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MyFitnessPal: A Digital Diet with Teamwork
By: Devon Travern
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When trying to get fit and healthy, what seems to help most? Some people just need the right music to hone in and focus when in the gym. Some people need a coach to keep them on the right track. Others just need a friend, someone who is trying to make the same improvements as them to help them stay encouraged.
It always helps to have a partner by you with a common goal who can hold you accountable for your living habits while you pursue better health. In the world of social media, app developers have been creating platforms to make some of life’s more tedious things more social and easier to do. It’s no different in the realm of fitness.

MyFitnessPal is a fitness app that helps you track your calorie intake to either gain mass or lose it. It’s fairly simple to use. After downloading it for free on the App Store, users must register their profile. Fill in your age, height, and target weight within a certain time frame and MyFitnessPal will then generate a set number of calories for you to take in daily in order to reach your goal.
Keeping track of your calories is made relatively easy with this app. All you have to do is use the scan feature built in to MyFitnessPal and it will read the barcode on the food you are about to eat. With this tool, MyFitnessPal will register the number of calories, fats, carbohydrates, etc. in any given food. All you have to do is alter the quantity you are consuming. From there, each food will be saved in the app, so if you reuse it all you have to do is go back and select it.

Additionally, if users casually look to the left and click the drop-down menu they will see options for diary, nutrition, and progress. Using these tabs, users can keep a nutritional diary of what they’ve been eating daily. The nutrition tab breaks down the dietary balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat in the form of a pie chart. In the progress tab users can see their progress in weight gain or loss in a linear graph.
The social aspect of MyFitnessPal is as effortless as its main components. Users can click that same drop-down menu to see friends and messages. In the friends tab, you can add friends and family by searching their Facebook, phone contacts, or email address. Once accepted, users can keep track of their friend’s fitness progress. The app even goes as far as to notate if your friends’ profile has been idle and that maybe they need some encouragement.

Additionally, you can send messages to your friends to do everything from motivating one another to sharing what’s been working for one another regarding reaching that goal. MyFitnessPal gives its users the ability to easily keep track of their food consumption, and join others in the same pursuit of health. After all, everything is easier with teamwork. Right?

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About the Author
Devon Travern is a student of all that surrounds him. He believes in the world's need for innovation and forward thinking. With a BA in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensbroro, his passion lies in social media and branding. As Founder and Editor-in-Chief of LiveInspired Magazine, Devon is focused on sharing the stories of up-and-comers set to revolutionize the way we live. As a freelance social media strategist and branding consultant, he has also played a role in helping to build and establish the brands of companies such as KadoNYC, Gallium Digital Agency, and No Hassle Co. A cultural connoisseur and a visionary, Devon seeks to help others realize their potential while reaching his at the same time
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