(Closed) Question about your experiences with myfitnesspal

posted 4 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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2209 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

it does work, because it helps you track your calories. it’s a pretty basic weight loss principle that if you eat a defecit large enough to lose 3500 cals/week, you will lose 1 lb per week. so if you want to do 2 lbs/week, you need to have an even larger defecit.

that being said, when i first started MFP it gave me 1200cals/day goal. i followed that religiously and also exercised and didn’t lose a single pound over 4 weeks. i then decided to bump it up to 1400, and the weight has just falled off.  i think 1200 was just too low for my body and it was in starvation mode and consequently i didn’t see any weight loss.  i’ve lost 16lbs in a little over two months!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I use MyFitnessPal to track calories and have it linked to my Fitbit for activity.  I think it works well when I do my own research and set my own calorie limit, rather than letting MFP decide for me.  Their food database is incredibly extensive, and it’s easy to add a food if they don’t have it for some reason.

I will say that I don’t think a loss of 2 lbs/week is reasonable for you if you don’t plan on exercising at all.  I’m 5’6″ and 170 lbs, and I can eat about 1600 calories/day when sedentary and lose an average of 0.5 lbs/week.  If I eat any less than that, I really suffer.  I can guarantee it’ll put you at 1200 calories/day right off the bat, and not only is it REALLY hard to eat that little and not feel like a ravenous wolverine, but you will NOT be able to sustain a loss of 2 lbs/week for very long.  It’s better for you in the long run to eat more (but still maintain a deficit) and lose weight slowly but surely.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have been using it for a month, and yes it has worked for me.  I have it set to lose 2 lb/week and that is what I have been averaging.  I put in zero workouts into the calculation, so came up with the 1200 calorie per day number.  I do workout (running, cycling) so I just add those workouts in as Cardio for the day, and it reduces my net calories for the day.  

Some people suggest not to “eat back” your burned calories, but I do for the most part over the course of the day (i.e., if I’m going to run in the evening, I’ll eat, say 1500 calories during the day, then when I burn off about 350 from my run, I end up near the 1200 mark).

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Chrysoberyl:  yeah, my starting weight was 152 and i am 5’6, and now i’m down to 136! i only want to lose about 5 more and then start maintaining. i was surprised at how quickly i lost it since i expected to lose no more than 1lb/week.  looks like our weddings are close to each other, so we both have that motivation! i really wanted to start getting in shape early so that i can feel good for engagement pics, etc.

exercise definitely would help you to lose faster, and just doing things like crunches, lunges, and squats at home will help you develop more muscle tone than just losing weight by diet (and they normally only take like 15 min!).  i do arm exercises at home just using soup cans and my arms ACHE the next day.  i have to say that i’ve always lost weight just by diet alone, but now that i’m combining diet+exercise i see more of a difference in my body.  even when the scale wasn’t moving, i felt like my clothes fit loser from working out.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Chrysoberyl:  I didn’t read all the other responses (so sorry if there is any repeats!), but I am 5’4″ (on a good day, teehee), goal is to lose 1 pound a week and I am at 1480/day. I even pay less attention on weekends and have successfully lost 10 pounds since April 5th 🙂 

My weight loss/goal allows me to lose it slower than you want to, but it is definitely working. I even lost the most weight the past couple of weeks when I’ve been working out less due to four 16-hour days in a row. So you can do it with or without exercise!! 

Good luck!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I used it two years ago to drop 15 pounds with zero exercise.  It definitely helps if you’re like me and sometimes snack too much.  It also got me looking more critically at the calories I was putting into my body.

I’m just not starting it back up since I’ve gained a couple of pounds since then.

You can put in the time you spend doing certain activities (walking slowly, walking upstairs) and that sort of thing which I sometimes do if it is substantially more activity than is in a normal day.

What might help for your situation is to make sure you are drinking enough water and then when you are on break, go for a walk around the block if that is do-able.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

FI an I started using it in the beginning of April and the exercise that we’ve managed to do is miniscule. We’ve both lost about 16 pounds just by tracking on MFP

Post # 13
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853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Chrysoberyl:  I’m guilty of sometimes taking the stairs two or three trips at the office if it’s over 90 outside and I don’t want to start dripping.

Anyway, I’m horrible at exercising.  I’m trying to get better.  But, I think the point of it is to be moving more than you typically are, so if you start small by parking farther away and walking to work, or walking to the mailbox, or something like that, then you can honestly say you’ve done more today than yesterday.

Also, I forgot to add that I don’t think I ever lost 2 lbs a week, it was more like 1 to 1.5.  Sometimes I think the projections are very optimistic, so probably aim more towards the mid-range of pounds per week.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I love MyFitnessPal! I used it and I’ve lost about 30 lbs. I’m 5’10” and started just over 180 lbs and I now weigh (and have maintained) 150-153lbs… 

I agree with PP’s who have recommended setting calorie goal at more than 1200 calories per day. 1200 calories was pretty difficult for me to do and I found that I lost just as much weight when I set my goal at 1450. Exercise certainly helps (and buys more calories that you can “eat back”) but I don’t think it’s 100% necessary to actually lose the weight. I can relate to having very little time to exercise. I tried to fit in fun exercise on my days off (like long hikes). 

I didn’t always lose 2 lbs per week but I’m still quite happy with my results. 

Here’s a link to my success thread if you’re interested 🙂

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/688013-i-think-i-can-progress-25-lbs-lost

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Chrysoberyl:  Yes I’m still a bit confused about whether it would put you into starvation mode if you didn’t eat back your exercise calories.  I still make sure I eat at least 1200 calories per day, so if my net food minus exercise is a bit less, I feel okay about it.  At the end of the day I think listening to your body is really important.

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