4 Uses for a Fitness Tracker (Beyond Weight Loss)

4 Uses for a Fitness Tracker (Beyond Weight Loss)

The common goal of using fitness trackers is to shed unwanted pounds.

But, not always.

I started using the My Fitness Pal app once again this spring for a few different aspects of my health care and wanted to share in case it might be helpful for you too!

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In addition to logging calories consumed and exercise expended, I’m using My Fitness Pal to help regulate my hypoglycemia, gastroparesis and eczema. How?

I track carbohydrates.

I’m looking closely at the carb goals each day since they can affect blood sugar levels. I never used to pay attention to this individual metric, but now I do!

I watch individual meal calorie counts.

Rather than focusing on daily overall goals, I’m now paying closer attention to each individual meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) to ensure I’m spreading my calories over multiple smaller meals each day to alleviate symptoms of gastroparesis. Heavy meals = digestion issues for me.

I check on my protein goals before each meal.

Eggs and most dairy don’t sit well with me any longer since developing eczema, which means fewer sources of protein in my diet. Keeping an eye on my protein intake specifically helps ensure that I’m getting enough as a full-time vegetarian, part-time vegan. If you’re not sure how much protein you need each day, check out this article from Harvard Health.

I glance at food types.

With a quick scan I can see what types of foods I’ve had and correlate it with how I’m feeling. If I eat too much fresh produce, my stomach gets bogged down and I know to choose something easier to digest for upcoming snacks and meals. Itchy skin? Too much sugar or dairy is likely to blame.

How do you use your fitness tracker beyond the usual calorie counts and exercise log? Comment below!

Until next time,
Choose healthy!

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