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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My Fitness Pal and the Belly Fat Cure

I believe it is crucial to track your carbohydrate and sugar intake on the Belly Fat Cure. The plan is designed around the concept of the S/C Value of 15/6. What does that mean?  The "S" stand for SUGAR grams and Jorge Cruise wants you to have no more than 15 grams of sugar per day. The "C" stands for CARB SERVINGS, which is a little more complicated. For a detailed explanation see THIS OLD POST.

Dawn (and her awesome BFC Blog at Dawn's Daily Chocolates) recommended My Fitness Pal as a way to track your S/C Values and I think it is a perfect fit! In fact I wish I had been using it ages ago! Instead I spent a ton of time making my own spreadsheet to do the work (ugh!). Hayhouse Publishing had a Belly Fat Cure iPhone App briefly on the market, but then pulled it the same week. I even spent time writing my own BFC App for Android and abandoned it out of frustration. But My Fitness Pal (MFP) is everything you need to keep track of you S/C Value, plus it is an excellent food diary and weight tracker. And big bonus, you can use it from your computer, iOS (iPhone, iPhone, iWhatever) or Android phone or tablet for free!

To setup MFP to help you track your BFC goals, you need to start with a little setup. After you have created your account (HERE), from the top menu choose: My Home: Goals: Change Goals: Custom. Here I changed my Carbohydrates to be 120grams, but I could only do so by making it be a percentage of my calories. MFP decided I should have 1200 calories a day, and I didn't argue with that, so 40% is the proper setting to get 120 grams. Then I changed my Fiber to be 25 grams and Sugar to be 15 grams and click CHANGE GOALS.

I really don't care what my calorie settings are, as I don't count or pay attention to them (honestly, I don't). But MFP seemed obsessed with it, so I worked with that!

Now you are ready to do your daily entries. I LOVE that everything under the sun is already in the database and other users have validated the nutritional values. I also love that with Quick Tools: Remember Meal I can save my own recipes very easily and save my common meals. For example, I made an entry called "Home Coffee" that consists of coffee, benefiber, heavy cream and coconut oil. I did the same thing for my Zucchini Lasagna and then when I have a portion I just use .25 of the recipe.

Here is a day from this week where I had a gathering where I knew I would be drinking, so I ate a little lighter than usual. I am currently doing the Belly Fat Cure Fast Track, where I don't actually need to track the S/C Values and my sugar and carbs are noticeably lower. I would usually have a light breakfast and no wine at all, so it's isn't a real typical day.

Here is a typical day of Belly Fat Cure tracking where I did count my S/C Values.
I think My Fitness Pal is a great fit with the Belly Fat Cure and allows you to track your food intake and S/C Values very easily! If you have tips on how to use MFP with the BFC, please let me know in the comments section.
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If you have an Android phone, you can simply use a barcode app to scan this QR Code and get My Fitness Pal!

25 comments:

  1. good morning Amber! I love, love, love Myfitnesspal! It is such a great way to keep track of what we are eating! I also the recipe function all the time, but hardly ever use the meals function. What I do use a lot is the 'copy yesterday' or 'copy tomorrow' function for meals, which is great. If you have the same meal today as yesterday, you can easily copy it from today's screen or yesterday's screen. Love it! Have a great day!

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  2. I need to pull MFP for the new year-even if I'm am FT'ing (and will continue to) I think it's such an awareness to track. I like the copy feature and will use that! Many thanks.

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  3. I use fat secret, although I have an account with MFP. I like to keep my IPAD on my kitchen counter, and use it to track, but the MFP app shows up very small on the screen. It is about the size of a cellphone. The fat secret app is very similar, but fills the whole screen and you can just tap all that you eat. It also has saved meals, and it sends you an email once a week to weigh in. They also have challenges that you can participate in. I am upgrading my ipad operating system now to the newest version. Maybe the IPAD app for MFP will work better with it. Whatever app you use, it's great that we can track so easily!

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    1. Hi Patti! FYI in the lower right hand corner of the Ipad screen (when you're in MFP)there's a button that says 2x if you hit that it makes MFP fill the screen. I have been using it on my Ipad2 since I got it in Nov. :)

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  4. HI Amber I think that is a great way for new people to keep track of everything.
    Have a great day :-)

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  5. Pattie - I tried Fat Secret, but never really liked it for BFC. MFP just released a new iPad app last wk that should solve your problem!

