In an effort to start the new year off right, I’ve decided to start food tracking. I’m really not all that concerned with calorie counting as that gets old really quick. I want the focus to be solely on what nutrients I’m consuming and making sure I’m eating the correct foods to properly fuel my body for running and other workouts.
There are countless options out there: MyFitnessPal, Lose It, Daily Burn, SparkPeople, The Daily Plate, Fit Day – the list goes on for miles. I experimented with each and poked around on the individual sites to see what features they had to offer.
- The barcode scanner. It made logging items SO much easier.
- The database is enormous. I hardly ever had to manually enter an item.
- The ability to change the meal names from Breakfast, Lunch, etc. to 9-11am, 11am-1pm, etc. Personally I found this helpful to make sure I was eating my meals at normal times.
- Tracks daily carbohydrates, fat, protein, and sugar.
- The mobile app is a little buggy at sometimes.
- It suggested my daily caloric intake be 1200 calories. That’s REALLY low.
- Water tracker on the bottom of the page. I always forgot to log it because I didn’t see it.
- It gave me a calorie range of 1200-1550.
- Built in meal plans and tons of suggested foods; takes the guesswork out of healthy eating.
- More visually pleasing than MyFitnessPal
- Great online support
- Database wasn’t as thorough as MyFitnessPal.
- Entering items felt monotonous.
- You can’t copy over only certain parts of a meal to another day. Sometimes I would eat the same meal the next day for breakfast, with the exception of two items. Rather than copying over just two items, I had to copy over four and then delete two.
To be honest, once Thursday rolled around I had just about had it with having to enter food on both sites. I made the decision that morning to cut ties and solely use … MyFitnessPal. So, what tipped the scale in it’s favor?
The barcode scanner. This feature made all the difference when it came to tracking my foods for the day. No searching the database, just scan and add – super simple!
I’m sure the system isn’t perfect, but I haven’t come across any items yet where the amounts didn’t match up.
My next project: cut down the fat I consume and up the protein. Most days I was surpassing my allotted fat grams and just barely getting 50% of my protein for the day – not good. Definitely something I need to work on.
How (if at all) do you track your food? What foods do you suggest I add into my diet to make sure I get enough protein?