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free calorie counter socksme — May 14, 2017 11:10AM PDT

Where i sit? This is why I'm here--I want to count my calorie intake.
can't find calorie counter on website!

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Best Answer May 14, 2017 11:26AM PDT Logan

Thank you for joining MyFitnessPal! It won’t take long until you’re using the website like a pro.

Based on your profile information, we calculate your daily nutritional goals to allow you to lose (or gain) weight at the rate you’ve chosen.

You can eat anything you like, as long as you log all of your food and exercise, and stay within your daily goals. You track your items by adding them to your diary. Each items calories are deducted from your daily goal, providing you with a calorie remainder for the day. If you want eat more on a given day, you simply need to log cardio exercise to increase your daily totals.

We set your nutritional target in Net Calories which we define as:

Calories Consumed (Food) – Calories Burned (Exercise) = Net Calories

What that means is 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.

If you are following a specific guided plan from your doctor or nutritionist (for instance, if you are diabetic or pregnant), you can also customize your plan accordingly. Simply go to the “Goals” sub tab, then “Change Goals” then “Customize Goals”.

Adding Food to Your Diary

Click the “My Home” tab, then the “Food” tab. This will take you to your Food Diary.

Choose the meal to which you’ll be adding food, and click “Add Food” under that meal.

Type the name of the food you’re looking for in the box to the left of the “Search” button. You can use keywords, like “turkey sandwich” or brand names. Then click “Search.”

When the search results appear, click the item that represents the best match, and information for that item will appear on the right hand side. There, you can adjust the serving size and number of servings to reflect the amount you’ve eaten. For example, if you are having half of the standard serving size, change the number of servings from “1” to “.5”. Finally click “Add”

The item will be added to your diary and the calories for the item will be deducted from your daily allowance. With each item you log, your list of recently for each meal category will update automatically, to make it easier to add your favorite foods quickly.

Logging Exercise

To add an exercise to your diary, click the “Exercise” tab, then click “Add Exercise” under “Cardiovascular”. You can search for exercises the same way you search for food. If you cannot find a particular exercise, try rewording it for better results. Single word searches like “run” or “swim” will provide the most useful results.

If you cannot find the exercise you need, and you know how many calories you have burned, via a heart rate monitor or other tracking device, you can add an exercise manually. If your search does not locate the exercise you need, click “Add an exercise to the database” on the search results screen. Or, for a rough calorie estimate, you can try substituting a similar exercise already in our database.

Warm Regards,
Logan
MyFitnessPal Staff

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