(Closed) My Fitness Pal: Eye opening! Wow!

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Haha yep, when I first started seriously tracking calories on MFP, I was truly flabbergasted by the number of calories in certain things (peanut butter, tortillas, cooking oil). Just fyi, the MFP calorie goals are often set on the low side, IMO, so you might not want to necessarily go by their calorie calculator.

Post # 4
7873 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yep! I really found out how much I was over eating! It really helped me make different food choices.

Post # 5
194 posts
Blushing bee

My Macros+ is (IMO) the best free food tracking app. Plus you can be friends with people (I’m friends with my trainer so she can see exactly what I’m eating to keep me on the right path). It’s more accurate than MFP. There’s a learning curve though and it took a lot of trial and error to figure out ho to use it. But it really opened my eyes on what I was eating and that a calorie is NOT a calorie (i.e. a Cheez-It calorie does not equal a carrot calorie!) I’m currently down 35 pounds and diet is where I have trouble, so the accountability definitely helps!!! Good luck girly! We’re all here for you 🙂 

Post # 7
314 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

yeah- getting a food scale and actually using the weight and logging that for servings is heart breaking.

I quit eating a lot of food because it absolutely wasn’t worth it- peanuts are one of those things I rarely eat- totally not worth it. 


Unfortuantely- a calorie is a calorie though- it’s just a unit of energy- how you’re body uses it and how it makes you feel are different.


Consider your calories like your budget.  You have 50$  you can either buy some food for the week or go buy make up.

Food serves more purpose

make up makes you feel good.

neither are bad. 

chicken + veggies = serve a purpose 

cake makes you feel good.

neither are bad- you are just trading one thing for the other- and you just need to be aware of it and you’ll be fine. 

Post # 8
123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Beach

I lost 35 pounds (195-160) running and using my fitness pal! I eat ~1280 net calories when trying to lose weight, which is about the minimum you can eat and be healthy (it took some adjustment, but I eat almost exclusively fruits and vegetables so I wasn’t very hungry). I also cut out processed grains and sugar for about 3 months. I feel much stronger now.

Post # 9
640 posts
Busy bee


i used to think i didnt consume many calories until i joined.. its such an eye opener isnt it! I had no idea how many calories were in certian things. i dont use it religiously but its great to check here and then to get a better understanding!

Post # 10
105 posts
Blushing bee

it definately is.When i started losing weight i joined the gym and i lost few pounds intially but then i stalled and stopped losing.

Then i found out about mfp and i relaized that i was eating too much calories back and thats why i wasnt losing despite going to the gym.I started losing again when i started tracking my calories.I now have reached my goal and coudnt be happier.I went from 150 lbs to 122 lbs

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Post # 11
366 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2020 - Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin

It really is. Like others, I also bought a food scale and started weighing and measuring food when I began using MFP. I cannot believe how much pasta I used to eat – gah! Been at it since January and I’ve lost twenty pounds since then. I’ve tried other methods where I’ve lost weight faster but they never were sustainable. Now I look forward to tracking my food every day, making sure I’m making healthy decisions and watching my efforts pay off.

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