Food tracking apps like MyFitnessPal & Lose It are fantastic resources to help you reach your goals. However, when it comes to tracking, weighing & measuring your foods, sometimes errors can occur within the app. Here are the top 5 mistakes we see most often at Revolutionize regarding tracking, and how to correct them!
Regardless of whether or not there is a green check mark next to a MFP or Lose It entry, sometimes the macros are just not correct. Always be sure to check your nutrition label and ensure that it is consistent with what the entry in the app is reading. If it is a food without a nutrition label, or if you’re just completely unsure, text your rev nutritionist!
Sometimes there will be entries within the apps that only have calories listed without macros. Since we are counting macros and not calories, this is an issue we really want to steer clear of, because if you’re tracking a food and the macros are not accounted for, they will not be reflected in your daily totals, and this will mess up your true macronutrient intake. Always be sure to read what the app says before tracking!
Some foods will have different macronutrient values when they are raw versus when they are cooked. The example we always use is chicken breast. When you cook a chicken breast, you probably notice that it gets a bit smaller and denser in appearance. This change in appearance also marks a change in macros, as ounce for ounce, raw chicken breast and cooked chicken breast will have different macros (hint: cooked has more!) If you are weighing and measuring your food raw, track it raw, and if you are weighing and measuring your food cooked, track it cooked! Some other notable examples are potatoes, spinach/greens, and shrimp.
Sometimes when you scan or manually search a food item, one common culprit being quest bars, it will account for the “net carbs” (total carbohydrates-carbohydrates from fiber/sugar alcohols) rather than the total carbs. Here at Rev we do not practice counting net carbs, but rather accounting for all of the carbohydrates in any given food. Make sure all carbs, whether they’re from sugar, fiber, or sugar alcohols, are being represented in the MyFitnessPal App.
We’ve all been there. You have a food, whether it’s at home or at a restaurant, that seems perfectly safe and macro friendly, and then when you plug it into the app, you realize how wrong you were! A great way to ensure that this doesn’t happen is to track ahead of time! Plan out your day. If you’re dining out, read menus, and when in doubt, text your rev nutritionist. When you plan ahead, you are creating a hypothetical plan where you could follow, and if it changes, simply swipe and delete that particular entry and add something else in to get your macros on point!
Above all else, text your nutritionist when in doubt! We track our foods as well and understand that the app is not perfect and neither are we, errors will happen but our job is to minimize these silly little errors to maximize accuracy and in turn maximize your results J
Written by Emily Ventura, B.S. Public Health