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Macros are different from set goals evelyne1806 — May 03, 2018 02:34AM PDT

Hi,

I calculated my macros based on the programme I got from my nutritionist. Today, I ate exactly what I was prescribed, but these macros differ from my set goals. Does the calculation take into account the exercise I did today?

Thanks!

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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent May 03, 2018 08:30AM PDT

Hi there,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. 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.

For more information on how we calculate your initial goals, please see this article here

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.

Regards,
Bruce
MyFitnessPal

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