Sometimes some people ask me "What tips do you have to lose weight?" Or similarly "What tips do you have to gain muscle?" One of the main tips I have is to use technology. More specifically, use your smart phone! Smart phone technology is one of the most under-used resources for fitness. Here's my favorite app: MyFitnessPal
MyFitnessPal is a macronutrient powerhouse. With a ton of options, it lets you track your intake to the T. Best of all, it's free. For a monthly fee you can get more options, but you realy don't need them.
The best part about MyFitnessPal is the ability to practice IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros). IIFYM is another term for flexible dieting. It lets you eat whatever you want, but it shows you the macros for that meal and your day. So, if you have pizza for breakfast, it shows you just how many grams of fat that pizza had (protein and carbs too) AND it shows you just how many grams of carbs/fats/proteins you can have the rest of the day after downing that delicious pie.
When you first open the app, it'll ask you a few qustions about your body type, your lifestyle, and your goals. With this information it creates a formula and VIOLA! You have your macro count for the day. Don't like it? You can adjust your macronutrient percentages in the settings.
One other benefit of MyFitnessPal is the ability to act in a community of fitness oriented friends. It works a bit like facebook, where you can see your friends food diary (if they let you) and they can cheer you on by liking your statuses. It's a fully customizable app with a ton of features.
The app is used just like a food journal, but it gives you immediate feedback with how you're doing. This is a must for those that don't want to eat like a bodybuilder and for those with random schedules, who travel consistently, who never want to eat the same thing, and for those of us that don't want to prepare our own meals.
Lastly, MyFitnessPal has certified foods, meaning that you can either enter "chicken breast" or "Kirkland Signature Chicken Breast". This is important because different brands have vastly different macros in what seems like mirror foods.