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Hello Healthy – The New MyFitnessPal Blog

A blog makeover has been on our to-do list for quite some time but it was our recently updated website that really inspired us to get the redesign rolling. We freshened up the look, gave it a name and added new features like post categories, a search box, social media share buttons and a user-friendly commenting system. In addition to the new look, we’re building out an editorial calendar full of nutrition tips and healthy recipe hacks from Elle, our Registered Dietitian, sweaty workouts and training plans from fitness experts, inspirational member spotlights and a whole lot more.




Now that we’ve got the new blog, we’ll be posting more frequently so be sure to bookmark the new web address and check back often. If you want to make sure you don’t miss a single post, we recommend following Hello Healthy using a reader like Feedly.

Remember, we’re here for you. We want Hello Healthy to be fun, inspiring and informative, and to help you on your journey to live a healthful life. Feel free to poke around and give us your feedback and requests for the sorts of posts you’d like to see on Hello Healthy in the comment section here.

Sincerely,


Mike, Al and the MyFitnessPal Team

Enter the August Member of the Month Contest

In June we launched our Member of the Month contest on Facebook. We’ve been so inspired by the amazing stories of transformation we have read and the pictures you have shared. Thank you for the incredible response, we look forward to more of the same!



For the month of August we want to celebrate the power of exercise. So, we invite you to enter this month’s Member of the Month contest by submitting a photo of yourself enjoying your favorite fitness activity and up to 500 words describing how exercise was key to achieving success.

At the end of the month, we’ll review all the entries and share the winner’s story with the whole community. August’s winner will receive a Runtastic Heart Rate Combo Monitor, a Runtastic Sports Armband and a one-year Runtastic Gold Membership.


Visit our Facebook page to find out more: facebook.com/myfitnesspal

July Member of the Month Contest Winner: Crystal B.!

As part of our Member of the Month contest, each month we invite you to send in a picture and a short paragraph answering a question about how you’ve made MyFitnessPal a part of your life. Last month, we asked you to send in photos of yourselves engaged in healthy summertime activities, and to tell us about how MyFitnessPal supports your healthy lifestyle.

As you can imagine, we read hundreds of inspiring stories and sorted through even more pictures! We can’t wait to share some of them with you over the weeks and months to come. But for now, we’d like to announce July’s Member of the Month: Crystal B.

Congratulations, Crystal!


Crystal won our hearts, a Fitbit Aria scale and Fitbit Flex with this picture of her and her kiddo out on a healthy summer hike.

Crystal calls MyFitnessPal her "accountability partner" and wrote: "Every time I finish a workout, a swim, a hike...I can't wait to put it into MyFitnessPal and find out how many calories I burned! Eating healthier and practicing portion control has never been easier since I started using this app. I love that feeling at the end of the day when I can look at all my workouts and see how much I accomplished! 26 pounds down, 14 to go! MyFitnessPal and my healthy lifestyle go together like 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on a homemade oatmeal pancake!"

A big thanks to Crystal and all of our members who entered our July contest. Be sure to "like" our Facebook page for details about this month's contest, coming soon!

A note from our founders about the future of MyFitnessPal

Friends,

Today marks a big day in MyFitnessPal history. We are excited to announce that we’ve received a recent round of funding that will allow us to continue innovating and growing as a company. We are delighted to announce our partnership with the firms of Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and Accel Partners on this next phase of living out our mission to help you, our users, reach your personal health and fitness goals.

Until now, we’ve built our company from the ground-up without any outside investment. We’ve used our profits to bootstrap our growth for years. So why are we taking an investment now?

Well, we have big ideas for MyFitnessPal, and we want to bring them to life for you, now. We want to build the best, most complete personal health and fitness system. More than that, we want to help create a healthier world by helping individuals everywhere create healthy habits and live healthier lives. These are big, audacious goals, but we are confident that the experience and resources of KPCB and Accel will help us make them a reality.

What does this mean for you, our users?

This new investment will allow us to grow and expand our existing service, providing even more data and insights to help you make better decisions about your health every day. The easier we can make tracking, the more likely you are to be successful in your health and fitness goals. This funding will allow us to do just that, adding more analytics and advice to better serve our members.

