For a variety of reasons, many people aren't on a three-meal-a-day schedule. Perhaps your job doesn't allow time for it, or you choose to eat many small meals throughout the day for health reasons. Regardless of the cause, if you're not one of those people who eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack, you probably struggle to file your meals under those titles in your MyFitnessPal food diary.
We've heard your questions on how to change your meal titles to reflect your actual meal plan, and today we're going to share a tip on how to make this update in your account! To get started, go to the MyFitnessPal website, www.myfitnesspal.com. You must go through the website, not the app. Remember your login on the website uses the same username and password as the app.
Once you've logged in on the website, click on "My Home", then "Settings", then "Diary Settings". On this page you can change your meal names, and even add two additional meals! For instance, if you take a Hobbit-like approach to food, you can change your meal names to Breakfast(s), Elevensies, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Supper, and Dinner. Or, if you prefer to chart your meals by scheduled time, you can update the names to 7AM, 10AM, 1PM, 4PM, and 7PM.
Don’t forget to save your changes when you’re all done. The next time your MyFitnessPal app connects to the Internet, your name changes and/or meal additions will be instantly reflected. Please note that once this change is made, it will be reflected on every day in your diary. Also, it is not currently possible to have different meal names on different days.
We hope this tip improves your MyFitnessPal experience and makes your account more accurately reflect your daily life and fitness goals. Be sure to stay tuned for upcoming posts offering more tips and tricks on getting the most out of your MyFitnessPal account!
After hearing many requests from you, we are excited to announce our newest partner — Les Mills. Their exercise data has now been added to the MyFitnessPal exercise database. No longer will you have to log a similar exercise and guess at your calories burned; Les Mills has provided calculations to estimate the calories burned by their various workout programs. This makes it easy to log whenever you attend classes and reflect your correct net calories for the day.
Not familiar with Les Mills? The workout program was created by New Zealand athlete (and four time Olympian) Les Mills and has grown to become one of the world’s most popular group fitness classes and team training programs. With over 90,000 licensed instructors worldwide, Les Mills is there to guide you through a hugely motivating workout set to fun music. Les Mills wants you to fall in love with fitness.
If you are interested in joining a class go here to find one near you. And don't forget to log into your MyFitnessPal account to keep track of your Les Mills calories burned!
We have some really exciting news to share with you: MyFitnessPal members have collectively shed over 100 Million pounds! That is an incredible achievement, and we stand in awe of you.
Since 2005, we here at MyFitnessPal have been helping folks achieve a healthier lifestyle by empowering them to reach their personal health and fitness goals. It's been great experiencing the challenges and triumphs alongside our members. Now, we all have something to crow about!
We love knowing that our program was a part of your success, but it really is YOUR success. Sure, we provide helpful tools and guidance, but when it comes to providing the crucial ingredient of willpower, you guys did all the heavy lifting (pun very much intended).
So how did you do it?
Diet - MyFitnessPal members stuck pretty close to our suggested meal guidelines and recommended food items: lots of fruits and veggies, lean meats, and of course, instant inspiration, aka coffee.
Exercise - MyFitnessPal members exercised regularly and easily tracked their workouts on their profiles. As a matter of fact, you guys powered through an impressive 17.2 billon minutes of cardio. That's a lot of sweat-drenched laundry loads.
Just what were the top five exercises?
All of this hard work by members burned a staggering 125 BILLION calories. That's like seven fast-food milkshakes, right? Kidding ;)
Check out our cool infographic to see even more fun fitness factoids. You can even print it out and hang it up for a quick hit of inspiration! And again, congrats to all of you healthier Fitness Pals. This isn’t the end, or even the middle. It's just one more (big) win on the journey toward a healthier lifestyle. Great job!
To your good health,
The MyFitnessPal team
By Elle, the MyFitnessPal R.D.
We all know the unpleasantness of feeling hungry. Even the slightest grumble has the ability to send many of us into a panic, searching for whatever food we can get our hands on. This sense of urgency was likely advantageous back when we were hunters and gatherers, when finding a meal took far more time and energy than it does now. But with snack bars in our purses, fast food on every corner, and scheduled mealtimes these days, it's entirely possible, and probably quite normal, for many of us to go an entire day without feeling hungry. Go a few days, a week, or month without feeling hungry and it's easy to understand not only why we fear this foreign feeling, but also why we gain or are not able to lose weight.
