My Fitness Pal

For students who want to cut back on cafeteria food and free cookies from your RA, My Fitness Pal is an essential tool. The app lets you count calories by selecting the food you’ve eaten that day and in what quantities. The app can even count how many steps you take and how many calories you burn, providing a free alternative to a Fitbit. You can save meals that you frequently eat, making it easier to count calories. The app will also take into account the exercise you input and subtract that from the total amount of calories you’ve consumed that day.

Hannah Elliott, a junior psychology and business major at The University of Tampa, uses My Fitness Pal to track the food she eats. “I think it’s really useful,” Elliott said. “I have been using it for 5 months now and have lost 40 pounds, so it works. It keeps you honest about what you are eating, and it’s good to use to track your weight as well.”

One of the most convenient features of the app is that it lets you scan a food item’s barcode and it will tell you the nutritional value of it. This is especially useful when grocery shopping. The app is easy to learn and can connect with multiple other fitness apps, including Apple Health, Fitbit, Garmin, Runkeeper and Misfit.

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