Early February is the perfect time to start the traditional preparations for summer. It is true that an athletic figure is given not only by grueling workouts, but also by the right attitude towards nutrition. Free App for Counting MyFitnessPal for iOS is one of the best in the AppStore, which allows you to monitor your daily diet and count calories.
To begin with, a little bit of theory. As a rule, people go to the gym who want to lose extra weight, tighten their figure or improve their health. And among them there is a very common opinion that you need to run a lot and a long time to lose weight, but then most of them go home and eat a lot for the night and then go to bed. Such workouts are meaningless and harmful to health - the untrained body gets stressed, and after that it cannot rest because the remaining energy is spent on digesting food. As a result, a person who practices such a rhythm does not see obvious changes, gets upset and quits the sport, returning to the usual rhythm of life.
The problem is that the process of losing weight is built not only on physical activity, but also on proper nutrition. In order to maintain the body in a normal state, it is necessary to consume a certain number of calories daily, which is calculated according to different formulas - this is called "basic metabolism". There are a huge number of calculators on the Internet now, but if you want to try to calculate calories manually, here is one of the formulas:
For women : GS = 10 * weight (kg) + 6.25 * height (cm) - 5 * age - 161
For men : GS = 10 * weight (kg) + 6.25 * height (cm) - 5 * age + 5
The basic rule is as follows: if you want to lose weight, you need to consume fewer calories per day than your OO. By the way, calories are spent even when you walk, clean the house or play with the kids - a small amount, but still. Intense exercise helps you spend more calories, and strength training has been shown to be more effective than regular cardio.
Now, counting the calories you consume every day is somewhat tedious - imagine having to manually punch in even the candy you eat, but you can't lose weight without it. It also develops discipline and a proper attitude toward eating. MyFitnessPal will automatically calculate your GI and keep track of your calorie intake and expenditure and display the data in a clear graph. All you have to do is to enter your daily diet data in a timely manner.
Let's face it - you will be horrified by the data that MyFitnessPal shows in the first days of using the app. That's because your diet is full of fats and carbohydrates, you consume one and a half times as many calories as you need, and you lead a sedentary lifestyle. You may also be surprised to learn that a 100-gram bag of chips has the same number of calories as a pound of apples, and a Snickers bar has the same number of calories as a couple of boiled eggs. And you will be surprised, but even on 1800 calories a day you can eat perfectly well. In addition to calorie counting and OO control, you also need to control the amount of GI in your body - you can stay within the right range, but under-consume protein and over-do the fats. MyFitnessPal not only gives you a calorie breakdown but also a nutritional breakdown that allows you to adjust your nutrition plan.
Information is added to the app very simply - you choose the type of meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner), search for what you ate, and then the app prompts you to select a dish from the list. The data may be different, because users have the right to add information about the food themselves, so we recommend giving preference to verified food (with a check mark). If this option is not available, it is better to take the arithmetic average between the lowest and highest calories. The app will automatically break down the food into nutrients and graph the information - very often people pay less attention to carbohydrates and focus on proteins and fats, but need to consume the most carbohydrates. Over time, you will learn to understand the caloric content of certain foods, begin to look at the composition of products and change your diet.
The app also tracks your daily activity - it connects to the Health app as well as a bunch of other apps and can take data from there. It's convenient - you don't have to enter your calorie expenditures manually. However, if there are no other applications for "pairing", you will have to take information from the Internet, or be guided by data from fitness bracelets, for example. This is the only disadvantage of MyFitnessPal - some data have to be searched on the internet and entered in the application by yourself. But the program will remember all your settings and will then offer the most popular choices.
The application is very simple, intuitive and very convenient. It is fully translated into Russian, which is very convenient. In addition to the above, there is also an opportunity to find friends and keep track of their achievements - the competitive spirit increases the desire to achieve results several times faster. That is why we strongly recommend you to try MyFitnessPal - it is an excellent companion which will help you on your way to self-improvement!
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