MyFitnessJerk And The Constant Error Message

I’ve started using MyFitnessPal, an app to track food and exercise. I’m aiming to lose about 5 pounds before summer, but more importantly, I want to make sure my stressful-day fries and my just-this-once candy don’t become everyday food. The process of recording my food is helpful in itself. I’m more mindful of what a portion is and of which food is for everyday and which are for special occasions.

MyFitnessPal says I should be eating under 1200 calories per day, which is not difficult as long as I skip my special-occasion treats.


At the end of the each day, when I tap to say that day’s diary is finished, MyFitnessPal responds with an alert, tells me that I am likely not eating enough, and I should aim for 1200-1000 calories a day.  Yeah, I’m supposed to eat under 1200 calories for my 1/2 pound/week weight loss plan, so I eat ~1150, so it tells me that I’m not eating enough, and should be eating between 1200 and 1000. Which EXACTLY what I’m doing.  There is literally no way to get it right.


On one hand, I don’t like one aspect of a free app. Wah wah wah!  On the other, this is EVERYTHING so screwed up about women and food and weight and body image in one screenshot. Every possible amount of food intake is wrong.

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One Response to MyFitnessJerk And The Constant Error Message

  1. Jennette says:

    I used to use some app that tracked your average weight over the last 7 days and would give you an alert when you were moving upward. However, it never accounted for the fact that I gained water weight during my period, so I stopped using it because it was nagging me about weight gain that was not my fault.

    I also have to say, I almost stopped reading after that part where you said it’s not difficult to eat under 1200 calories a day, but sojourned on out of female solidarity.

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