Do you want to know the big secret to losing weight? It’s pretty cut and dry for the most part. You have to burn more than you consume…calories that is. So naturally, if you want to lose weight you have to track how many calories you’re consuming every day and how many calories you’re burning every day. That’s right- no miracle drug out there yet, so for now you’ll have to do it the old fashion way- eat properly for your bodies needs. There is, however, an electronic tool that I personally use and recommend all my clients to use that makes it easier than ever to lose weight called MyFitnessPal.
MyFitnessPal is an electronic food log/diary that has over 2,000,000 searchable food/beverage items in it’s database, including menu items from most major restaurants that disclose the nutrition facts of their dishes. The best part is it’s a free smart phone app and is also very very user friendly. The first step is to setup a profile where it asks you a series of questions about your current condition, activity level, and weight goals to determine how many calories/day you need to stay under in order to have a deficit (or surplus if you’re trying to gain weight). Then you just have to make sure you log everything you eat and drink every day and it automatically deducts the calories from your daily allotted calories. As long as you stay under your allotted calories for the day you’ll lose weight! Yes- losing weight is as simple as that.
My favorite thing about it is it also has features that allow you to customize a meal plan for yourself by adjusting your macro ratios and calories. I’ll let you all in on a little secret…it’s what I use to do meal planning for my clients! I’ve had great results using MyFitnessPal and I highly recommend anyone looking for help with weight management to utilize it as well.
Check out the MyFitnessPal website for free tutorials on how to get started and navigate through all the features. It’s super easy and 100% effective! I’m been using it for years, so please feel free to contact me with any questions, or if you need help with meal planning.
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