Can I customize my nutritional goals?

​If you are following a different recommended plan from your doctor or nutritionist, you can adjust many of your goals in our mobile apps or on our full site at www.myfitnesspal.com. (Mobile app users should log in using the same username and password they use in the app, when visiting the site).

Website and Windows Phone Users

  • Log in to http://www.myfitnesspal.com in a web browser
  • Click "My Home", then "Goals", then click the "Change Goals" button at the bottom of the page. 
  • Choose the "Custom" option and you'll be taken to a page where you can set your own targets for all of the nutrients we track.
  • Once you've saved your changes, those same changes will appear in the app the next time the app syncs to the website
  • Windows Phone users can adjust their Net Calorie goal directly in the app on the "More" page by tapping "Edit Profile" then "Net Calorie Goal."
In our Android and iOS apps
  • Tap "Goals" in the Menu (or "More" page)
  • Tap the settings  to adjust your weight change and macronutrient goals (Fat, Protein Carbs) 
  • Tap "Advanced Nutritional Goals" to adjust additional micronutrient goals
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.

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.


Last Updated: Sep 24, 2014 03:12PM PDT

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