I have known for a long time that to truly lose weight, I need to keep track of what I eat. I also need to eat less and exercise/move more. It’s a simple process but really not at all simple.
Two weeks ago I decided I would try to MyFitnessPal to track my food intake and my exercise output. I also put in that I would like to lose 20 pounds over time but I am re-thinking that part. The reason I am rethinking is that I am always hungry.
At my height and current weight and current activity level, the system at MyFitnessPal says I need to have 1490 calories a day without any exercise. Generally, I run an average of an hour a day but that is going to ramp up as my marathon training starts in a week.
I have been fairly discouraged as I was always hungry. Also, week one ended in my daughter’s bridal shower and I ate too much. The beginning of week two saw me with a two pound gain in weight. This was not the deal I wanted and I was going to dump the whole thing. The time it takes to put items into the system is not a lot but it is more than I wanted to use for that purpose.
Now, that I am more use to how MyFitnessPal works, it is easy to use. I can put my own recipes into the system and it will help me figure out nutritional information. I am liking using it and tracking what I am eating. I am also down 2 pounds from my initial weight. This may work.
As time goes on, I will be updating people on how the ease of use is. Please stay tuned.
Do you track your exercise? What about your food?