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myfitnesspal or foodfocus?

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TartyMcFarty Sun 11-Sep-11 13:14:56

Looking for recommendations - who's had success using either one of these, or something else? Suggestions please!

UpsyDozy Sun 11-Sep-11 13:17:35

Love myfitnesspal as it has a phone app and a website. Has loads of foods on there and a barcode scanner on the phone which makes things very quick and easy!

Only downside for me is that unlike Weight watchers there is no concept of "saving" calories for a week or any set period which means you can't ever really relax or treat yourself. You get extra calories for exercise though.

All in all I'm finding it a bit easier than WW as calories are easier to count than points.

ohijustdontknowanymore Sun 11-Sep-11 13:39:45

Another for MFP. It is really easy to set up and works everything out for you.

I looked at food focus but felt MFP was a better set up.

Have been doing MFP for 4 weeks and have lost 11ibs.

TartyMcFarty Sun 11-Sep-11 15:25:33

Oooh, that's good going! I've never thought in calories before, so I've no idea how the calculations compare with WW points.

foreverondiet Sun 11-Sep-11 16:16:38

I love MFP.

I save exercise calories for the weekend. It means some days I have a deficit and some days I have a surplus but I make sure it evens out over the week.

UpsyDozy Sun 11-Sep-11 16:40:34

foreverondiet do you find you still lose weight doing that? I'm only asking because I've been really strict with myself on 1200 calories all week and I baked some brownies "for the kids" yesterday....grin

Lisatheonewhoeatsdrytoast Sun 11-Sep-11 16:41:58

Love myfitnesspal, i lost 10lb using it over a couple of months, to take me to my ideal BMI of 22, My DH has lost 1st 1lb, it's brilliant!!

foreverondiet Sun 11-Sep-11 18:14:55

I don't think you can blow the exercise calories on things like extra chocolate brownies, too much sugar and refined carbs. But a bigger balanced meal out with a taste of dessert... Yes did lose on that.

TBH I am maintaining now so don't always log at weekends anymore. I only eat exercise cals if hungry though. No point in eating them otherwise...

ladydeedy Mon 26-Sep-11 16:07:41

love MFP! have lost 12lb and it's been so easy. it motivates you to exercise as you can earn extra calories but I try not to "eat my exercise" unless v hungry! Also you can look at a week view, so you can see how you've done over a whole week's intake rather than just focussing on one day so you get to put things in perspective if you've gone over your "allowance" for a day or more.
It's so simple and you learn to make choices - do I have a glass of wine or do I use my calories some other way? smile. So you never feel deprived. Plus you can have "friends" on there so there's support if you want it too.

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