MyFitnessPal is an app you can use to count calories, track your macronutrients, and to measure your weight loss (or gain) progress.
There are other tools you can use, but MyFitnessPal is the best one I’ve found.
The key to burning fat and gaining muscle is manipulating your macronutrients to achieve those goals. However, keeping track of every macronutrient you eat would be a pain in the ass with a pencil and paper — which is why we use the app.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about with tracking your macros, read this:
How to Set Your Fitness Goals in MyFitnessPal
At the bottom of the app, click on More.
In that menu, click on Goals.
List your current weight.
The best time to weigh yourself is on Friday morning as soon as you wake up and immediately after peeing. This will give the most consistent measurement. Many people like to weigh on Mondays, but we tend to eat out more on the weekends and that can cause temporary bloating to throw your numbers off.
Then set your goal weight.
Next, you will choose your weekly goal, such as losing up to 2 lbs per week or gaining up to 2 lbs per week.
Finally, set your activity level. Unless you are truly on your feet all day as a UPS delivery man or something like that, set it to lightly active. Otherwise, MyFitnessPal tries to mess up the caloric suggestions.
Now click on Calorie & Macronutrient Goals.
How to Set Your Macros in MyFitnessPal
First, you want to set your overall caloric intake goal.
If you have no idea where to start with your calories, go with the recommended calories from MyFitnessPal and see what happens after one week. If you are trying to lose weight and you don’t lose anything, drop them down by 100 calories. Repeat this until you start to lose weight. Once you plateau again, drop the calories down some more.
Then you want to set your macros to match what your coach has provided you or what you’re aiming for at this time.
You can set and monitor your macros by either a percentage scale or by the total grams.
How to Log Your Food in MyFitnessPal
MyFitnessPal makes it incredibly easy to log your food diary for the day.
From the home screen, at the bottom, click Diary.
Once you’re in the diary, click on the big + sign to add food to a specific meal.
You can search within the app to find your food — MyFitnessPal has pretty much everything from grocery stores and the majority of restaurants as well.
If you have the food packaging on hand, you can click on the scanner button and scan the barcode. This will bring up the nutrition content for you.
Be sure to pay attention to the servings sizes and number of servings when logging your food.
After logging a meal, you can see how many calories you have remaining for the day and how much you ate during each meal.
How to Track Your Macros in MyFitnessPal
From the food diary, click anywhere in the calories banner to see your macronutrient breakdown.
At the top, you can choose to view Calories, Nutrients, and Macros.
I generally don’t look at the Calories tab and focus mostly on the Nutrients tab.
The Nutrients tab shows you how much of each macronutrient you have eaten and how much you have left to hit your daily goal.
However, it also shows you very useful information like how much sugar, fiber, and electrolytes you’ve consumed.
There’s a lot more to MyFitnessPal, but these are the features you will need the most.
By the way, I have no affiliation with this brand — I just honestly love the product. I’ve been a loyal user since 2011 and the app has only improved over that time.
Now that you know the easy way to track your macros, it’s time to learn the easy way to prepare meals in advance.
Fitness Dieting Made Easy
This FREE guide shows you what to eat for burning fat, building muscle, and improving your health!
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