To help you get the most out of the 8fit app, let’s start at the beginning: establish your starting point (where you are now), and goals (where you’d like to go).
After setting up your profile, taking the first steps in our workout plan, and telling us about your dietary preferences for your nutrition plan, you’ll be set up for success with a workout & nutrition plan tailor-made just for you. So what are you waiting for?
We’d like to get to know you better
We ask new 8fit members to start by building a Profile – you can access yours by selecting the icon ‘Profile’ in the bottom-right corner. The information you enter here determines the workout and meal plan we create for you, so be sure to be as accurate as possible. But don’t worry, this will be quick!
If your main goal is to lose fat, then “lose weight” is the perfect goal for you. This will ensure that you have enough nutrition to support your workouts while you lose weight in a safe, sustainable way.
Select “get fitter” if you’re mostly happy with your weight, but you’d like to tone up. Your weight will remain more-or-less the same, but you’ll transform fat into muscle mass for a more toned physique.
This one’s pretty self-explanatory, but choosing the “gain muscle mass” goal will give you a caloric surplus in your meal plan, so your weight will increase as you build muscle.
How do we figure out the best way to help you reach your goal? It comes down to the information you give us in your profile. All of this information can be edited by tapping “Modify your fitness plan” on your profile, located on the bottom-right corner of the 8fit app.
Body fat percentage is a great way to establish where you are currently, and where you want to be, so we ask you to select images to represent both. It’s more accurate than selecting a goal weight, because this measurement accounts for changes in body composition.
Your “activity level” is how active you are. Please select the activity level to what you will be doing and not what you currently are doing. For example, if you ‘rarely’ exercise, but want to workout 1-3 times per week, please select Light: 1-3 times per week. It’s important to be as accurate as possible, as this will affect how many calories you get in your meal plan. If you’re not getting enough nutrition to fuel your activity, you might not see your desired results, and too many calories would prevent progress as well.
The last element of your profile is your weight – this too helps 8fit accurately calculate your caloric intake on our meal plan.
These four key pieces of information – your goal, body fat percentage, activity level and weight – are used to calculate your target weight, which we then use to create your custom meal plan and workout plan.
With 8fit, you’ll be reaching your goal in a healthy, sustainable way, and we’ll be here to guide you through every step. Speaking of steps…
It’s time to make some moves.
We want to make sure you’re on a workout level that suits you and your abilities – but how do you know what that means?
The right level for you should mean that the workouts are challenging, but enjoyable, and achievable. Sweating and out of breath? That’s ok. Can’t complete the reps as described, or breezing through without feeling the burn? It may be time to reevaluate.
To ensure you’re starting on the right level, the 8fit coaches developed a 10-minute, no-equipment-required Fitness Test. If you missed the Fitness Test when you first logged in, or simply want to retake it to see where your fitness stands now, select the green cog found at top-right of your Workouts dashboard. From there, select “Change Program” and tap the “Start Fitness Test”. You’ll perform a quick workout, and then we’ll select the perfect starting point for your workout plan.
Let’s get cooking.
Following your 8fit meal plan will take your success to the next level. Simply tell us what you need and want from your diet, and we’ll give you tasty, easy-to-prepare recipes that align with your preferences and your goals. You’ll be cooking and eating wholesome, nutritious meals with real foods – no restrictions, fads, gimmicks or pseudoscience here.
To make changes to your meal plan at any time, select the ‘Meals’ icon in the bottom of the app and the Settings icon at top-right. Here, you can tell us more about your preferences for:
Choose from Standard, Pescatarian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Paleo, options, or make it your own. Select “Custom” on the Diet Type screen to exclude food groups, like dairy, shellfish, or gluten, for example. Not into nightshades? Don’t care for cabbage? Tell us what specific ingredients you’d like to avoid on the Allergies and Exclusions screen in the next step.
Our goal is to make it simple for you to succeed, so whether you’re the type who can’t spend more than 10 minutes on a recipe, or someone who loves indulging in gourmet culinary experiences, we’ll design your meal plan to your needs. Select as many characteristics as you like from options like Quick, Simple, Affordable, Family-Friendly, Gourmet and Meal-Prep.
Number of Meals
We recommend three meals and a snack per day, but we recognize that’s not the ideal day for everyone. Maybe you need more meals, or fewer – so we let you decide. Tell us how often you’d like to eat, and we’ll spread your nutritional needs over your preferred meal count. You can also tell us how much variety day-to-day is important to you and we’ll mix up your options accordingly.
Once you’ve got your meal plan set up and you’re looking at the days ahead, you can also swap out one recipe for another or even individual ingredients in a recipe, if you see something you don’t like. The options are endless!
One thing to note as you get up and running with your meal plan: the body can take some time to adjust to healthy eating, if it’s new to you. Changes in digestion are normal and temporary.
You’re Ready to Rock!
Now that you’ve got your workout level perfected and your meal plan is populated with foods you’ll love and that will fuel your progress, you’re already on your way to a fitter, healthier you.
Select your start day (there’s no time like the present!) and set yourself up for success by stocking your fridge and pantry with all the ingredients you’ll need. Grocery shopping for your plan is a breeze thanks to our in-app shopping list – just click the green shopping cart in the top-left corner of your Meals dashboard.
Taking a few minutes to set up your profile and customize your plans is the surest way to hit the ground running with 8fit. Get started today!