The way we see it, if you succeed, we succeed.

There are so many things we’ve wanted to build but we’ve had to grow very slowly and carefully, until now. We look forward to using these funds to deliver the insights and features we have long wanted to create for you. We will also be expanding our presence around the world so millions of people like you can experience MyFitnessPal and fall in love with their new active and balanced lifestyles!

Got suggestions on new features? Send them our way. As always, we’re all ears!

Best,
Mike, Al and the MFP Team

Our New Partner: Saga

An app to help you track your habits and write your digital autobiography!


Today we want to introduce you to our newest partner, Saga. Saga is an intelligent phone companion app for the iPhone that keeps track of the places you’ve been and the things you’ve done without ever having to check in! Saga captures data about your life from a variety of sources to build a unique profile of your habits and preferences, allowing you to set meaningful goals.

So how does Saga do all this? The app uses the sensors on your phone to determine your current location, then stores that location and the duration of your visit, creating a rich lifelog of your activities. Additionally, Saga allows you to connect other services like MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper and Fitbit to provide more data insights about your day. With MyFitnessPal’s new integration with Saga, as you enter items into your Food and Exercise Diary the information will automatically sync with Saga and send data to their lifelog.


Your Saga’s lifelog captures a history of the places you’ve been, trips you’ve taken, events you’ve attended, and more. With this data Saga is able to offer you relevant content precisely when you need it. For example, if it’s lunchtime, Saga will remember your past choices and suggest a nearby restaurant. Or if you usually go to the gym on Wednesdays, Saga will prompt you when you miss the trip.

Interested in learning more about Saga and getting started tracking your habits? Check out their website. To sync your accounts, just visit the app gallery!

Website Update – MyFitnessPal.com gets a facelift

We're excited to announce that we’ve updated our website, www.myfitnesspal.com. This release offers a much cleaner user experience including:

  • The addition of "add food" and "add exercise" buttons to the home page to help you get logging even more quickly!
  • The addition of a smart calorie meter on the home page to see where you are against your goal, how much exercise you've earned, and where you've netted out with regards to calories.
  • Removal of the left-hand column on the home page to allow for more space to view content
  • Streamlined re-styling including a new navigation bar.
  • Improved reporting:
    • We're now using HTML5, not Flash, so you can even view your reports on your phone.
    • You can hover over the chart to see actual values.
    • Instead of having to go back-and-forth between pages to view different charts, you can now see them on a single page.
    • We've added your goals to the relevant charts, as a reference point!

Ultimately, we hope these changes will significantly improve your experience with the website. So take a look and let us know if you have feedback! And if you encounter any issues, please let us know and we’ll investigate ASAP.

Kindle Fire Update: Version 2.7.3 is Available

Get excited, Kindle users. We're thrilled to announce that we’ve updated our app for the Amazon Kindle Fire. This release includes all the newest features our members love on their Android devices including:

  • Improved navigation: Including the latest sliding menu, which makes it easier than ever to access the features you care about. For example, App Gallery and Messages are now easily accessible from the new menu.

  • Improved user experience and design: We've worked hard to ensure that MyFitnessPal provides an experience that meets and exceeds your expectations – no matter what device you're using. A new toolbar at the top of each screen focuses you on the most important actions, including Add to Diary.

  • Cleaner screen structure: We made the user interface as clean as possible, so you can scan information and digest data more easily on the go. Graphs are now easier to view, update and understand.

We’ve also added:
  • French, German and Spanish language support to make it even easier to use MyFitnessPal for our international friends
  • Expanded unit support for weight, height, distances logged, and energy consumed and burned
We encourage our Kindle users to upgrade to the newest version to take advantage of all the latest enhancements. As always, if you run into any issues, please let us know and we’ll investigate it right away.

Mike, Al and the MFP Team

MyFitnessPal Tip: Customizing Your Nutrition Goals

Does your doctor or nutritionist have you following a different recommended plan than the settings in your MyfitnessPal account? Good news – you can customize your nutrition goals!

