How To Use Peloton And MyFitnessPal (Explained)


Today I’m going to pull a rabbit out of my hat and share with you how using the Peloton with MyFitnessPal had the greatest impact on my (as well as most of my clients) fitness and weight loss results.

As a general rule, you cannot connect Peloton to MyFitnessPal app directly because these apps do not integrate. However, you can sync all of your peloton workouts and metrics with the Apple Health app first, and then send all the data to the MyFitnessPal app.

What Is MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal is a smartphone app that not only allows you to count calories but also provides a full breakdown of your macronutrients, as well as helps to track your activity level. The company was founded in 2005, and today, it includes a database of over 14 million food items and brands.

In other words, it’s digital food journaling that helps to increase awareness about how much and what type of food you eat.

Why is MyFitnessPal so popular? In general, the MyFitnessPal is popular because the app is user-friendly and convenient to use with features like a barcode scanner to help rapidly add packed foods, without having to log them manually.

In fact, the survey done by Food and Nutrition Conference in 2015 showed that 83% of the dietitians recommended the use of nutrition and health-related apps like MyFitnessPal (source).

Apart from tracking your calories, MyFitnessPal also has a number of features like daily reminders and notifications to help you stay on track with your goals. One cool thing that I love about MPS is it uses gamification elements to make it more fun and engaging.

How does myfitnesspal work? As a whole, the myfitnesspal works by writing down all the foods and drinks that you ate during the day and provides a detailed analysis of those dietary records by calculating the number of calories, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats from each meal.

But that’s not all.

What I also like about the MyFitnessPal app is it also tracks your steps and workouts (whenever that’s on the peloton or elsewhere) and can adjust your daily calories intake based on your activity and personal goals.

When it comes to accuracy, recent studies have shown that “Dietary analysis with MyFitnessPal is accurate and efficient for total energy intake, macronutrients, sugar, and fiber, but not for cholesterol and sodium” (Evenepoel et al. 2020).

Why You Should Use Peloton With MyFitnessPal

In general, you should use the peloton with the MyFitnessPal app because you can adjust your calorie needs based on your exercise habits, which help you reach your goals faster. It also keeps all your metrics in one place.

  • Track physical activity – The biggest advantage of using MyFitnessPal with peloton is you can now add all of your daily workouts to the MFP app. Each session comes in the form of active minutes and calories burned and adjusts your total daily calorie goal.

For example, if you follow a low-carb diet, on the training days you can increase the number of calories and carbs, whereas on the rest days you can reduce carbs to a minimum.

  • Increase self-awareness – Tracking your food intake while doing the peloton can significantly improve your mindfulness and self-awareness. It gives you an idea of how much food you eat during the day, as well as how many calories and macros are in each food.

Steven W. Lichtman, Ed.D, and his colleagues from the Columbia University in New York have documented a large discrepancy between self-reported and the actual caloric intake in obese and overweight people.

The failure of some obese subjects to lose weight while eating a diet they report as low in calories is due to an energy intake substantially higher than reported and an overestimation of physical activity, not to an abnormality in thermogenesis” (Lichtman et al. 1992).

Take a look at the graph below.

As you can see, there was a huge difference between the number of calories that people report vs what they actually ate. One group reported (on average) consumption of 1,028 calories per day, where in fact, they were consuming 2,081 calories per day.

  • Accountability – Using MyFitnessPal with a peloton helps you stay accountable. You can set up daily reminders and challenges that keep you engaged and help to develop a habit of monitoring your food intake.

Some of the challenges include 9,000 steps a day for 28 days, reaching your calorie goals for 28 days, or developing healthy habits.

Each of these challenges focuses on doing one thing for the whole month, which is helpful to develop a strong life-long habit.

Studies have shown that only 2.5% of people can multitask effectively, while most of the people have can perform their best when doing single-task activities (Watson, 2010).

How To Connect Peloton To MyFitnessPal

You can connect Peloton to MyFitnessPal using the Apple Health app. First, you need to sync the Peloton app with Apple Health. This will save all your current and feature workouts in the app. Then, you can sync your Apple Health app with MyFitnessPal and keep all the data in one place.

Update the Peloton App – Keeping the peloton app up to date will help to ensure your integration process will run smoothly.

Select More – Open the app and choose the “more” tab on the bottom of the screen.

Select Health App – In the account settings, scroll down to find the Health App and select ‘connect to health app”

Choose the data you want to share – You will be able to select which data is sent into the Health App. You can choose all or only select the information that you want.

Now sync the MyFitnessPal with Health app.

Open MyFitnessPal – Open the MFP app and choose the “more” tab on the bottom right corner.

Select “apps and devices” – This will one a list of apps that can be integrated with the MyFitnessPal app. Choose the Health App from the list.

Enable permissions – To sync MFP and Health app you need to enable sharing permissions. You can do that in the settings tab in the Health App.

Now every time you finish your peloton class it will automatically sync with the Apple Health app and then with MyFitnessPal.

Conclusion

As you can see, the MyFitnessPal and peloton do not integrate directly. However, both of the apps easily integrate with the Apple Health app, which will allow you to keep all the information about your macronutrients and physical activity in one place.

MyFitnessPal has the largest database of foods in the world, which makes it easy and convenient to use.

Michal Sieroslawski

Michal is an exercise physiologist (MSc), nutrition coach, Ashtanga teacher, and fitness blogger. He shares his successes and failures to help busy men and women squash down 20, 50, or even 100 pounds of fat without leaving their home.

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