The truth is, a grumbling tummy is nothing more than a gentle reminder that our body needs some fuel. It plays an important role in helping us maintain a neutral energy balance, which basically means we burn as much energy as we consume. That being said, there are different degrees of hunger, some we certainly want to avoid. A small grumble of the tummy is good! It's when we start to experience shakiness, difficulty concentrating, or nausea that it becomes a problem, because allowing ourselves to get too hungry is unhealthy and can lead to negative outcomes.
Hunger is a communication within the body that should be respected and embraced, not feared. It might seem easy but resisting the urge to chow down until you actually feel a bit hungry can be tough, especially if you're not used to it or you're on a schedule, bored, stressed, tired, or out socializing with friends. Here are some tips to help you understand and embrace your hunger cues:
We hope you find these tips helpful and that the next hunger pang you feel will be pleasant, not panic-inducing. Feel free to share any other hunger cue tips you have in the comments below!
As you know, we are constantly looking for ways to improve your experience with MyFitnessPal. So without further ado, we are excited to welcome Elle into the fold. She's a Registered Dietitian and healthy lifestyle blogger who recently graduated with her Master of Public Health in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina. Elle's a foodie at heart — she loves cooking as much as eating and enjoys staying active through running, yoga and hiking. She will be helping us add more actionable information to our website and blog to help you more easily achieve your goals. So stay tuned for some useful tips and tricks, courtesy of Elle.
We look forward to making your summer a happy and healthy one!
The MyFitnessPal team
Got a fridge full of July 4th leftovers? Don't let those charbroiled hamburgers, grilled steaks, chicken, and fish go to waste. Here are some of our favorite, healthy ways to use up the remains of yesterday's festivities.
Fish – Shred a cooked tuna steak and whip up this avocado tuna salad (pictured) or substitute grilled salmon for smoked in this delicious, veggie-filled salmon wrap.
Steaks – Slice thin and add greens and fresh pineapple to make this delicious salad.
Burgers – Crumble beef or turkey burgers into a pot of homemade veggie chili or reheat with some taco seasoning for taco night. Top with leftover grilled veggies, fresh avocado, cilantro, and plain Greek yogurt.
Enjoy those leftovers, and have a great weekend!
Photo: Sharon Rhodes
We all love an ice cream cone every so often but if you'd rather indulge in a charbroiled cheeseburger or second helping of potato salad this Independence Day, these four light and refreshing treats will help satisfy your sweet tooth. As if that’s not enough to love, they’re packed with water to help keep you hydrated in the summer heat, and lots of antioxidants.
Firecracker Berry Frozen Yogurt Pops – A festive yogurt & berry dessert both kids and adults will love
Berry Green Smoothie – A great way to mix some green into your red, white and blue
Watermelon & Berry Fruit Salad – Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to give your watermelon a little patriotic pizazz.
Berry Ice Cubes – Perfect for dressing up a glass of sparkling water or a club soda cocktail
Have a cool, happy Fourth of July!
We're excited to announce that we’ve updated our app for Windows 8 phones. This release includes all the newest features members love on iOS and Android, including the ability to:
This new app also offers some great live tile features that are specific to Windows Phone 8. For instance, you can pin live tiles to your home screen, including a summary tile with a meter for tracking your daily progress. You can even pin a quick link to the "add to diary" screen to make the tracking process faster than ever.
So if you're a Windows Phone 8 user, we encourage you to update your MyFitnessPal app as soon as you have a moment. And if you encounter any issues, please let us know and we'll investigate ASAP.
As promised, here is the second half of our summer meal plan, featuring some delicious, nutritious dinner and snack options for you. Remember to download the printable meal plan, when you have a moment, to help you with planning.
And when you're ready to log each meal in MyFitnessPal, just search the Database by the food name as written below.
We'll be creating more nutritious, healthy blog posts this summer, so stay tuned for more on that. Have a great weekend, and happy eating!
We're excited summer is finally here — but eating healthfully takes some planning, so to kick off the season right, we compiled some delicious, healthy recipes and created a printable meal plan for you to try. We even added the foods for you, to make logging your daily nutrition in MyFitnessPal easy. Just search the MyFitnessPal Database by the food name as written below.
There's a lot of content here, so we’ve decided to break it up. We're sharing a few breakfast and lunch options today and will post our dinner and snack options on Friday – so check back just before the weekend for the second half!
We hope this proves useful and inspirational as you embark on a healthy, happy summer. Again, stay tuned for the dinner and snack portion of the meal plan this Friday—just in time for your weekend grocery shopping!