A couple of years ago I was trying my hardest to lose weight. I was exercising and eating right but it just didn’t seem to make a difference.
Until one day I heard someone say..
“If you want to lose weight then you need to burn off more calories than you consume.”
I took that to heart right away as it just made sense but for some reason I had never really thought about it.
The truth is that I really had no idea how many calories I was consuming. Let’s be honest I was probably eating way too much.
Before I knew I came across a wonderful website called: MyFitnessPal.com
Ever since that day I’ve I’ve been a loyal member because not only does it help you track what you’re eating and how many calories you’re consuming, it as helps you figure out how much you should be eating if you want to lose weight.
After you’ve reached your goals it will also tell you how much you need to eat to maintain your new weight without gaining weight again.
It’s just a fantastic tool.
Here’s how it works..
Step 1: You enter in some of your details such as your height and weight and then tell it your goals.
It will then calculate how many calories you should be eating per day.
Step 2: Whenever you eat something you then input it into the program and it calculates how many calories you have left for the day.
Tip: Try and pre plan before hand what you’re going to eat for the day and try not to go over your calorie limit. Otherwise if you just eat first and then log it you have less control and will likely end up going over the limit without knowing it.
By pre-planning what you’re going to eat all you need to do is follow your pre-set meal plan.
Macros (short for macronutrients) are proteins, fats and carbohydrates. MyFitnessPal.com tracks all of them!
Now if you’re trying to lose weight then it’s a good idea to low the amount of carbs that you’re eating.
This is because carbs are for energy and when you lower your carb intake it will force your body to start looking elsewhere for it’s energy. The first place it will go to is your fat stores, thereby helping you burn fat!
If you’re looking to try a low carb diet the I recommend setting your macros to..
- Protein: 45%
- Carbs: 30%
- Fat: 25%
I believe that it’s so important that we track what and how much we are eating and MyFitnessPal is just how I do it.
So create yourself an account and start logging what you’re eating!
The last thing I want to talk about in the post is just how effective it is when you begin eating less and start doing intermittent fasting regularly.
I.F is where you go for a while without eating and then you do some exercise on an empty stomach because this is one of the most effective ways to burn fat.
MyFitnessPal will help you eat less which will help you lose weight and then intermittent fasting will help you burn fat fast.
And that it. After you’ve lost weight you can then change M.F.P from “lose weight” to “maintain weight”. Just remember to keep tracking everything!
And if you have any questions then just ask below. 🙂