Food tracking is something we hear a lot about. Even with the progression of technology and the availability of smart phones, it’s something I have not actually done for a while. I used to keep a food log (like an old school one where I wrote it in a little notebook) and it took forever! Recently I have decided to try and drop some body fat, so I was told to get My Fitness Pal and start tracking!
I was a little hesitant at first, as it took so much time before. I downloaded the app and have started to use it and to my surprise (so far) I love it! I would consider myself a little seasoned in the nutrition area—I did teach nutrition classes to kids and families – and I feel like I “know” what I am supposed to eat and do to lean out or improve body composition. However, I have always struggled to drop much weight/fat without losing strength, so my strength goals have always taken priority.
Ill clarify, though, that I am not on a “diet”, nor is weight loss necessarily a goal. I love my muscle (I wouldn’t be upset to gain more) and instead, I would just like to lose some body fat so those muscles I’ve worked hard for show more!
It is only day 3 of my working with this MFP app and I’m shocked how easy it is. There is an option to scan the barcode of food items you are eating, and it pulls in the nutrition information automatically; no searching, guessing, or trying to manually enter the food. This is the biggest plus for me, as I am so busy during the day, and like most, I do not have time to fumble trying to find the foods to enter.
I also like that it gives you a graph breaking down your macros. I can easily see how much protein, fat, and carbs I have had for the day in a simple graph.
So far, it’s helping to keep me honest as well I don’t eat too terribly (at least not usually) but actually seeing the calories and food choices is much easier than just having them in my head and guessing.
For me, this tracking is not really about limiting—sometimes I have a hard time getting all my meals in, so it’s been helpful in that sense too. I make sure I get the macros and foods I need to in during the day. You can also track exercise, which I think would be very helpful for someone just starting out.
I am excited to try this tracking ‘experiment’ for a bit and see how it turns out! With rehab and changing my normal routines anyway, this is just another thing to play around with. I will make sure to keep you all updated on the progress!