We’ve all heard the saying “what gets measured, gets improved” and studies show that those patients who keep a diary tend to be more successful and have better outcomes. But it can be overwhelming to keep an accurate log, particularly when you’re on the go. Fortunately, there is a free mobile app that can help you keep track of your daily food and fluid intake as well as your exercise from wherever you are.
The MyFitnessPal app and its corresponding website allows you to log the specific brands and amount (1oz., ¼ cup, etc.) of food and fluids you consume as you consume them. It also keeps a running tab of your daily consumption of calories, carbohydrates, protein, fats, sugar, etc. so you can monitor your totals throughout the day. You also have the ability to monitor your activity level by entering your daily exercise. It’s quick, easy and convenient!
Keep in mind – just like the Fooducate application, this application doesn’t know you have had bariatric surgery so you must continue to follow the nutrition recommendations of your dietitian according to your procedure and weight loss phase. In addition, MyFitnessPal may overestimate the number of calories burned during an exercise.
Some patients choose to share their food, fluid and exercise log with their dietitian at their follow-up appointments. The dietitian can then review the patient’s log and provide personalized suggestions and advice to help them achieve success.
This is one of many great tools patients can use to monitor their weight loss success. Do you use another application? If so, tell us about it!