Maybe I'm wrong but I feel like I'm the only person who didn't find MyFitnessPal very helpful. I usually eat home cooked meals with lots of different ingredients. While it's possible to enter every single ingredient and the amount used into MFP, it takes forever, and probably isn't very accurate especially since I never eat all of what I cook in one sitting (I'll make 2 or 3 portions at a time, so I then have to figure out what fraction of the total I ate and divide my amounts accordingly).
When I eat out, it's usually at local restaurants/shops that MyFitnessPal doesn't know. And even when it's a common food that I can find equivalent listings for, the same dish at different restaurants can have very different calorie contents. Is my local sandwich shop's chicken caesar wrap more equivalent to the wrap at Panera or the one at Quiznos? I have no way of knowing.
And, I did find a few listings in MFP that were completely inaccurate. For instance, the calorie count they gave for a Trader Joe's bagel was at least 100 calories higher than it should have been, according to the nutrition facts on the bagel package.
I did find MFP useful for cultivating general mindfulness about calories - it got me into the habit of checking the labels on things more often. But I didn't have any confidence in the actual totals it was giving me. I was just trying to maintain a healthy diet rather than cut significant calories, so I didn't have big margins to work with.
I ended up dropping it after a month or two.
I would like to see preselected goals (like running a marathon) metered out every step to further help acheive those goals. Like a couch-to-5k thing, step by step. If fitstar can give us personal workouts, I feel like we shoud be able to pick an individual, personal, goal and it could feed it to us via the hardware. Maybe you wanna run a 5k i 20 minutes? Well todays time and pace goal might be running 2 miles at a comfortable pace, but tomorrows workout could be to build for speed, so it's sprint for 1 minute and jog for 2 for 3 miles.
You tell it what your goal is, and what you are comfortably doing currently; and it arranges a workout plan to help you reach your goal.
That's what I'd like to see.
Here Is Why Motivation Matters
Motivation really matters. And I am the type of person who thrives on it.
One day at the gym this summer I was doing my little routine next to this other gym bro.
He had these HUGE 50 lb weights and I was legit using 12s. I felt so self conscious. Then I realized we were doing the same circuit! At every change, his weights were easily 5x more than mine... but you know what? My little dinky weights were still a challenge for me, and it was actually really fun "keeping up" with him.
I gained a lot of confidence that day simply by seeing a serious lifter do exactly what I was doing. I would love to see more ladies in the weights area at my gym, and we're slowly gaining traction.
Its guys like you, and like that lifting bro who gave me quiet encouragement, that make it a much more welcoming place!