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How goals are calculated qofmiwok11 — Apr 16, 2018 12:14AM PDT

I'm new to MFP and am confused about goals. Everything I read says that MFP calculates calorie goals based on parameters including desired weight loss. For example it says "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 and nutrient goals." But then you ask for a daily calorie goal, and this seems to be what is used, regardless of what I enter for desired weight loss.

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Best Answer Apr 16, 2018 11:27AM PDT Logan


MyFitnessPal calculates your goals based on your profile information and the amount of weight you would like to lose per week. However, the program also has a limit to the minimum number of calories we recommend per day.

We have designed a program to help with healthy and sustainable weight loss. We do not recommend women consume fewer than 1200 calories per day, or men fewer than 1500 calories per day. Eating too little can produce negative health effects.

Since we have this limitation, depending on your profile information, your original desired weight loss per week may not allow the program to stay within the minimum recommendations. The program will then automatically update to represent a weekly weight loss that is within this range.

These are calculations, and weight loss varies for each individual. We have had members report more of a weight loss than the calculations originally estimated. We recommend staying within your daily recommendations, and see what happens.

If you ever feel you are having a problem with your weight goals, we recommend contacting your doctor or nutritionist.

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MyFitnessPal Staff

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