6 Reasons SLO Skinner’s should use MyFitness Pal!

In a previous article, I introduced readers to a phenomenal app called MyFitness Pal. I decided to expand on what I had already stated to further your knowledge and hopefully show how MyFitness Pal can have a tremendous impact on your life.

After racking my brain, there are six reasons MyFitness Pal is valuable for you SLO Skinny readers.

1)    Access. It is vital when trying to lose weight that you are able to track what you are eating, therefore you need a medium which will allow you to do that anywhere. MyFitness Pal is available for the android, iPhone, iPad and all are synced and moreover available to change online.

2)    Easy. MyFitness Pal is unlike other apps in the sense that it does not require much technical familiarity to utilize it properly. A basic knowledge would suffice when using this app and should take no longer than five minutes to full grasp how to use it.

3)    Incorporating. This app does not only allow a user to track food, but moreover exercise as well. It allows you to track everything which means that it is essentially “one stop shopping.” There is no need for a supplementary app to track your exercise goals, which means you don’t have to do any tricky cross referencing to see if you met your daily goals.

4)    Free. Since the app is completely free, you will be able to cut your costs overall. The information this gives allows you to personally keep track of everything rather than hiring a dietitian and trainer to do it for you, hence cutting any costs that could have occurred.

5)    Customization. The app has users type in their gender, current weight, goal weight, height, and current exercise level. This information is the basis for which the app will subsequently tell the user the recommended calorie goal for each day to allow the user to reach their goal weight. By using specific measurements, users are more likely to get more accurate results.

6)    Extensive. The food log allows a user to type in almost any brand and gets the specific nutritional information for it. Thus leaving the guess work out of most meals. For home cook meals, a user can input information if it is not in the database.

This app takes most of the guess work out of getting healthy. A user can track specific intakes such as sugar and sodium which is advantageous for users with health concerns such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

Working out and keeping track of everyday’s food intake can be tedious and tiring. This app will allow users to seemingly flawlessly input specific food and exercise to help aid in weight loss. Therefore, this app is a ten out of ten for anyone wanting to get in shape or stay in shape!

“You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.”- Ruth E. Renkl






Eat THIS…NOT that

For all of you television fanatics the quote, “A moment on the lips, forever on the hips,” was said on  the very popular F.r.i.e.n.d.s series. This quote should be plastered in your mind while grappling with the holiday season’s tantalizing temptations.

The Halloween season is a particularly difficult time for any candy lover such as myself. Copious amounts of Tootsie Rolls, Snickers and Kit-Kat bars in every store can break down even the strongest person.

Instead of depriving yourself from all candy this Halloween season, there are “healthier” alternatives that will leave you feeling less guilty.

First off it’s important to see what makes the typical Halloween candy so bad.  Many people have the misconception that calories are the only thing to look at when determining whether or not to eat something. It is important to rather look at the breakdown, hence total fat, saturated fat, sugar, poly saturated and monounsaturated fats.

In the picture above, the Tootsie Roll Mega Mix is a prime example of how much sugar is packed into  Halloween candy. Based on a 2000 calorie diet, there are 140 calories in a single Tootsie Roll. Moreover, the breakdown of the 140 calories includes 20 grams of sugar.

The serving size for this bag of Laffy Taffy is 5 bars. For each serving size there are 150 calories and 21 grams of sugar.

According to the American Heart Association, “The statement says that most women should consume no more than 100 calories (about 25 grams) of added sugars per day.”

Being that a single Tootsie Roll had 20 grams of sugar, a woman would have almost eaten their daily intake for sugars.

For men, the American Heart Association states, “Most men should consume no more than 150 calories (about 37.5 grams) each day.”

Sugar is empty, meaning there is no nutritional value in it. Therefore, it is critical to not only look at the calories, but moreover the serving size and sugar per gram for the stated serving size.

In single piece of Dove Silky Smooth Pleasures Dark Chocolate, there are 170 calories. Our of the 170 calories there are 15 grams of sugar.

Don’t get discouraged, it isn’t all hopeless. Dark chocolate is a healthy alternative that tastes good as well. The benefits of dark chocolate far exceed other candy.

According to Readers Digest, “…dark chocolate contains flavonoids, which are compounds that act as antioxidants. Flavonoids protect cells from harmful molecules—called free radicals..”

It goes without saying, that moderation is key even when consuming such as dark chocolate.

However, the health benefits dark chocolate offers, such as reducing the risk of heart disease is enormous. Consuming dark chocolate is auspicious rather than consuming a  candy such as a Tootsie Roll with no advantageous health benefits.

The Skinny Cow brand is a fantastic alternative to traditional candy. The Dark Chocolate Dreamy Clusters contain 120 calories for 1 pouch and only have 9 grams of sugar per serving. The Milk Chocolate Heavenly Crisp have 110 calories per serving size, which is 1 bar. In each serving size there are a mere 9 grams of sugar.

There are tools available to those who want to help keep track of their sugar intake. Apps are indispensable when attempting to analyze what you are consuming each day.

MyFitnessPal is a free app that is also accessible online. You can track your exercise and food consumption simultaneously, therefore allowing you to see the totality of each day’s food intake.

According to WebMD, a recent study conducted by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine concluded that tracking your food intake is propitious. Victor Stevens, PhD, senior investigator at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland reviewed over the study’s findings.

“I think the most powerful part is accountability and the next most powerful part is increasing awareness of where those extra calories are coming from,” Stevens.

Many people see tracking food as tedious and pointless, however there is credible research to back it. As Victor Stevens, it makes you more aware of your intake and moreover holds you accountable for what you are consuming.

By becoming more conscientious of what you are consuming, you will be able to indulge in sweets without feeling as guilty. Additionally by beginning to track your food intake now, you will have better tools to aid in staying on track with the difficult holiday times rapidly approaching.

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity…”-Amelia Earhart