To get started customizing your goals simply login to the MyFitnessPal website - www.myfitnesspal.com. Mobile users, your login on the website uses the same username and password as the app. Once you've logged in, click "My Home", then "Goals", then "Change Goals", and choose the "Custom" option. On that page, you can change your individual nutritional goals. When you have finished make sure you click the "Change Goals" button at the bottom of the page to instantly update your account. If you are also using a MyFitnessPal mobile app, the next time your app connects to the internet your customized goals will be reflected immediately.


Please keep in mind that MyFitnessPal distributes fat, carbohydrate and protein calories based on a percentage; these percentages can be adjusted in five percent increments. If you customize your macronutrient goals, all three goals (fat, carb and protein) will adjust to total 100%. If you have a very precise goal -for example, eating 70 grams of protein each day- you may only be able to set that goal to the nearest percentage. MyFitnessPal Tip: If you're looking to hit a specific nutrient goal in grams or milligrams, we recommend monitoring the "total" value in your diary for this nutrient, rather than the "remaining" total.

We hope this tip about customizing your nutrition goals helps make using MyFitnessPal a more personal experience to help you stay healthy. Feel free to leave some ideas in the comments below for more MyFitnessPal Tip posts you’d like to see!

An important update about your MyFitnessPal account

Recently, we learned of reports of MyFitnessPal users receiving spam at the email address tied to their MyFitnessPal account. We take security and privacy very seriously and as a result, we immediately formed a security task force and hired a professional security firm to conduct a thorough investigation to see whether our systems had been breached.

As of today, here’s what our investigation has yielded: we did not find any evidence that passwords or other personal information were compromised. However, we did find a way through which someone could have obtained user email addresses. We worked quickly to fix the issue, and put several additional security measures in place to help prevent similar incidents in the future. We will continue to be vigilant to protect your information.

As always, please be careful about responding to email communications from people claiming to be employees of MyFitnessPal. In particular, remember that no MyFitnessPal employee will ever ask you for your password or other sensitive information. If you wish to change your MyFitnessPal password, you may easily do so by following these instructions.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our security team at security@myfitnesspal.com.

Achieving Weight Loss Success Without Exercise

By Elle, the MyFitnessPal R.D.


Any number of things can prevent us from exercising — injuries, medical conditions, lack of time or motivation, or simply disliking exercise altogether — the list goes on. While we encourage all of our members to eat healthfully and be physically active, we know for some it's neither possible nor realistic to do both. As a result, we're frequently asked, "Is it possible to lose weight without exercising?"

The good news is yes, it is possible to lose or maintain weight without exercising. Weight loss, at its core, is about creating a calorie deficit — that is, burning more calories than are consumed. This can be done by eating less, moving more, or doing a combination of both. For those who are unable to exercise, weight loss or weight maintenance success relies on making smart food choices and consistently staying close to those daily calorie goals.

Here are our top 6 tips to help you achieve weight loss or weight maintenance without exercise:

  1. Log diligently – Logging foods daily creates an awareness of the energy foods provide in relation to the energy our bodies need.
  2. Listen to your hunger cues – Decide if eating is a want or a need. If it's a want, try to save those calories for when you physically feel hungry.
  3. Eat nutrient dense foods & balanced meals – Get the most nutrition out of the calories you eat by consuming more whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and reduced-fat dairy – foods that will provide protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals at every meal. These will leave you feeling satisfied longer than foods that are high in calories but not much else – like sweets and sodas.
  4. Plan & prep meals for the week – Jot down some healthy breakfast ideas, brown bag lunches and spend some time cooking up a meal to reheat for dinner during the week. This will minimize the impulse to grab take out or make poor choices when hungry. Check out our Summertime Shape-up Meal Plan for a handy, printable planner!
  5. Work in any activity you can do – Small things like walking meetings, parking farther from the grocery store, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, creating a standing work station or doing chores while watching television add up! Take advantage of burning a few extra calories whenever you can.
  6. Be realistic – The truth is, dropping pounds will likely take longer without exercise. By setting a realistic weight loss goal of ½ to 1 pound per week, you’re less likely to feel deprived or discouraged and give up. Improving our health should be a life-long journey, not a race to hit a certain weight or fit into those skinny jeans.

We hope you find these helpful! Feel free to share any tips you might have for other members who aren't able to exercise but still want to maintain or lose weight. Have a great weekend!
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