Fitday.com is a fab, free website that can help you lose weight, get fitter and more.
FREE & FABULOUS | I’ve been trying on a quasi-casual level to lose “those last five pounds” for the last five years, but haven’t been able to. Now I know why and what to do about it, thanks to Fitday.com. Fitday, for the uninitiated—and there are still one or two of us out there—is a free, superbly organized weight loss website that allows its five million members to easily set a weight loss goal that will trigger an action plan that includes daily food consumption and physical activity requirements.
All of this is great, of course, but the best thing about Fitday in my view, and in the view of Innovative Fitness trainer Josh Allen who introduced me to the program, is the way it tracks the nutrient values in the foods you consume—and nutrient values, as I’m coming to learn, are at the root of my problem.
Carbs and Fat and Protein, Oh My!
“A lot of people don’t really understand what the macronutrient is in most foods,” says Allen, explaining that a macronutrient is the dominant nutrient in a food, either a carbohydrate, protein or fat. “With Fitday you can actually see what percentage of calories in a particular food is coming from which nutrient. Take an avocado, for example. If you plug it into their program, it will show you that most of the calories are coming from fat [the macronutrient] with a little bit of protein and a little bit of carbs.”
Allen says people may be consuming very few calories but not necessarily good ones and that Fitday will show them that. “I don’t think a lot of people understand the high percentage of calories they’re consuming from carbohydrates,” he says, pointing out that a 500-calorie chicken breast will affect your body differently than 500 calories’ worth of oranges or candy, which are mainly carbs.
The Pie Don’t Lie
One of Fitday’s most useful features is its Calorie Pie Chart Report, which is generated fresh daily and shows the exact percentage of carbohydrate, protein and fat in the foods you eat, painting an unflinching picture of your macronutrient of choice—carbs in my case, which is why I haven’t been able to drop those last lbs. —C. Rule