My Fitness Pal Review

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My Fitness Pal is a community based website that allows dieters to track calories and progress online. The community is free to join and use without a credit card. More than 500,000 foods are included in the database and users have the ability to add foods to their daily records as needed. Mobile applications are also available for the iPhone and Android based systems making calorie counting on the go easier. The idea behind communities like My Fitness Pal is to provide support through use of integrated tools and peer communication. There are several websites like this one including Spark.com and all offer the same general support. Active communities tend to be more viable than inactive communities.

List of Ingredients

Peer based community with calorie counting and tracking.

Product Features

If a dieter wants to lose weight, the best solution is to keep a food journal and tracking caloric intake. This has nothing to do with taking a proven fat burner as a fat burner will do nothing if the dieter continues to eat a large number of calories. When tracking calories, some dieters find it easier to track progress online and that is where My Fitness Pal comes in handy. With a free mobile application, users can update progress on an Android based cell phone or iPhone and all information is synced with the online account. This is a huge benefit for many dieters who don’t want to write everything down throughout the day and spend an hour or more tracking calories at night when its too late to change what’s already been eaten.

Websites like My Fitness Pal, however, do have a downside. Dieters need to be dedicated to tracking foods in order for the free tools to work. If foods are not tracked, there is no benefit to the system at all. There is also a huge room for error as foods not included in the database need to be added by dieters. Serving sizes are also a problem as many dieters have no idea how much of something they ate and guess when entering foods dramatically decreasing the real total caloric amount.

My Fitness Pal is a free service, so dieters can use all tools without fear of being charged for the service. This is a great choice for men and women who have the time to track foods and keep up with logging foods daily. The community based peer support can also help dieters stay on track. Some dieters even choose to track proven weight loss supplements and daily vitamins on sites like My Fitness Pal.

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Advantages

  • The service is free.
  • Tracking calories is proven to increase weight loss.
  • Peer based support could help some dieters stay on track.

Disadvantages

  • Tracking calories online requires time and dedication.
  • Portion sizes are determined by the dieter, which could flaw total calories consumed.
  • Dieters still need to make good food choices and exercise.

Conclusion

We like My Fitness Pal as a mobile / online tracking application. Any free tools dieters can use to keep up the hard work to reach weight loss goals is a benefit in our book. Proven weight loss supplements will only support faster weight loss when combined with healthy, low-calorie eating and a daily exercise regime.

 

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32 User Reviews about My Fitness Pal

  • 1
    Joanne

    The app is messed up every time u update it now it’s receding today on tomorrow if it’s not broke don’t fix it was better before !!!!

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  • 2
    Brian

    One month and 6 pounds down. I love this app and the accountability it brings.

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    leslie

    Its a lot like weight watchers but when it doesn’t work it is frustrating! I cant seem to make it work all the time and how do you know the calorie count on most foods when you don’t have a container, it so frustrating most times! I want to use it but I feel so dumb! Can you use the app from my home computer? Help!

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  • 4
    Your Name

    How do you add measuring fibre in journal?

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  • 5
    5Gigi

    My Fitness Pal sure beats Weight Watchers as far as Ap sites go. I have lost 9 lbs. since starting approx. 2 1/2 weeks ago. I am 5’3″, weight 130, and have a goal to reach of 123 lbs. I am on the 1200 cal diet, and keeping a food diary is the only way to see what you eat. Love this program.

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    Steph

    Since the I phone update I have been unable to search foods. I want to cancels account and start over but the programs is not set up to do that

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  • 7
    Dottie

    My Dr. told me to use this site but I was able to log in but don’t know how to get around from there so it’s doing me no good. Some one please help me.

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  • 8
    Jo Makely

    Loved app for I phone but for the last week the daily weight graph has gone crazy. Will not remember past weights, does not graph and graph coordinates are now bizarre

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    Amanda

    I’ve been using this for 1 month it’s the best thing I’ve ever used. I’ve already lost 24 lbs all I’ve done is cut out fried foods sweets and switched to diet I excercise 3 times a week and never use all my calories. If anyone needs any support add me amandapadgett12.

