According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 69% of adults age 20 years and over are overweight. Well, last year at this time, I was part of that 69%. I ate what I wanted, did what I wanted, and used every excuse in the world to justify my weight.
No problem I told myself; I’ll just exercise, and the weight will just fall off like I’m 20 years old again … NOT. Then my daughter told me about a free app for my smartphone that would make it convenient to count my calories called MyFitnessPal.
MyFitnessPal allows you to enter the names of foods or scan barcodes to find items in a large database of over 3 million foods or select foods from a list of most frequently eaten foods. MyFitnessPal also tracks different exercises so that when the number of minutes spent exercising is entered, the amount of calories burned is calculated and added to the total number of calories you should eat each day.
So I set my current weight, set my goal weight, told it I was basically lazy and wanted to lose a pound a week, and it automatically set my daily calories necessary to achieve my goals. One year later, I have lost 52 pounds, taking my weight from 247 pounds down to 195 pounds.
My point is not to brag about my weight loss but to let you know that information is the key to your success, and it is at your fingertips. The MyFitnessPal app and many others like it allow you to monitor your calorie intake and the nutritional values that are necessary to weight loss. Over time, it has made me realize the amount of unnecessary food I was eating. My portions were too big, and the fast food I consumed was packed with sodium and other additives not good for my health.
So if your New Year’s resolution was to lose weight or eat healthier and you are either struggling or just need an additional boost to move you along, I would recommend downloading MyFitnessPal on your smartphone. I guarantee it will be a real eye-opener.
Director of Financial Products