myfitnesspal ignores weight-gain as a goal sasasamamama — Dec 14, 2016 01:16PM PST
First off, I want to say that I like Myfitnesspal, that I find it very functional and convenient, and that I'd recommend it to anyone interested in taking control over their food habits.
However, I believe the app has a bug: it is always assuming that everybody's goal is to lose weight. This happens even if I indicate during registration that I want to gain weight. Specifically,
- my feed will still show posts on diet and exercise, most of which want to help me burn calories and get rid of fat;
- if I "overeat" a certain category, I will get a warning: for example, that I already reached my daily goal of carbs and shouldn't eat more (but this is only a problem to those who want to lose weight: after all, people who lose weight don't get a warning that they haven't reached their daily limit in fat or anything else).
If Myfitnesspal presents itself as a general fitness- and diet-related app, and if it gives me the option to say that I want to gain weight, that goal should be considered more seriously. It would be nice to address the above problems by
- filtering the feed posts according to people's goals. Even if that means that I won't be seeing any posts at all, because gaining weight is less popular. If the posts aren't filtered, then in the best case, they won't be read anyway, and in the worst case, they will be irritating, because people's needs are not being considered. If the posts are filtered, then in the worst case, they won't be read, and in the best case, I will feel good to not be bombarded by irrelevant messages, which seems to happen in all such apps;
- adjusting the warning messages based on a person's weight goal;
- adjusting the recommended balance of nutrients based on a person's goal: for example, should I have to eat a higher ratio of carbs if I want to gain weight?
The problem of underweight is just as serious as overweight (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underweight), even if it is less common, and it is an important issue to address. It will also distinguish Myfitnesspal from other existing calorie-counting and fitness-tracking apps, who all operate under the same assumption that everyone is too fat.
2 Community Answers
Logan MyFitnessPal Agent Dec 14, 2016 01:58PM PST
We are definitely looking into making improvements to our program to be more supportive and offer more content for our members who have chosen to gain weight using MyFitnessPal. Hopefully, these features will be available soon.
In the meantime, thanks so much for using the program. Please let us know if you have any additional feedback, problems or questions.
kmluczanko Dec 25, 2016 08:29AM PST
Thank you for posting this. I too am giving this app a try for the purpose of gaining weight and have the same feedback