Can I customize my nutritional goals?
If you are following a different recommended plan from your doctor or nutritionist, you can change some of your goals within our mobile apps, and additional goals by logging into our website at www.myfitnesspal.com. Mobile app users should log in using the same username and password they use in the app.
Once you've logged in, click "My Home", then "Goals", then "Change Goals", and choose the "Custom" option. On that page, you can change your individual nutritional goals. When you have finished please make sure you click the "Change Goals" button at the bottom of the page. If you are also using a MyFitnessPal mobile app, those changes will be reflected in the app the next time the app syncs.
MyFitnessPal distributes fat, carb and protein calories based on a percentage, in five percent increments. If you customize your macronutrient goals, all three goals will adjust to total 100%. If you have a very precise goal, in grams, for protein, carbs, or fat, you may only be able to come close to setting that goal, based on the nearest percentage. If you wish to track a specific gram goal, we recommend monitoring the "total" value in your diary for this nutrient, rather than the "remaining" total.
Please note that your goals will update once you add exercise in the cardiovascular section for a given day: your exercise calories will be added to your goal for the day, distributed according to your chosen nutrient ratio.
If you are using one of our mobile apps, you can adjust your Net Calorie goal (but not all of your individual nutrient goals) in the app itself.
In the Android, iPad and iPhone apps
- Select "Settings" in the Menu Drawer then "Fitness Goals."
- Tap "Net Calorie Goal"
In our other apps
- On the "More" page select "Edit Profile
- Select "Net Calorie Goal."
We set your nutritional target in Net Calories which we define as:
Calories Consumed (Food) - Calories Burned (Exercise) = Net Calories
This means that if you exercise, you will be able to eat more for that day. For example, if your Net Calorie goal is 2000 calories, one way to meet that goal is to eat 2,500 calories of food, but then burn 500 calories through exercise.
Think of your Net Calories like a daily budget of calories to spend. You spend them by eating, and you earn more calories to eat by exercising. We do not recommend that any member consume fewer than 1200 net calories on any given day.