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  • 10
    pfeifferrjp

    I know how to edit my profile but I want to refigure my allowed caloric intake to make sure it is correct I have been at 1200 since April 1 and exercises 5-6 times a week and am not losing even 1 pound per week

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  • 11
    Estelle

    Why did you stop putting sugar content of foods in the nutrients section? This is important for diabetics

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  • 12
    mary

    Actually, no. My fitness pal recommends 26 grams of sugar per day. If you actually research online this is the daily recommended amount of ADDED sugar you are spotted per day. Fruits don’t fit into this category. Just having one cup of skim milk is 12 g of sugar, eat an orange too and you’re already at your allowed amount that day. That’s ridiculous, and needs desperately to be fixed on this application.

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    mayra

    so ive been on this app for a week, and with milk and a banana i already consumed half of my sugar intake.

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  • 13
    Estelle

    Why did you stop putting sugar content of foods in the “add foods”section? This is important for diabetics

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  • 14
    Jada

    I decided not to use this app..Majority of the people there are not there to support but to cause problems. Reading some forums and this is dated back a couple years up to 2013 I see a lot saying they don’t post because of people going around to cause arguments. MY suggestion…there are other friendlier apps to use where you would get good support.

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    ohzee64

    Humana map my fitness it’s free and accurate with calories and exercise I love it

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  • 15
    gin

    So far in just over 3 months I have lost 23 pounds! I do cardio 3 times per week and weight training 2 times per week… sometimes I go over my calories but most of the time I don’t.

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  • 16
    Sylvia

    Love it for convenience
    Like Bobbi F wonder source of info My potassium packed tomatoes don’t compute Makes me question other info
    Works well as iPhone app

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  • 17
    Sylvia

    Love it for convenience Like Bobbi F where does info come from I get NO READ for my potassium filled tomatoes Makes me question other info
    sbl

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  • 18
    Ellie

    (that was in reply to “k”)

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  • 19
    Ellie

    This is flat out wrong. Weight training, especially metabolic conditioning (crossfit style training) is excellent at burning calories during and after the workout. Get a heart rate monitor watch (like a polar-w the chest strap) to approximate your calories burned during weight training.

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  • 20
    Neicey

    Im trying register to my fitness pal.
    I was at a Restaurant today and he told me about the AP.
    It does not like any of the usernames I put in there. It says the username is already taken. I’ve even tried using helpme and added different numbers to it and it wont let me sign up for the sight.

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  • 21
    Hendy

    A sugar is still a sugar no matter if you eat a fruit or white sugar. Research that and get more nutrients and less sugar from vegetables.

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  • 22
    lnavarrot

    My workouts are only showing calories used in aerobics not weights. Am I inputting incorrectly. How do I get the weight training to show calories used?

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    K

    Weight training doesn’t burn calories. It is great for toning and converting fat to muscle, but no calories are counted. Bummer, huh?

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    fitnessgal

    fat doesnt convert to muscle and muscle doesnt convert to fat you either burn fat or build muscle and weight training does help o burn calories aerobics just burns more

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    gin

    You should be able to calculate your calories for weight lifting under the cardio tab… you just have to input the exercise (ex: dead lift) individually. In addition, during the actual wieght lifting you burn less calories than doing cardio but you continue to burn a higher rate of calories longer.. up to 3 days longer than when you do cardio. Muscle wieghs more than fat but looks much sexer and smaller

  • 23
    LelaPark

    Do you need a cell phone to use this?

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  • 24
    judi

    how do i sign up?/get started using this?

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  • 25
    Bobbi Farrand

    WHo is the author of My Fitness Pal? Where does the information come from on the website?

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  • 26
    Mai Rogers

    Where do I find how to calculate what my normal weight should be?

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  • 27
    joe

    My plan allows me 42g of sugar a day. Sugar from fruit is included in this. An Orange has 14g of sugar. If I have 5 fruit a day it takes me over. I avoid sugar but am always over what my plan recommends. Does it matter? Also my vitamins are always red because I am over that by lots too. Is that a problem?

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