I needed to lose 10 pounds and tried out MyFitnessPal again, after several years of not using it. This time, I tried the Premium trial, so I’m getting all the features and stats.
I’m reminded of why I quit using MyFitnessPal years ago. If you’re not eating the same thing every day, MyFitnessPal is a time sink. Expect to spend at least 5 minutes before or after every meal, scanning bar codes and weighing foods on the kitchen scale. Then you’re worrying about what combo of nutrients you need or whether you’re going to exceed your carb/fat/protein quotas for the day/week.
As an aside, I’m reminded of Luke 12:22-23, [Jesus] said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.” Of course, if you continue reading, you’ll see Jesus is talking about finding food to eat at all, and trusting God to provide nourishment, rather than worrying about where your next meal will come from.
But I digress. If you want to lose weight, or just maintain your ideal weight, you need something easy to stick with. Something that doesn’t require you to become a “full time calorie accountant.” The free No S Diet, created by Reinhard Engels, does just this. The whole diet is explained in one sentence: No snacks, sweets, or seconds, except on days that start with S. That’s it!
You don’t need to buy anything to get started with it. It’s not time consuming. It’s easy to stick with. No S really works. It actually works a little too well – I lost 30 pounds the last time I used it, 15 pounds under what I wanted to be. So I’m taking it easy this time.
I’m getting rid of MyFitnessPal again. It’s neat to look at the stats, but Premium is not at all worth it at $50-$100+/year, at least for me. If you really love counting calories though, it might work for you.
This time, I’m combining No S with aspects of the Shoku Iku Japanese food philosophy. Basically, aim for 3-5 colors on every plate. If you eat a heavy meal, balance it out with a light one the next time you eat. Easy stuff.