Anyone use a good free one they’d recommend for iOS?
I had great results w/ myfitnesspal. The thing will even scan bar codes so you don't have to manually input many of your foods.
I use Lose It, it also lets you scan barcodes.
You have to be careful though, garbage in-garbage out. Users can create foods that are shareable so Lose It at least has a lot of totally wrong food items in the database. Not an issue for me, I can tell if something is off easy since I have read so many food labels.
It also takes practice estimating amounts, I’d suggest measuring every once in awhile to keep your estimating eye calibrated.
another vote for Lose It. It is what i use.
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I don't use one anymore but when I was working on losing weight I used myfitnesspal.
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Imo, counting calories needs to die a swift and merciful death. Eat to satiety. If the objective is losing fat, eat fat. It's the quality of calories that matter.
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I recommend chronometer. Breaks down foods into protein, carbs and fats. I use it and it really made a difference when I started eating keto. Once you know your ratio/mix of these 3 this app really helps you to stay on target. You can create foods, recipes, etc. And it’s free (although there’s an option to upgrade but I see no reason to). Regardless good luck!
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I’m just trying to get an idea off how much I’m taking in each day on average.
It is important to get a baseline as well as make sure you are tracking the macro-nutrients not just the calories (carbs, fat, protein).
SigSentry is right, calories don't matter in and of themselves. Our bodies are hormone driven. What we eat (or don't, or when we aren't eating at all) controls those hormones and the hormones control fat storage (or burn), hunger etc.
If you were eating 100% whole foods with limited carb intake it would be very difficult to over-eat.
Processed carbs with very few nutrients and low fat...really easy to over eat!
My biggest Achilles heal is alcohol, lots of extra empty calories there...
I’m aware of that. I’m simply looking for an easy way of tracking my average intake for a week or two. Really, don’t over complicate this. I’ve downloaded My Fitness Pal and will give it a shot.
I use Lose It and Fooducate, just to get an idea of calories per portion.
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My Fitness Pal looks to do a good job of that too. It shows me being able to lose a pound a week on about 2400 calories a day. So far I’m down 13 pounds in one week just eliminating sugar and dropping the beer to one a day (none yesterday Brie to a headache).
I’ve been in decent shape overall the last 25 years and weight training most of that time as well. I was slipping this year and the weight adds up easier each year too (just rolled 46 on the odometer in August). The goal is 180-185 as that has always been my best from looks, health and how I felt. Hope it gets the blood pressure back under control. I hate the idea of taking meds the rest of my life.
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This has already been handy a couple times. One thing I’m unsure of is the input for exercise. Since the calories burned number from cardio machines vary so wildly I feel like it’s probably not worth it. The weight training input seems pointless and isn’t very well done IMO. I’ve got JEFIT for that specifically.
I know you have studied this pretty extensively. How far into the "processed" realm do you think is reasonable?
In the strictest sense, as soon as you season a piece of meat and cook it, it's "processed". I doubt that's what you are talking about, but there's a heck of a lot of gray territory between raw meat and Oreos.
I don’t personally take it too far. Objectively, perfectly healthy would just be all whole foods, cooking is fine (all raw is pretty extreme IMHO).
In practical terms, I just try to limit the processed stuff. Last night we had burgers, salad and cauliflower “veggie” tots from a bag in the frozen food section. Yes, the “tots” are processed with some undesirable ingredients, but they are still over 90% cauliflower and way healthier for us and the kids than regular tots or fries. We don’t eat that type of stuff daily either.
If a person were to go from an 80% processed crap diet, 20% whole food and invert that, it would make a huge difference. 20% is still a lot of leeway for the unhealthy treats on occasion.
I started using My Fitness Pal last month after it was recommended to me by Johns Hopkins Executive Health. It's better than the apps I used before. The bar code feature covers more items and it gives you good nutritional information as well.
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MyFitnessPal is the go to app in the fitness community as far as I can tell. It is used by a large majority of fitness competitors that I know.
I have used it to keep track of my nutrition and found it to be fairly easy to use. It's certainly where I would recommend starting.
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My fitness pal helped me lose 150 pounds and I have used it to maintain for 2 years now.
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