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MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter – The Best Weight Loss App On The iPhone

Dave LeClair 13-09-2012

weight loss appsEveryone knows that losing weight is difficult. It requires a certain level of commitment that not everyone is prepared for. However, when you meet those weight loss goals, it is one of the most satisfying things in the world. I am currently on a diet, as I need to drop about 20 pounds. It is not fun, but seeing the results helps me stay motivated.


Of course, losing weight is easier with help. That is where the weight loss app Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal comes into play. It allows you to keep track of everything you eat and all the exercise you do. It also has some awesome social features that help you lose weight with the help of your friends who may be suffering through the same thing. It has everything a dieter needs to lose weight as quickly as possible.  Best of all, it is available on the App Store  for the low cost of free.

Getting Started

To get started you will have to create a free account. This is how you will communicate with your friends and keep track of your data across multiple devices. Setting up your account will allow you to set your goals and enter all the important information about your current physique. The whole process should not take more than a few minutes.

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Once you enter everything, the weight loss app will tell you how many calories you should consume per day to meet your weight loss goal. You can edit this number with recommendations from a doctor, which I highly recommend doing. The app is not a doctor, and it does not know your body. To find out the optimal amount of calories, a doctor is the best option.

Logging Food

The main purpose of this app is keeping track of how much you eat and making sure to stay under a certain amount of calories. Thankfully, MyFitnessPal has the largest food database of any similar app, so finding your food should not be an issue.


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You can manually type in what you ate or use the built in barcode scanner. Once you find the food, you simply enter in how much you ate, and the app will log it for you.

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As you eat, the app will tell you how many more calories you have left for the day. You need to make good food choices to stay under your limit. I find it helpful to treat it like a game. It helps keep me motivated and helps me stay under the limit so the pounds keep coming off.


Logging Exercise

Keeping track of your exercise is just as important as keeping track of your food. The method for entering exercise is the same as food, except there is no barcode scanner. The database has a general idea of how many calories you will burn during a specific exercise, but for best results, you should look into a heart-rate monitor. This will give you a more accurate representation of how many calories you’ve burned.

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When you exercise, you gain that many calories back in food. So for example, let’s say you are allowed 1,600 calories a day. If you go for a run and burn off 400 calories, you would be able to eat 2,000 calories that day and still meet your goal.

Other Features

MyFitnessPal is literally packed with features designed to help you lose weight. It has great social integration designed to help you meet goals with friends no matter where they are. You can also share important events on your Facebook for your other friends to see. Knowing that you can tell the world when you meet an important weight loss milestone is a great motivator for some people.


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You can also store custom foods and meals. If there is a certain meal you tend to eat often, you can save the parts of that meal and add it with a single click. For example, if you eat a chicken breast, brown rice and broccoli all the time, you can save those as a meal and add them to your diary instantly instead of adding each part every time you have it. If a food is not in their database, which is unlikely, you can add it manually using the nutritional information on the package.

MyFitnessPal also synchronizes with their website, so you can always log new entries to your diary from a computer if you are not near your phone. The data will synchronize automatically as long as your iPhone has a data signal. If you do not have Internet, all the data will store locally until the next time you connect.

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One last cool feature is the reminders. You can tell MyFitnessPal to remind you to log your meals if you have not done so by a certain time each day.


MyFitnessPal is the best weight loss app I have ever used on the iPhone, and I have no problem recommending it to anyone who is trying to lose weight. It is easy to use, and has all the features you could ever want for dieting. Seriously, give it a shot if you need to drop a few pounds.

Have you tried Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal? How did you like it? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Tara
    January 25, 2015 at 2:30 am

    I love this on my phone, I however cannot update when my weight changes to let my calories change. The only thing that shoes is my date of birth. Is everyone else able to update this?

    • Dawn
      February 17, 2015 at 2:39 am

      Tara you have to go to my fitnesspals' s home page from your web browser, and on that page you'll see a link to update your weight. I had the same problem and was able to change me weight that way.

  2. proteinpulver
    January 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Wow great app, this is a great app to keep track of you weight loss thanks for this

  3. Ida Ho
    September 15, 2012 at 1:01 am

    I've used MyFitnessPal for the last 10 months and I have found it to be a great help tracking calories and exercise. Very rarely have I needed to add items to their database, but every once in a while I find a food that isn't in there or someone has entered the wrong data for. And I really love the recipe and the meal lists. My sons love my homemade ravioli so I entered the data and now when I make it I don't have to add each and every ingredient separately. And the online access is just awesome although I much prefer the online version to the app.

  4. punkrockscience
    September 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I didn't know it had reminders, and I use it!

  5. peter
    September 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Jesus, and this is easier that just losing weight on your own? God help us.

  6. Christopher Schaffer
    September 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    This is also available across all mobile platforms. I use it on my BlackBerry 9630. It's an excellent app. I can't believe it's FREE (and ad-free too)!

  7. triavalon
    September 13, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Wow, I didn't know that site had an app, but then again I also don't run with the apple fanboys. I use the web browser version of that tracker, and it works really well. It has a really broad range of foods, because it uses user input and verification which is actually done by people. I might put this on my android, since they have an app there too.

  8. Christian West
    September 13, 2012 at 1:50 am

    I found this app easy to use for things that came in packets but a lot harder when needing to add ingredients for a meal I made myself from scratch. Sure, I can enter the total amount of ingredients I added to my meatloaf, but it made 3 serves, and that's a bit harder to enter. The database of food is huge though.