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Nutrition vs Goals heyraeray — Jan 03, 2018 12:59PM PST

I customized my macros, however my goals do not match when I look in Nutrition. For example, my carb macro is set for 114, but under Nutrition it's set at 132.9.


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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent Jan 03, 2018 02:05PM PST


Thank you for taking the time to contact us. This is due to added exercise.

When you create your profile, we ask you for your age, height, weight, gender, and normal daily activity level. We use these factors to determine the calories required to maintain your current weight. We also ask how much weight you would like to lose or gain per week, and with this goal in mind we subtract calories (for weight loss) or add calories (for weight gain) to determine your daily calorie goal.

Because your daily calorie goal already accounts for your intent to gain or lose weight at a particular rate, you can achieve your goal by eating the specified number of calories per day, with no additional exercise required. If you do exercise, then your daily calorie goal will increase for the day, to stabilize your weight loss or weight gain at the rate you initially specified.

The calories added to your daily goal are divided among the various nutrients such as fat, carbs, and protein, which is why these increase when you log calories from exercise.

However, since you have Premium, you can modify the effects of logging cardio exercise. This can be helpful, for example, to those who must not consume more than a certain amount of carbs per day, or who may wish to distribute their exercise calories across fat, carbs and protein for specific dietary or performance goals. With a Premium subscription:

In Android and iOS, visit the “Goals” Screen and tap “Exercise Calories”
On the Web, click “My Home” then “Goals” then click “Edit” in the “Fitness” area

Then, turn exercise calories to “Off” if you want your nutritional goals to remain static when you add cardio exercise.

Or leave, exercise calorie “on,” but select “Custom percentage” and modify the ratio of carbs, protein and fat added back to your goals when you work out!

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


Please note: while we do provide technical support through our technical forums, our Premium Expedited Support is only available through our email channel. Please feel free to contact us here in order to take advantage of that.

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estjohn221 Jan 17, 2018 06:36PM PST

does logging steps also produce this glitch?

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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent Jan 18, 2018 08:35AM PST

Hi estjohn221

To clarify, this is not a glitch and is expected behavior. When you log exercise or receive and adjustment from your daily activity/steps, your goals will increase as you are now burning more Calories for that day then MyFitnessPal already accounted for, so you can eat more for that day. The added Calories are divided among the various nutrients such as fat, carbs, and protein, which is why these increase when you log calories from exercise.

If your Diary goals do not match what you have set and it is not due to added exercise, please let us know.

All the best,

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