Thursday, October 26, 2017

My Fitness Pal

Not sure how or where I came upon My Fitness Pal, but I like it.  In fact, I like it so much I paid $49/yr. to become a premium subscriber.  What's nice about My Fitness Pal, other than it's one of the best calorie counters I've ever seen on the internet, is the charts and printouts.  You can see your daily, weekly or monthly ratio of Proteins, Carbs & Fat.  This ratio should be different based on your age, weight and whether you are training/racing.  If you're training and/or racing you want your ratio of Proteins/Carbs/Fat to be more like: 25/60/15.  If you're not training you might want your ratio to be more like: 20/45/35.  Again, it depends on age, weight, and training.  If your goal is to drop some weight, then you want to reduce your carbohydrate intake.  If you're over 50, you want to increase your protein intake to help stave off sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass).

What really shocked me is the amount of sodium in the foods we eat.  Just the other night I went to Perkins for dinner (2 for 1) with my wife.  I thought I'd order something healthy to I picked out the chicken w/ rice and asparagus marked "ff" Fit Friendly by Perkins.  When I got home, I looked up my dinner in My Fitness Pal and found out that my "ff" meal had over 2000mg of sodium in it.  Are you kidding me?  And Perkins calls it "Fit Friendly".  The average recommended daily sodium intake is 1500mg max.  Just this one meal took me over my daily sodium goal.  And, today, at lunch, I ordered shrimp egg foo young w/ rice.  Can you believe 2300mg of sodium?  I'm hoping that's because it includes gravy which I had less than a tablespoon of.

Another shocker was my sugar intake.  It seems as though sugar is in everything these days.  Although I don't normally exceed my daily recommended sugar intake, it just amazes me how much sugar is in things.

Don't take my word for it, check out My Fitness Pal  I think you'll like it as much as I do.  Perhaps you'll even upgrade to their premium subscription like I did.

Power ON!  Coach Rob

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