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  6. Wonderful idea to start the year off with...thank you for the info!!
    Peace,
    E

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  7. Amber, your dairy shows what I have experienced this first week on the BFC. I haven't gotten anywhere near 120 carbs by the time I hit my suger goal of 15. The other problem I have is that my daily calories are 1500 a day. I am tall and sturdy. :-) I haven't been able to get very much above 1200 calories per day on the BFC. I know this will result in more weight loss, but I am also feeling pretty tired today and that might be because I'm not getting enough food for energy.

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  8. Hey Amber. Your blog is awesome, I just started doing this diet 3 days ago. I am not what you would call a overweight but I gained 15 pounds from waist size of 6 to 10 over a year when I got injured in an accident.

    I have a question, you can actually add grams of carbs altogether, instead of just servings per food? Jorge's CURE book had no explanation of this method (adding grams only) so I had no idea if that was allowed.

    Let me give you makeup mock sample of what I am asking about... I eat 3 handful of nuts. Suppose one type of nuts has 5 carbs each handful so, i can go like 5x3 and have 15 carbs for the day. One serving. If I follow Jorge's technique: 5g=one serving, so it'd add to three servings for the day. Jorge (to my readings) acts like it should be three servings. Some people say I can just count them as grams since they are same food in a whole. Others say I cannot. Eh?

    And then I wonder about like having total of 15g of nuts, then wanting to add 4g carbs of cauliflowers, that then can still consider as one serving even though nuts and cauliflowers are in a total different category. Yes? No?

    Looking at your MyFitnessPal, its like you just add all carbs altogether for the day than each food of servings individually. So that is workable ok to Jorge, or is it how he really does it? I guess I am still little confused on this part about grams.

    Thanks in advance for the help.
    Carrie

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  9. Carrie, you want to concentrate on the MEAL total along with the daily total. Meal total should be no more than 5g sugar/40g carbs or 5/2 servings. It doesnt really matter if you count servings, as long as you count by meal. It matters what you put in body to process together and how that effects your blood sugar.

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  10. Wow, that is clear. Yeah, it makes sense to just ideally focus on no more than 5/2 per meal. Help balance grams out evenly. Thank you for taking time in responding to me. You rock Amber.

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  11. Amber:
    I made the changes just like you suggested but I cant get the sugar & carb lines to show up on my food diary page, can you advise? what am I doing wrong?

    Thanks so much, your blog and suggestions are awesome!

    Claudia

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  12. Amber,

    thank you so much, you are an inspiration. i've just found your blog a couple of days ago and have been reading it. Thank you!

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  13. Been using MFP since the Jan 5th- per sister A's suggestion and it works great. I love having the app on my phone AND at my work desk AND at home. NO EXCUSES, and that's the secret - enter everything as soon as you eat it.

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  14. Amber,
    Thanks for letting your readers know about my fitness pal. I have been using it since Monday. Very Easy to set up and track you carbs(with your simple instructions) and sugar.
    Keep writing
    Kelly

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  15. Thank you for sharing about MFP! I've tried several other apps...but this one is far superior. The "cloud" sync between the desktop and the various "on the go" apps ROCKS!! Plus, the data base is better than any other I have run across. Thanks again for taking the time to show us how this works!! xoxo

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  16. Boy I sure appreciated your S/C tracker spreasheet! It made all the difference for me to really see what foods and portions would work. I use the same file to track my weekly weigh-ins with too. Down 47lbs, and just like you from a size 16 to 8. Yay! Thank you Amber!!

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  17. Can we add you on our MFP "friends" to see how you track and view the foods you list (for ideas on what to eat)? Thanks!

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  18. Free gift cards... http://cantbeatfree.net/members/register.php?refid=30579

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  19. Hey Amber, Love your blog as always. I forgot about a tool that you can customize for Android - Calorie Counter. You can customize the columns to only show carbs and sugar if you like. You can also save and copy favorites or add recipes. Nice replacement for those not on the iphone/ipad and it's free to boot.

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  20. I know the focus is on carbs and sugars, but what is a reasonable number for fat grams? I remember in one of Jorge's videos he says he likes to add lots of cheese, but "be reasonable" with it. I just want to make sure I am not over-doing it on the fat grams!

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  21. Wow! Thanks! I Wish I had read this post before spending my time designing a spreadsheet tracker to carry around! I just started BFC and treid to do it on my own this week. Week two I'm using his sample menus. The books I have are from 2010 and I'm not paying for his new plan yet so your blog, MFP and these books are my main tools. Thanks so much for sharing your journey w us!

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  22. Look like MFP has maybe modified their name to Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal. Couldn't find them doing a search, but the QR code above found it! Thank you. :)

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  23. Looks like MFP is not, Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal. I couldn't find MFP doing a search, but did using the QR code. Thanks for having it on your page. :)

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