As you may have seen on Instagram, I decided that I would starting counting calories/logging food again. It’s always an uphill battle for me because I have an unfortunate tendency to get obsessed with things of that nature… (read: I used to cut individual almonds in half when they were over-weight by a half-gram). This time, though, I’ve made a promise to myself (and to my wonderful boyfriend, who doesn’t deserve to live with a crazy person when he only signed up to live with a moderately crazy person) that I would keep my obsessive tendencies in check. That being said, I’m still super-huffy with MFP after their transition into the Under Armour connected fitness network (or whatever long-ass winded title it has), so I figured, what the hell! I’m already on Fitbit all the time, and love love love my Fitbit data, so why don’t I log my food there, too? Well, I’ve been logging for a few weeks and here are my thoughts:
It’s freaking beautiful: The way the dashboard integrates with it’s tiles and how all of them work together is really awesome. You can drag and drop your tiles wherever you’d like them (this is a screenshot from today so far–I need to move my butt, obviously).
Calories In vs. Calories Out: See that middle tile up there? It’s a comparison of your food intake (or planned intake, if you’ve logged the whole day) vs. the calories you’ve burnt. It’s updated constantly and let’s you know if you’re over, under, or in-the-zone to reach your weight loss goal (haven’t set up a weight loss goal through a food plan in Fitbit? Check out this tutorial to get started!). Because I log all of my food ahead of time, I don’t normally hit “in-the-zone” until right before I’m heading to sleep.
Lack of meal-based macros: You can only see macros for the day’s totals (see Daily Calorie Consumption below). It’s quite frustrating unless you plan the entire day ahead of time to make sure you’re on point (to be clear, I usually do this, but now I feel like I haven’t a choice in the matter).
Nutrition preview: My biggest issue with logging food in Fitbit is that the the nutrition preview only shows calories. You can’t see fat, carbs, fiber… nada. You can see all of that if you log it, buuuut. That’s not efficient. I end up adding a lot of my own food, which again, after having been on MFP for so long, just feels like way too much work.
All-in-all I’m content using Fitbit to log my food. The positives definitely outweigh the negatives, especially where integration is concerned–it’s nice to use a system that includes my steps/activities, food, weight loss goals, and a great teamwork/competition option if you’re into those methods, too. If you have a Fitbit and want to be friends, I’m KetoDeb there, too! 🙂
Do you count calories? If so, how are you logging your food? Leave a comment below and let me know!