Meet My Fitness Pal….

Fed up with all the fad diets and advice about how to lose weight?

Let’s face it; losing weight isn’t rocket science but the multi-million pound diet industry just keeps expanding, not unlike the great British waistline! I have never been a fan of food group exclusion diets, and have always felt that although they may offer a short term quick fix, when the body is denied certain food groups, as soon as they are re-introduced the body just stores what it has been denied, and the quick fix weight is piled back on. I am a great believer in ‘everything in moderation’. I can’t claim to have tried many of these fad diets in the past, but know many people who have. My belief to successful weight loss is primarily to have the passionate self motivation and will to want to change your body size. If this is not present it will be virtually impossible to stick to a new eating regime. This is possibly why group weight loss clubs are effective, as there is support to keep your motivation on the up. However if you are not a fan of group weigh in sessions, which I am not, and you believe that in order to lose weight you need to reduce your calorie intake and increase your exercise, and need an effective way to self-manage this, you may like www.myfitnesspal.com.

Membership to MyFitnessPal.com, gives you the tools you need to successfully take weight off – and keep it off. And best of all, everything the site is 100% FREE. So put away your credit card – you’ll never have to pay a penny.

Apparently, study after study has confirmed the benefits of keeping track of the food you eat and the activity you do. It’s simple – the more consistently you track your food intake, the more likely you are to lose weight. That’s why every successful weight management program suggests that you keep a food diary and/or an activity log. But recording everything you eat without the right tools can be tedious at best, or simply impossible at worst.

At MyFitnessPal.com, focuses on making sure you can log your meals as quickly and easily as possible. Because the easier we it for you, the more likely you are to stay on track, and the more likely you are to succeed in your weight loss goals.

How does it work?

The reason the system is so easy to use is because it learns from you! All of us tend to eat the same foods over time. MyFitnessPal.com remembers what you’ve eaten and done most often in the past, and makes it easy for you to add those foods again to your log.

So the more you track your meals, the easier it becomes!

What I like about MyFitnessPal.com is that around 600,000 foods and meals have already been pre-calculated in terms of calorie and nutritional content so if you eat a Marks and Spencer Sandwich, a Starbucks coffee or a Pizza Express Salad for example, all the data is there, which makes logging what you eat simple. So once you have set up your basic data, and worked out your personal goals and daily calorie intake, you simply log in daily, and track your food intake and exercise output, and it is simple to calculate your daily food allowance. There is an Application for your mobile too, so you can keep track of what you are up to, whilst on the move. There is a community if you want to share what you are up to, which is optional, and you get gentle reminders if you don’t log in for a few days. You can weigh in when you want and there is an ongoing record of your achievements. All this for free, and without going to a “Fat Fighters Club”!

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Sally Lock

I have been writing blogs and features for some years, specialising in recipes and all things related to food. Previously, I wrote for an environmentally friendly garden website, and have been a recipe advisor for Womans Journal. Mother of three and the ultimate multi-tasker, I am also the Creative Director for Silversurfers and manage all our social media too.

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