have had absolutely no problems with it, adding to my like for the app.

You can also add exercise to your diary, thus taking calories off your amount for the day. You can add a high range of sport, and even add specific sets and reps of weights or workouts you have done. However, this feature on sets and reps does not add or take calories, it is merely there for you to look back on. You can add circuit training to the exercise column, which takes calories off. Despite this, I found it takes off too many calories than what you actually burn off- so usually I tweak the calories and put them down a bit.

Overall, this whole system is very effective, so at the end of the day you have a clear view of how many calories you have consumed and if you have lost weight that day or not. At the end of the day, you can complete the daily log, and the MyFitnessPal will tell you how much weight you will have lost in 5 weeks, if everyday were like that day. This is a really good feature and I love how it gives you great hope and determination through it.
The website is very similar to the app, and you can also add notes and amount of water drank on it. There are lots of other things to do on MyFitnessPal, including a blog, but this is not that significant on a whole.

Now for the conclusion, and here are my Pro's and Cons


  • Brilliant calorie counter 
  • Great exercise tracker
  • Goals system is effective
  • Lots of features to formulate confident data
  • Blog feature

  • No support for accurately tracking sports 
  • Not very accurate calorie measurements for sports
  • Not many additional features for website
Overall, the app is a favourite of mine because it is so simple, yet really helps your health. This app has encouraged me to eat healthier , as I am determined to stay under my calorie intake target for the day. This is a great app to have alongside something like Strava, as it is really brilliant at making you feel good about yourself and eating healthier.

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