Weight Lost this Week: 2.6 Pounds.
Paying attention to what I’m eating and getting some exercise has made a difference. I’m down 2.6 pounds since last weigh in on WeightWatchers a week ago. That being said, I’m really thinking that I’ll be moving to MyFitnessPal.com as my nutrition and exercise diary. I started using it this week and there’s a lot to like about it.
Yes, there are a ton of adds on the site which are mildly irritating. And, yes, the site could use some design help in a serious way, but it’s usable and I have a tendency to tune out adds when I’m on a site anyway.
It’s data rich
One of the things that Weight Watchers had going for it in the beginning of my journey was that I was familiar with it and it simplified things with the PointsPlus tracking method. I didn’t have to keep track of calories, fat, protein, carbs, vitamins, etc for everything that I put into it. That made it easy.
However, as I’ve spent more time learning about my health, I’ve found that I’d like more of this information. I still don’t want to track it, but I want to see it. And that should be easy too. It should be built into the system and visible to the user. I should be able to scan anything with my iPhone and get all the information about it.
It’s got a great iPhone App
WeightWatchers has a scanner app, but the back-end database for the scanner app seems to be missing a lot. Easily, 1 out of 4 times I use it, the item can’t be found. And I’ve only tried it on common foods, not obscure or local foods. The hit rate would probably be worse if I used it on everything.
MyFitnessPal.com has a great app, with the scanner built-in, and a great database (data rich) that seems to be able to find everything. I tried it out on some of the more esoteric items in my pantry and it found all of them. There hasn’t been a miss yet. It even had the bottle of White Oak by the Bruery that I had in the fridge. That’s powerful.
It is more realistic about exercise
Maybe this one is just me, but it seems like I’m getting more realistic information about how my exercise translates into calories burned (more that I can eat) with MyFitnessPal.com than with WeightWatchers. This could be because I actually get a calorie count rather than an obscure points value that I don’t fully understand. But there’s more to it – Granularity. In WeightWatchers, there are basically 2 categories for cycling, one equates to medium and one to high levels of intensity. In MyFitnesPal.com there are 6, bases on speeds, and then separate categories for stationary bikes and mountain biking.
Both of these solutions are good in their own ways. I do think MyFitnessPal has an edge on WeightWatchers when it comes to their database of food, at least when it comes to the foods I’m eating. However, WeightWatchers makes it easy to calculate points if you have three data points on the food (fat, protien, carbs).
It seems to me that if you’re the kind of person who geeks out on data points, MyFitnessPal is the way to go. If you’re someone who just needs a simplified interface and doesn’t mind not having all the data WeightWatchers may be a good choice.