Post # 1
I like Weight Watchers. Since I joined in November, I’ve lost 16 pounds and I’m nearing my goal weight. I feel like I’ve learned how to control my portion sizes and eat more healthy. However, I noticed that my introductory membership price is up and I’m now charged about $18 a month for it. I’ve been looking into other options and came across My Fitness Pal. It is a free website that tracks calories of all the foods you eat. It has a large database of foods, so I don’t have to enter the nutritional info all the time. It seems like something that could work well for me. Does anyone have experience with My Fitness Pal? Has anyone tried them both and liked one better?
Post # 3
@Bichon Frise: I currenly use my fitness pal and realy like it. I love how they have most of the meals on there and you can do a quick calory add.
Post # 4
I haven’t used both, but MFP works great for me.
Plus, it’s free. Hard to beat that!
Post # 5
My fiance did just that – he started with weight watchers, and after losing a bunch of weight and feeling like he had learned what he should be eating, he started using myfitnesspal. He overlapped doing both for a little while, then dropped weight watchers entirely. He kept losing weight and is now at his goal, and is still using myfitnesspal to maintain his weight.
Post # 6
I’ve tried MFP before and liked that it was free!
But that was the problem for me: it was free. I need to feel like I’m not ‘wasting’ my $18 every month, so I actually pay attention to WW Online. It helps me stay accountable and makes me want to ‘get my money’s worth’ if that makes any sense.
Post # 7
@KristenGotMarried: That makes sense, but since I lost the majority of the weight I wanted to, I think I can motivate myself to lose the few extra pounds I have left. I just needed that initial motivation to get started.
Post # 8
I think once you are more aware of a balance and the “good” things to eat, My Fitness Pal could totally work well for you. That’s what I use and I love it. I think WW definitely helps people who aren’t sure where to get started.
Post # 9
I’ve used both, so I can attest to the strengths and weaknesses. The major difference boils down to ease:
Weight Watchers uses a points system that is fairly uncomplicated and simple to use. You just enter a couple of key stats for a food and move on, keeping under your “points” level. It’s fairly easy peasy, and great for those who aren’t detail-oriented.
My Fitness Pal shows you all of the nutritional info, including calories, all the time and keeps you working toward staying under a certain calorie goal. I prefer it more because I like to know exactly what I’m eating at all times, but for those used to WW Points, it might be a little confusing or overwhelming at first.
If you’re trying to lose that last little bit, MFP is probably a better option because you can see exactly what nutrients you might be over or undershooting (too much sugar, for example, can hinder weight loss). It also lets you set goals for losing between 1-2 pounds by halves and also maintaining your weight.
One thing to keep in mind with MFP: The calculations for your daily calorie goals are done so you would lose weight regardless of whether or not you exercise. So exercise is extra — be sure to make up for any exercise you do by eating a little more so you don’t eat less than your body needs. Eat back your exercise calories!
If you want a friend on MFP, you can add me (I’m jocember there, too). Congrats on your weight loss & good luck with that last little bit!
Post # 10
@Bichon Frise: Ive used both! I had done weight watchers in the past (went to meetings), so I was very familiar with the plan. For some reason, I just couldn’t stick with the online version though. Maybe I wasn’t fully committed? Ive been using myfitnesspal.com for several months now..and I love it! It’s made me so much more aware of the types of food I am eating, not just calories. For example, I had never tracked my sodium intake before and even though I hardly ever put salt on my food, I couldn’t believe how much I was getting some days. It’s been a real eye opener for me. Oh, and I am down 10lbs in 2 months 🙂