How I use my BlackBerry to eat healthier

By Jared DiPane on 11 Feb 2012 03:03 pm EST

It's Health & Fitness Month at Mobile Nations!

With the Mobile Nations Fitness Month under way you are likely trying to find all the ways to utilize your BlackBerry smartphone to help keep yourself on the right path. Back at CES 2012 I found myself in a conversation with Adam and Kevin about getting healthier for the new year, devoting time to health and getting more fit, and it really struck home -- it was time to get my health back in my hands. Unfortunately now-a-days it is far easier (and cheaper) to grab a burger and fries from McDonalds after a long days work than it is to go home and make yourself a well balanced meal.

I knew that the convenience was just something I was telling myself to make myself feel better, and that there was really no excuse for me not to be healthier and in much better shape than I was. It was time for a change, and a big one at that. Since my BlackBerry device is almost always with me it was obvious that I should take advantage of that fact, and use it to my advantage, so I did just that.

Controlling my diet 

I love food. Seriously. To me there is no better cure for a long busy work day than a nice hot meal that has lots of cheese and all the other amazing non-healthy things in it. Sure, eatting like this satisfies your immediate need to get food in you, but shortly after stuffing your face all you want to do is lay on the couch and then fall aslee, which is no good. So, I knew the diet needed to change, and it needed to change in a big way. This is the area I struggle the most in, and I have found a lot of help from a free BlackBerry application called MyFitnessPal. 


MyFitnessPal is a calorie counter application that is available on nearly any smartphone, which makes it great for a variety of users. Once you download the application you are required to set up a free account which captures some personal information like your height, weight, daily activity level and desired weight loss goal. After the information is entered into the application it will give you a daily calorie goal of which you should be consuming in order to help you hit your goal. Since not everyone out there is trying to lose the pounds, some want to stay at their current weight, and others want to put on a few pounds, those are options that are available as well. 

Once you have created your account, and are alloted a calorie goal, it is time to begin by entering your foods that you are consuming. This is one of the parts that I struggled with the most, signing up for the app was very easy, but actually using it is a whole other ball game. Luckily MyFitnessPal has a database of over 1.1 million foods already entered, so searching for what you are eatting is rather painless.

Adding Food 

When heading to work for the day I tend to pack my breakfast, a snack or two and my lunch all at the same time, and for me it works best to add all this food to MyFitnessPal at that time verse when I am consuming it. Odds are that if you enter it in the beginning of the day it will be a lot easier than attempting to do it throughout the day as you consume the food.

Food Adding 

Each food you enter into your food diary will deduct the corresponding calorie amount from the daily tracking, and will update to show how many calories you have left to consume for the day. Aside from entering food you can also enter your water intake, cardio activity and any other daily exercise you perform. Adding activities that you are performing, like your lunch walk, or morning jog will add additional calories to your goal for the day.

Weight Loss 

At the end of each day there is an option for you to complete your food entry for the day, and once you complete your entry for the day a screen will pop up telling you where you would be in five weeks if you continued the daily habit the same way. The projected weight loss / gain over the course of five weeks is usually motivating to help keep you on the right path, or to make you realize that more changes need to be made. There is also an option to enter your weight daily, which can also be used as motivation to keep the graph going in the prefered direction.

The account is free, the application is free, and the long term results from utilizing the application are priceless to your health. Dedication is a must, you have to be dedicated, and force yourself to use the application. Place the icon on your home screen, set it as a convenience key, do what it takes to make yourself use it. Get in the habit and stick with it.

More information / download of MyFitnessPal 

Jared DiPane Jared DiPane "News Writer for Mobile Nations
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Reader comments

How I use my BlackBerry to eat healthier


I use a free app called Calorie Counter by FatSecret. I don't think you need an account but you can sign up for a free one if you like. You're absolutely right in that you must get in to the habit of using it and stick with it. I lost 35 lbs. in about 15 months. I also have a Fitbit and I just wish the Calorie Counter app was compatible with it as well. Or that Fitbit made a Blackberry app that was as easy to use as the iPhone Fitbit app.

You can sync MyFitnessPal with Fitbit, which is one of the reasons I selected it over the others. Also the food database is huge and I love the interface.

Downloaded MFP to my 9650 and connected to my Fitbit and now I'm good to go! Thanks for the post. Now if we could only get Fitbit to give us a decent BB app.

just hit the 205 day mark on MFP.

i've lost over 40lbs and have been maintaining since late November. it's a great app.

I started using this app daily back in October for both food tracking and weight tracking... sticking with it is definitely the key. Between keeping up with entries on both the BlackBerry and online when I got home, I'm happy to say that I dropped close to 20 lbs. in 4 months. Best part is that now I don't track as strictly, but the eating habits are now in place and weekly weight tracking tells me that I'm keeping the weight off. :)

I lost 30 lbs last year, using this until Christmas vacation. Stopped tracking as much since then, but this article may have motivated me to get back on track.

I've been using this app a week today, did my first weekly weigh-in this morning, 5lbs already off. Calorie counting isn't new to me, I've done it to lose 35lbs in the past but this app wasn't around then, I think I was using the livestrong one, but I find this one is much better, very easy to use and FREE, and I like the end of the day message of how much I'd weigh in 5 weeks if everyday were like this one.

Hello I would really recommend this app. Ive lost 40 lbs using this app and their community forums as well. It is awesome.

I am on day 187 of MFP use. I've lost 84 pounds since last June (96 since last March, but that was before I found MFP). MFP is the one app that I use multiple time daily. I LOVE this app!

I've been using this program on my 9900 for about three weeks. It is a good program and it does help you track diet and weight loss. The only fly in the ointment is the functionality difference between what is available for BB users vs. iOS users. My wife's iPhone has so much more user friendly functionality (charts, graphs, viewing friends comments, and most important - product bar code scanning) which makes it much easier to keep focused on your goals rather than spending so much time making the technology work.

Would I recommend it? Yes.

Do I wish that the developers didn't treat BB users as second rate? Yes.