Everyone who has ever tried a new diet regimen knows how mind-boggling it can be. You know all the foods to avoid. But even so, tracking all the calories and macros can be complicated. Using an app like MyFitnessPal can help you manage it.
However, your goal in terms of nutrition, calories, and macro rations can change. You might be looking to up your fat intake, and you want that goal to reflect in MyFitnessPal. Let’s see how to change your macros in MyFitnessPal.
Where Are the Macros?
MyFitnessPal comes with a ton of features. It’s one of the most popular calories and macro counting apps on the market. The app is free to download, but you have to subscribe to the premium membership to get all the bells and whistles. Still, the free version is pretty elaborate and gives you plenty of features.
Your macros are fat, carbohydrates, and protein. These three macronutrients cover 100% of everything you eat in a day. It’s up to you how you want to distribute that percentage. And here is what you need to change your macros in MyFitnessPal:
- Login MyFitnessPal on your mobile device.
- Tap on the three horizontal lines in the top left corner of the screen.
- Scroll down a bit and select “Goals.”
- Under the section “Nutrition Goals,” select “Calorie, Carbs, Protein, and Fat Goals.”
- Click on any of “Carbohydrates, Protein, and Fat” options.
- You’ll see percentage counters for all three macros.
- Set the counters as you please. The total has to sum up to 100%.
You can set your macro goals in grams as well. For some people, that is a much simpler route. But this feature is for Premium users only. The same applies to your daily macro goals.
What Else Can You Track?
Tracking macronutrients is essential when you’re trying to stick to a diet. It’s especially relevant if you’re on the Keto diet or any other low-carb diet. You have to be very mindful of your carbs and where you get them from. You also have to mind the fat, as well as protein intakes. There’s a lot to consider, and all of it is much easier to track with an app.
However, MyFitnessPal is primarily a calorie counter app. And that makes sense, because for the most part, when people are trying to lose weight or maintain it, they’re interested in their calorie intake.
It doesn’t matter what kind of diet regimen you follow, to lose weight, you have to cut down on the calories. That is why setting your calorie goals is a crucial part of MyFitnessPal experience.
Under the same section where you change your macro goals, you can set your calorie goals as well. You should first set your daily calorie intake goal. And then, the macro percentages will adjust to fit that calorie goal.
Putting in Your Data
For MyFitnessPal to be useful on your fitness journey, you need to update it regularly. The app follows your progress in detail. It keeps your streaks and counts the days you’ve logged in and entered all that you have eaten. It also has an enormous database of products for easy entries.
The way it works is that you put in all your daily meals, including snacks and water, and check how many calories remain for you to consume that day.
That applies to macros too. You can check your stats after every meal and adjust your next meal accordingly. You can also enter your daily exercise routine, as well as all the steps you’ve taken that day. You can sync the app with other fitness apps and smartwatches.
At the end of the day, you can click “Complete Diary,” and the app will give you a summary of your day. The app will also tell you what to expect in the next five weeks if every following day would be like today. To see how your daily nutrition progress looks like, all you need to do is:
- Login MyFitnessPal.
- From the menu, select “Nutrition.”
- The app will show you the page representing the nutrients ratio for that day.
- Alternate between tabs on that same page to see Calories and Macros.
The data in Calories and Macros sections will be arranged in pie charts. You will have four categories in the Calories section: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. And for the Macros section, it will be three. Carbs are blue, fat is red, and the protein is green.
Tracking your calories and your macros is the most relevant part of using MyFitnessPal. But you can also use it for so much more. Due to its immense popularity, the app offers access to a large community. There are blogs, forums, and subforums built around the app.
For people struggling to stay on track, it can be crucial to reach out and share their journey with others. It’s also a good place to celebrate your successes and see what other people did to stay motivated. The app also allows you to set reminders, exchange recipes, and add friends.
Keeping Track of Your App
Even if your primary goal isn’t to lose weight, but to keep track of what you eat, MyFitnessPal can be useful to you. The more you explore the app, the more features you will discover. Changing your macro goals is simple to do. But deciding what those goals should be is entirely up to you.
To get the most out of it, you should update your food diary regularly. Otherwise, you’ll probably lose track of what’s going on. But don’t let it control you because stressing about food is not particularly helpful.
Have you ever used MyFitnessPal? Was it easy to make changes? Let us know in the comments.