At the beginning of your fitness journey, it is important to weigh yourself. Although some people may not like what they see, it is important to be honest with yourself and know your starting point. Only then will you be able to set some real goals.
Remember, your fitness goals should be measurable and realistic. If you are not satisfied with your current weight or strength level, don’t worry. It means that there is room for improvement. The first step is being aware of your current state and then deciding what are your next steps going to be.
How to Set Goals on the MyFitnessPal App?
The MyFitnessPal app is one of the best apps for tracking your daily habits, whether it is your diet or exercise. It is possible to set three different types of goals. If you click on More and then on Goals, you will see all the options.
One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is setting a weight-loss (or weight-gain) goal for the year. People often forget that weight is not the only relevant thing. Actually, sometimes when we work out and define our body, we tend to gain some weight. That happens because we add muscle mass.
In the MyFitnessPal app, you can set goals either to gain or to lose weight. You do so by writing down your Current Weight and then your Goal Weight. You can also break it down to weekly goals to make it more manageable, like losing (or gaining) 0.2kg per week. We strongly recommend adding weekly goals as it will help you stay focused in your journey.
As many people use the MyFitnessPal app as their food diary, it is possible to set some (very detailed) nutrition goals. You can set how many calories do you want to eat in a day, and the app will calculate how many grams of protein, carbs, and fat you have to consume daily. Of course, you can change the percentage if you are on a specific diet, such as an LCHF diet.
In the section Additional Nutrient Goals, you can set your daily goal for each nutrient. For example, you can set your daily limit of saturated fat and sugar.
In this section, you can set your weekly fitness goals. In other words, you can write how many workouts do you want to perform per week and what should be the duration of your workout. The app will then remind you in case you haven’t reached your goal for the week.
How to Change Starting Weight on the MFP app?
There are various reasons why someone would want to change their starting weight on the MFP app. Maybe you have entered the wrong weight or your scale wasn’t working properly. Or maybe you started using the MFP app to track your goals and then you stopped and now you want to get back, but your weight is not the same.
Whatever your reason might be, it is simple to choose your starting weight and it can be done multiple times. Here is how:
- Enter the MFP app and then click More (bottom right corner).
- After that click Goals.
- When you enter Goals, you will see that the first part is dedicated to Weight.
- Click Starting Weight.
- Swipe the entry to set your current weight.
- Then click on the checkmark and your new weight will be saved.
Bonus Step: You can also change the date of your Starting Weight. You can do that on the same screen as the one for changing your starting weight. The date is written in blue letters, as you can see in the photo.
You can change your Goal Weight or your Weekly Goal in a similar way. When you enter Goals, just scroll down and click Goal Weight (or Weekly Goal) instead of Starting Weight.
It is also possible to change the unit of measurement for weight. If you want to do that, go to Settings and then click on Profile. In Profile, click on Units.
The first section of Unit Preferences is dedicated to weight. You can choose whether you want your weight goals to be displayed in pounds or kilograms. Choose the unit that you prefer and it will be easier to track your progress.
Never Become Obsessed with Your Weight
It is easy to fall into the trap of measuring your weight after each meal or after every workout. There are various reasons why that is not a good thing to do. First of all, you shouldn’t let your weight control your life. Secondly, our body weight tends to change during the day. Daily weight fluctuations are normal and most people experience them.
You have probably noted that you weigh less in the morning. It happens if you are measuring your body weight before breakfast because the body gets dehydrated during the night and you haven’t had a chance to put any food into your body.
We hope that this guide was useful and that it helped you understand the MyFitnessPal app better. Changing the starting weight on the app isn’t difficult when you know where to do it. The app has many other interesting features so make sure to explore them.
Do you have any other tips on how to use the MFP app more efficiently? We would love to hear them in the comments section!