MyFitnessPal is a free smartphone app and website that tracks diet and exercise to determine optimal caloric intake and nutrients for the users’ goals and uses gamification elements to motivate users.
On May 4, 2015, MyFitnessPal introduced a premium subscription tier for its applications. The premium service allows subscribers to make custom reports, to dig deeper into the nutrient density of the food, and to customize the measurements used to plan their meals.
The user may enter the name of the food or scan the barcode to find the item in a large database of over 5 million foods or may select foods from a list of most frequently eaten foods.
While the application is extremely well designed to make it easy to track your food intake, with a breakdown by food components, the app requires a minimum intake of 1200 calories per day for males in order to enable full functionality, which limits its use to monitor many diets.
MyFitnessPal has different exercises and sometimes the same exercise at different intensities or speeds. The user enters the number of minutes spent exercising and the calories spent is calculated. The calories spent on the exercise is added to the total number of calories that the user should eat per day.
MyFitnessPal can also be linked to a FitBit as well as Jawbone account allowing activity to automatically be calculated into daily calories allowed.
Using MyFitnessPal with a Genetic Report
How do I use My Fitness Pal to track my Genovive meals and macronutrient recommendations?
Step 1: Find your daily recommended macronutrient pie chart on page 5 of you Nutrition and Fitness report.
Step 2: Open the Goals tab on you’re My Fitness Pal toolbar
Step 3: Select Calorie and Macronutrient Goals
Step 4: Enter your health care provider recommended calories and your macronutrient recommendations from page 5 of your Nutrition and Fitness report.