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Macronutrient percentages don't appear correct. patrickt333 — Jul 08, 2019 10:13AM PDT

I'm starting a keto diet and I changed all my percentages.

Carbs 10%
Fat 60%
Protein 30%

But my food diary shows
Carbs 77
Fat 206
Protein 232

How is 30% protein more grams than 60% fat?

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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent Jul 08, 2019 10:33AM PDT

Hi there,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. Our apologies for any confusion. The macro percentage goal is a calorie goal and not an actual gram goal.

Carbs and protein each have 4 calories per gram.

Fat has 9 calories per gram.

Most food labels report Fat, Carbs, and Protein in grams per serving, so this is the value used when totaling your macronutrient goals in the Nutrient Details area of your diary.

However, a gram of fat will move you toward your NetCalorie goal a little more than twice as quickly as a gram of protein or carbs.

For this reason, your macronutrient calorie ratio is influenced by this difference in “calorie density.”

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions or feedback.


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patrickt333 Jul 08, 2019 10:51AM PDT

Ok, just means your labeling is very misleading, since the bottom label row literally indicates grams with the "g" notation.

A: is this configurable if I go premium?

B: will it really matter if I just track the calories instead of the grams? Seems like it would all be the same in the end.

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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent Jul 08, 2019 11:09AM PDT

Currently there are no options to change the configuration of the percentages; they will always represent the percentage of Calories from each macronutrient.

With Premium, you can change the view in your Diary to show the grams or percentages, and have the option to set your goals by grams, but there isn’t an option to change the configuration. You can learn more about Premium here.

Some people need to keep certain macros at a specific percentage, or keep there total grams per day under a certain number, but if this is not the case for you, then you can follow just your Calorie goal.


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BigfatLeigh Jul 16, 2019 07:31AM PDT

just set your macros by Grams instead, better anyway...

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