MyFitnessPal is a popular calorie counting and fitness tracking app that is used by millions of people worldwide. It has both a free and paid version, and choosing which one to use can be a daunting task. In this blog post, we will compare the features of the free and paid versions of MyFitnessPal to help you decide which one is right for you.
- Calorie Tracking
The free version of MyFitnessPal allows you to track your daily caloric intake, set goals, and view your progress. You can log in your food and drink intake, and the app will calculate your total calorie intake for the day. The app also allows you to track your macronutrients (protein, carbs, and fat).
The paid version of MyFitnessPal, called MyFitnessPal Premium, offers additional features such as the ability to set specific macronutrient goals and track them. It also has the ability to set calorie and nutrient goals by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks).
- Exercise Tracking
Both the free and paid versions of MyFitnessPal allow you to track your exercise. You can manually log in your exercise or sync it with other fitness apps or wearable devices. The app will calculate the calories burned during exercise and adjust your daily caloric intake accordingly.
The paid version of MyFitnessPal, however, offers more detailed exercise tracking features. You can set specific exercise goals and track your progress. It also offers custom workouts and the ability to log in your strength training exercises.
- Nutritional Information
Both the free and paid versions of MyFitnessPal offer extensive nutritional information on thousands of food items. You can search for food items and view their nutritional information, including calories, macronutrients, and micronutrients.
The paid version of MyFitnessPal, however, offers additional nutritional information, including nutrient density scores and macronutrient percentages for each food item. It also offers a food insights feature that provides personalized nutritional advice based on your eating habits.
One of the main drawbacks of the free version of MyFitnessPal is the advertisements. The app has ads that can be distracting and annoying, and they can slow down the app's performance.
The paid version of MyFitnessPal, however, does not have any ads, providing a smoother and more streamlined experience.
- Customer Support
The free version of MyFitnessPal offers limited customer support, with only email support available. The paid version, on the other hand, offers priority customer support with faster response times and phone support.
In conclusion, both the free and paid versions of MyFitnessPal offer valuable features to help you track your nutrition and fitness goals. The paid version, however, offers more advanced features and a better user experience with no ads and better customer support. Consider your needs and goals when deciding which version of MyFitnessPal is right for you.
Another great option? Check out one of our favorites: MyMacros+!
In Good Health,
Dan, Team Midwest Meals
NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist