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When I change my macros %'s, my calorie goal goes up cul8rv8 — Jul 29, 2016 07:49PM PDT

I currently use a Fitbit Charge HR as well as a Fitbit Aria scale for tracking my progress. My calculated goal is to consume roughly 1225 kcal per day before exercise based on my calculated BMR and my intake and output over the last several weeks. My macros goals are 50%/30%/20% Carbs/Protein/Fat. When I set up MFP to automatically calculate based on a sedentary lifestyle and a 1000 kcal deficit, it gives me a target of 1230 kcal, which is close enough for me. However, it resets my macros goals to 50%/20%/30% C/P/F. When I go in and manually change that to my preferred goals, it doesn't seem to automatically adjust my calorie goal based on weight. My understanding is MFP should recalculate every 10 lbs, but it doesn't seem to do so, as I've never been asked if I want to recalculate. I tried to manually change my weight by 10 lbs, but when I did that, it went up to 1500 calories rather than going down as I would expect.

Does it go to a manual calorie goal when I change the macros goals? Is it possible to change the macros without affecting the calorie goal being automatic? If this is the case, then if I were to upgrade to a Premium account, will that allow me to change just the macros without affecting the automatic calorie goal? I'm having good success so far, but would like to dial this stuff in so I can focus my energy on my diet and exercise, not on the math. :)

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Maximiliano MyFitnessPal Agent Aug 01, 2016 12:32PM PDT


Thank you for taking the time to contact us.

Changing your macro goals should not actually change your calorie goal. However this could prompt your goals to update if they have not for a while.

I think what you are running into is our goal minimums.

The program is designed to recalculate your goals based on your profile information, but the program also has a limit to the minimum number of calories we recommend per day. We have designed a program to help with healthy and sustainable weight loss. We do not recommend that women consume fewer than 1200 calories per day, or men fewer than 1500 calories per day. Eating too little can produce negative health effects.

Since we have this limitation, depending on your profile information, your calculations may not be able to recalculate when you change your information. However, these are calculations, and weight loss varies for each individual. We have had members report more of a weight loss than the calculations originally estimated. We recommend staying within your daily recommendations, and see what happens.

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