MFP Acronyms and Terms for New Members

This originates from one our forum topics, which is updated here.


30DS: 30 Day Shred: A cardiovascular and plyometric exercise program. 
%BF: percent body fat
BMF: BodyMedia Fit. An exercise calorie and metrics tracking system.
BMI: Body Mass Index: The ratio between a person’s height and weight. Used as a screening indicator of a person’s overall body mass composition.
BMR: Base or Basal Metabolic Rate For TDEE and BMR, more info here.


BP: Bench Press


Bump: A message of BUMP is placed in a thread for a user to come back and read later. Making a post of "Bump" causes it to appear in the user's My Topics list. 


BW: Can stand for either:

Beginning weight (for those tracking weight loss or weight gain regimens)

Bodyweight, as in bodyweight exercises, such as push-ups, plyometrics).


C25K: Couch to 5K: A running program designed for beginner and non-runners to get them from the couch to running a 5K. Some are 8 weeks, others are slightly longer.


CICO: Calories in / Calories out


DL: Deadlift


DOMS: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.  Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), also called muscle fever, is the pain and stiffness felt in muscles several hours to days after unaccustomed or strenuous exercise. The soreness is felt most strongly 24 to 72 hours after the exercise.  Read more here.


DYEC: Do you even cardio?


DYEL: Do you even lift?


ED: Eating Disorder. There are several kinds. For more information, please visit this link.Go to this link for more information.


EBF: Exclusively Breast Fed/Feeding


EMTLW/EMTWL: Eat More to Lose Weight/Eat More to Weigh Less


ESE: Eat Stop Eat. A type of Intermittent Fasting diet plan.


ETA: Edited to Add - Used to show an edit to a previous post so you know what was added or modified since it was originally posted.


Exercise Abbreviations:

  • BPbench press
  • BW: body weight (as in body weight exercises, like push-ups and other forms of isometric exercise)
  • DL: deadlift
  • LPleg press
  • OHP: overhead press
  • WOD: workout of the day

Fitbit: A small electronic device attached to clothing to monitor steps taken and movement throughout the day. 


FF: Formula fed/feeding


FFM: Fat-free mass - body weight without fat, same as LBM (lean body mass)


HIIT: High-Intensity Interval Training.  A form of interval training, a cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods.  More can be found here.


HR: Heart Rate


HRM: Heart Rate Monitor


IFIntermittent Fasting is a pattern of eating that alternates between periods of fasting (usually meaning consumption of water only) and non-fasting.

  • IF Patterns are known as "shorties", and are stated as numerical values, separated by a colon:
  • 16:8 fast for 16 hours and eat within an 8 hour window every day (16 + 8 = 24hrs). So you might decide to have all your calories between 10am and 6pm or in my case 12:00 noon and 8pm.
  • 5:2 is eat at TDEE for 5 days and fast for 2. Your fast days should not be consecutive.
  • 4:3 is like 5:2 but you eat TDEE for 4 days and fast for 3. Your fast days should not be consecutive.

IIFYM: If It Fits Your Macros - See Macronutrients.

IMHO:  In My Humble Opinion 

IPOARM: In Place of a Road Map: From the MFP page: "In Place of a Road Map is simply a way to get your metabolism functioning at max capacity while eating as much as you can and getting the results that you need. This is also a Fat Loss program. Never confuse Fat Loss with Weight Loss."  The IPOARM group can be found in our groups section or by clicking here.

Isometric exercise: The use of one's own body to exercise without the use of weights or specialized equipment. The body = gravity = your gym. Resources: click here or here

Kitten:  MyFitnessPal's Profanity Filter.  Instead of using **** as a profanity filter, we use *kitten*.


LBM: Lean body mass - same as FFM (fat-free mass)


LP: Leg Press


Macronutrients/Macros: The large categories of nutritional ratios of Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat.


MFP: MyFitnessPal


NEAT: "Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis" To tie in NEAT to other concepts here, your TDEE is the sum of your BMR and your NEAT.


Net Calories: number of calories eaten minus number of calories burned in exercise and baseline metabolism.

Noob/Newb/Newbie:  A new member to the site or forums.


NROL4W: New Rules of Lifting for Women- information at


NSV: Non-Scale Victory a dieting and weight loss term for noticing your weight loss success off the scale. This includes smaller clothing sizes, measurements, compliments, etc.


OP: Means "original post" or "original poster" of a forum topic. Example: "The OP was clearly talking about carbs instead of fat."


P90X: A high intensity, 90 day cardiovascular/plyometric fitness routine.


Paleo: The paleolithic diet (abbreviated paleo diet or paleodiet), also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various hominid species habitually consumed... continue reading on wikipedia.  


PCOS: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome - Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition in which a woman has an imbalance of female sex hormones. This may lead to menstrual cycle changes, cysts in the ovaries, trouble getting pregnant, and other health changes. Weight gain and obesity are common in women with PCOS. Losing weight can help treat the hormone changes and health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. Read more here.


Primal: The Primal Diet is a carnivorous, low carbohydrate raw foods diet, pioneered by Aajonus Vonderplanitz. It can also be considered as a Paleolithic diet with the addition of raw milk products.  Read more on wikipedia.


QFT: Quoted For Truth - QFT is used when a previous or quoted post is so on point and correct, you "QFT it" for emphasis and agreement. 


RMR: Resting Metabolic Rate, sometimes incorrectly used interchangeably with BMR


SL5x5 (or plain SL): StrongLifts 5x5 - a strength training problem stressing compound lifts - squat, deadlift, bench press, barbell row and overhead press.


T25: Officially 'Focus T25", an exercise program.


TDEE: Total Daily Energy Expenditure

TIL: Today l Learned


TLDR/TL;DR: Too Long Didn't Read

TMI:  Too Much Information


TOM: For women - "Time Of the Month"- The monthly menstrual cycle. Important in terms of fitness because of the uncontrolled body changes and water retention that can affect weight loss and fitness goals and plans.

Vegetarian/Vegan/Pescatarian/Flexitarian: More information can be found about each eating style here.  Below is a brief summary from the website above.

  • Flexitarian: “Flexitarian” is a term recently coined to describe those who eat a mostly vegetarian diet, but occasionally eat meat.
  • Pescatarian:  The word “pescatarian” is occasionally used to describe those who abstain from eating all meat and animal flesh with the exception of fish.
  • Vegetarian:  People who do not eat beef, pork, poultry, fish, shellfish or animal flesh of any kind, but do eat eggs and dairy products.
  • Vegan:  Vegans do not eat meat of any kind and also do not eat eggs, dairy products, or processed foods containing these or other animal-derived ingredients such as gelatin.

VLCD:  This is a diet with very or extremely low daily food energy consumption.  Read more here.


  • GW: Goal Weight
  • CW: Current Weight
  • SW: Starting Weight
  • UGW: Ultimate goal weight - The final weight goal a person wishes to attain
WOD: Workout of the Day

Woo: An idea or approach is too good to be true. (one of the MFP forum reactions)

YMMV: Your mileage may vary. Basically means that if you try what the poster recommended, it may not produce exactly the same results.





Last Updated: Jan 02, 2019 10:53AM PST

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