The MyFitnessPal app on the iPhone is a quick and easy app to use, even for the busiest of people. Because it is on a device you use constantly, your iPhone, it is the best on-the-go tool to manage your eating habits, your water intake, and your daily exercise. This app has many easy to use features including a calorie counter that adds calories when you select the food items you ate during that day and subtracts calories according to the amount of exercise you input.
Follow the steps in this insructable to start your journey to a healthier YOU!
Step 1: Signing Up
Enter your complete email address including the URL (for example @gmail.com). When you are finished typing your email address, tap the "done" button that is located at the bottom right corner of your screen.
Step 2: Enter Your Weight and Activity Level
Then tap the second white box under "How much would you like to weigh?" and enter your goal weight. You can also change this as your goals change.
Choose how active you are from the following options: sedentary, lightly active, active, or very active.
Step 3: Enter Your Gender, Date of Birth, and Height
Then enter your date of birth by tapping of the white box under "When were you born?" and scroll through the options and until reaching the correct month, date, and year. After selected your date of birth, tap the blue "done" button at the top right corner of the keyboard. Then tap the arrow at the top right corner of the screen.
Enter your height by tapping on the white box under "How tall are you?". Select your height in feet and inches by scrolling through the options and then tap the blue "done" button in the middle of the screen.
Step 4: Enter Your Username, Password, and Zip Code
Tap the second Choose a user name and password and then list your zip code. After your account is created, it will list your net calorie goal. When you wish to begin, press "Start Tracking Now".
Step 5: View and Agree to Terms and Privacy
Step 6: Add Food to Diary
Step 7: Search for Food
Step 8: Search and Select Foods
Search results will appear and will contain the title of the food and a small description beneath it as well as the portion size and calorie count. You will need to scroll through the options until you reach a food item that most closely resembles what you ate. To select a food item, you simply have to tap it.
Step 9: Add Food to Your Food Diary
It will then return you to your Diary homepage, and the calories consumed will be reflected in the Food calorie count number and the calories remaining number.
Step 10: Select Water to List Water Intake
From the "Add Entry" menu, scroll down until you see the row labeled "Water" under the title "Water". Tap the "Water" row to add water intake.
Step 11: Select Cups of Water Consumed
You will then be returned to your Diary homepage. Your water intake will then be reflected under the row labeled "Water Consumption".
Step 12: Add Exercise to Your Diary
Scroll down to the section titled "Exercises". Select either the "Cardiovascular" row or "Strength" row by tapping based on the type of exercises completed. For this example, we chose cardiovascular exercises.
Tip: Cardiovascular exercises are things that elevate your heart rate for an extended period of time like running, jogging, swift walking, swimming, bicycling, and almost any sports related activity. Strength exercises are muscle-building exercises like lifting weights and doing things like push-ups, squats, and pull-ups.
Step 13: Search for Exercises Performed
Type the exercise performed using the keyboard, and tap the blue button labeled "Search" in the bottom right corner.
Step 14: Select Exercises Performed and Time
You then have to type how long you performed the exercise in minutes using the keyboard. To complete the entry, press the white check mark in the upper right corner.
It will then return you to your diary homepage and calories burned will be added back to your calories remaining box.
Step 15: Keep It Up and Keep Yourself Motivated!
We hope that this has encouraged you to remove your hand from the potato chip bag and use it to download this app. It is great for recognizing your current lifestyle habits and helping you to form goals towards reaching an ideal weight.
We wish you couch potatoes the best of luck on your journey to becoming hot potatoes!